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The Quest for Mach 1 (Penguin Studio Books) [Hardcover]

Chuck Yeager , Bob Cardenas , Bob Hoover , Jack Russell , James Young , Walter Boyne
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26 Feb 1998 Penguin Studio Books
On October 14, 1947, flying the Bell X-1 rocket plane, Chuck Yeager burst through the mythical sound barrier at mach 1.0, to become the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager's epic flight was the culmination of hours of work and flying time by a group of dedicated aviation pioneers, and it marked the beginning of flight testing as we know it. Who were these men? What were the aeronautical hurdles they cleared to usher in the space age and manned space flight? In the quest for Mach One, members of the Mach One team come together to chronicle the entire X-1 programme. They are Chuck Yeager, test pilot; Bob Cardenas, mother ship pilot; Bob Hoover, backup and chase pilot; and Jack Russell, Yeager's X-1 crew chief. Theirs is a saga of camaraderie, technical brilliance and heroism.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Studio; First Edition edition (26 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670874604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670874606
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 24 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 10!Inside story of 1 of world's greatest feats in aviation 22 Oct 1997
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For the first time, the exciting inside story of the breaking of the sound barrier as told by Chuck Yeager and his X-1 team members. World renowned stunt pilot Bob Hoover was Yeager's chase pilot that fatefull morning. It is a beautifully illustrated book with 125 photos, many from the authors private collections that have never been seen by the public or published before. It also includes a chapter on famous aviatrix and motion picture stunt pilot Pancho Barnes and her Happy Bottom Riding Club. Pancho offered a free steak to the first man to break the sound barrier (Mach One) and Yeager collected that steak on Oct. 14th 1947. Pancho's Club was the fraternity house for the test pilots, where they could share lessons learned in flying the new jets and to celebrate surviving for one more day<p> It is a brilliant saga of dedication to duty, team work, camaraderie, technical brilliance, unmatched flying skills and heroism. These men are true heroes and role models for todays youth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Was Their Timing 4 April 2014
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Other reviewers are right- the men who teamed up to break the speed of sound were the best. Even without their combat experiences, they 'flew by the numbers' and did it on service pay. Great timing on their part! This book features page after page of men in front of P-51s, F-86s, B-29s- and, of course, the Bell X-1. I had always remembered the affection Yeager felt for Pancho Barnes; but had missed the generous nature that led her to give a meal and helping hand to any pilot down on his luck.
What really struck me were the opportunities missed by Bell Aircraft. They produced the first U.S. jet plane (P-59 in 1943), then the X-1 family after 1945. However, other companies got the big orders, leaving Bell either sub-contracting or go into the field of rotary wing design. Lousy timing! They never got to build on their design experience with the X-1.
Worse, several of the key players in breaking the sound barrier died soon after. But Muroc/Edwards Air Force Base grew to become a center of research in aviation technology.
In time, aeronautical design blended wartime experience (especially German research), wind tunnel testing, and advances in engines to build fast planes like the SR-71, or Space Shuttle, and B-1 bomber. Yet that first flight is always into the unknown.
I count off one star because the book ends after the Air Force released news of breaking the sound barrier, and leaves the impression that the 'monster of high speed flight' had been conquered. Whole generations of production planes would be tested at Edwards by the successors to Yeager, Hoover, Ridley, Cardenas, and others. Too many lost their lives doing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for pilots 11 May 2013
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My dad is a avid airman who has been flying since before I was born. Not only does he fly, but he also built his current airplane. I'm always looking for airplane related gifts for him because they're sure to be a big hit, and this one did not disappoint.
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