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The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey - NASA Research Pilot Stories, XB-70 Tragic Collision, M2-F1 Lifting Body, YF-12 Blackbird, Apollo LLRV Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (NASA SP-4108)
The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey - NASA Research Pilot Stories, XB-70 Tragic Collision, M2-F1 Lifting Body, YF-12 Blackbird, Apollo LLRV Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (NASA SP-4108)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packed with facts, a chore to read, 30 July 2015
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This guy has had a fantastic career and accomplished more on any random Tuesday than I will in my entire life. I'm a bit of an aviation nut so I was excited to read this book, but I'm sorry to report it just doesn't do it for me.

The stories interest me to a point, it isn't the subject matter than failed to grab me, it was the writing style. There's such a high level of assumed baseline knowledge that all too often I found myself re-reading sentences two of three times to try understand what was being said. There are far too many acronyms to be able to read this book and enjoy it. Sometimes something is explained before getting into the story proper, other times, it's just assumed the reader understands what's being discussed.

I don't regret buying the book but it could've been so much more accessible and enjoyable


Tenn Mens Viper Padded Cycling Bib Shorts - Black/Red - 3XL
Tenn Mens Viper Padded Cycling Bib Shorts - Black/Red - 3XL

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 23 July 2015
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I originally bought the Tenn Outdoor Bib Shorts and was massively disappointed with, I read the reviews and several people recommend these as an alternative. How impressed am I?

The build quality is top notch, the pad thickness is very generous, as soon as you step into these shorts everything falls where it needs to and instantly feels comfortable. I weight lift as well as cycle, and I've got a 54-60" chest depending how hard I'm training, the straps and torso portion of the shorts fit me with ease as did the rest of the shorts.

A third of the price when compared to my Altura bib shorts and they already feel better quality and better value. Very comfy


Tenn-Outdoors Men's Bib Front with Moulded Pad Cycling Shorts - Black/White, XXX-Large/40-42 Inch
Tenn-Outdoors Men's Bib Front with Moulded Pad Cycling Shorts - Black/White, XXX-Large/40-42 Inch

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Baffling proportions, 20 July 2015
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I'll get the positives out the way first. The build quality on this product is really good, I've been riding with Altura shorts and found the quality of these to be much better. The pad is about 3 times as thick also.

Sadly, the positives end there. I weight lift as well as cycle, and the straps don't make any allowances whatsoever for any kind of shoulder muscle. Standing up straight made it feel like I had knives digging into my shoulders.

The pad is also baffling far forward. The front of the pad starts around my naval approx, and stops some 2-3 inches short of actually covering my sit bones. Some "adhoc" manipulation results in me getting a little bit of the pad covering my sit bones but nowhere near enough to actually contemplate riding in them.

I've returned them and orders the Tenn Viper shorts as from reading other reviews they seem to address a lot of my issues


The Inside Track: Paddocks, Pit Stops and Tales of My Life in the Fast Lane
The Inside Track: Paddocks, Pit Stops and Tales of My Life in the Fast Lane
by Jake Humphrey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, 2 April 2013
This book is massively deceiving. I'm a big F1 fan, so thought a book titled "the inside track" and purporting to contain "tales of my life in the fast lane" would provide some insight into Jake's years spent fronting the BBC F1 coverage from a funny anecdote or a behind the scenes point of view. Instead, what I bought was 260 pages of dumbed-down explanation as to what F1 is and how it works, as if it were being explained to an F1 newcomer.

It does hint at some of what Jake saw when on the road, such as Sebastian Vettel's celebrations after the 2011 British Grand Prix, but it's over and done with inside a sentence, and these moments can be counted on one hand throughout the book.


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