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Infamous Aircraft: Dangerous Designs and Their Vices Hardcover – 30 Sep 2005


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd (30 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844151727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844151721
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 926,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jackson has written many books on military, aviation and naval history since retiring from a leading national newspaper where he was defence correspondent. He lives in Darlington; his other main interest is rugby union.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Briggs on 5 Sept. 2007
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His grammar doesn't seem to be perfect, but this guy really can tell a story.

It would have been very easy, unavoidable almost , to turn out a bland, matter-of-fact technical catalogue on less-than-perfect aircraft, but the author manages to mix clear descriptions of the technical deficiencies (that must necessarily be told) with enthralling tales of each aircraft's service history.

Even in the case of 'crude' WWI aircraft, the way each story is related makes this a very difficult book to put down.

Informative and thoroughly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By northolt on 12 Aug. 2010
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This is an excellent book on a very interesting topic that is not covered by many books.It is well research and easy to read.Humans mostly learn from their mistakes ,and aircraft designers are no different,this book is a must for younger readers to give them knowledge of aircraft that they most probably never heard of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TCSC47 on 15 May 2013
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As an aircraft history fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I would however, have liked a few more pictures so I could visualise the airplanes. However, I read the book in conjunction with surfing the airplanes, and this added enormously to the experience. The web contains many pictures but not information to the depth of detail offered by Robert Jackson in the book.

My other quibble is I would have liked a bibliography to give me confidence that the author knew what he was talking about (although the text agreed with facts that I already had knowledge of), and enable me to follow up what I have read.

Just to add, that the book is also a tribute to the brave men and boys who tried to fly these planes and to the skills of the guys who actually managed it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George W on 23 Mar. 2014
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This book is a collection of stories about the development of odd aircraft or ones which had hideous vices and killed lots of pilots. Each chapter focusses on one type but seems to wander off to other aircraft of the same time period. It made it slightly confusing to follow at times. It covers both east and west aircraft from WWI to the very recent past. A reasonable read but I won't read it twice.
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Interesting to read about the history,trails, tribulations and human cost of getting air crafts from drawing board into service. Have heard of some of the air crafts, but not of others. Interesting to see the approach taken to some of the of the now established designs and operations of air crafts. In my humble opinion, the reader or potential reader need not have an interest in air crafts to enjoy this book.
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I have a keen interest in aircraft, and thought this a good read, however as some other reviews have mentioned it really could have used more illustrations especially as a lot of the subject matter are largely unknown types that are rarely seen in more general aviation books. Still would have no problem recommending this though.
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An interesting but rather disturbing account of the international problems that faced aircraft designers in their constant quest for improvement.
It also highlighted the extreme bravery of the test pilots. Having been first of all a RAF ground engineer, and then civilian, I fully appreciated many of the problems encountered, and was frequently amazed.
A very good read if aeroplanes are in your blood.
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By Airspotter on 10 Mar. 2014
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I was 'very pleased with this book probably because I can remember a lot of the later aircraft covered. In the 50s and 60s a lot of the development was a bit "hit and miss" particularly when airframe designers were struggling to cope with the power of the new jet engines and effects of compressability as speeds approached Mach 1.0. Altogether a good read.
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