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Wide-body: Making of the 747 Hardcover – 4 Feb 1993


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books; First Edition edition (4 Feb 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340534877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340534878
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wide Body is not only the story of the Jumbo Jet, it is also the story of much of the early and crucial development work that finaly materialized itself in the 747. This includes the introduction of the jet engine after WW2 and the tremendous work that went into the development of the swept wing.
The book not only focuses on the nuts and bolts of the plane, but also on the key persons involved, the competition with Douglas and the tensions between the Boeing Company, the engine manufacturer and Pan Am (the launch customer of the 747).
I found the book well researched and very readable, I really enjoyed reading it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henrik Andersson on 2 Feb 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books on aeroplane history I have ever read. It is not just a history of the 747, it is rather a history of the Boeing commercial division. Half the book is devoted to the 707 and its roots in the B-47 and the B-52. You get to know the people behind the decisions on the 747 and have the "whys" and "why nots" of the various design features explained. The connections with the airline industry, mainly Pan Am, is also detailed.
All in all you might think that this book is like a technical report and rather boring to the non-enthusiast but it is not like that at all. It reads like a novel and when I read it the first time I could't put it down. I finished it sometime around 5.30 am and it was worth it. Highly recommended!
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A thorough and fascinating account of the development of the 747 from Boeing's beginnings to the aeroplanes that have made the world a smaller place. It is a detailed book with a cast of many characters but written in a style that keeps you turning the pages. It gives an appreciation of the incredible feat of technology and engineering that is required to develop these machines.
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