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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and revealing
It's always interesting to hear the opinions of those who were there and did it, and this is a pretty forthright account of our (if you are British) not always glorious past.
The aircraft involved are all reflected upon with honest subjectively, which I prefer.
The faults of government procurement and the foolish decision to farm out our jet technology to the...
Published 11 months ago by G. M. Hedger

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3.0 out of 5 stars Test Pilot
An interesting sequence of stories. The main flying bit is covered well, but I found myself wanting to know more about the author, particularly in the later years. I felt the author was holding back (opinions on personalities, background info) more than was strictly necessary. Enjoyable enough read, though.
Published 21 months ago by Clarsach


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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and revealing, 29 May 2014
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This review is from: Flight Testing to Win: An autobiograpghy of a test pilot (Kindle Edition)
It's always interesting to hear the opinions of those who were there and did it, and this is a pretty forthright account of our (if you are British) not always glorious past.
The aircraft involved are all reflected upon with honest subjectively, which I prefer.
The faults of government procurement and the foolish decision to farm out our jet technology to the Soviet Union and, indeed, America, reminds us of how a technological lead was tossed aside and the price we paid as an industrial nation.

I enjoyed this book very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read., 22 July 2013
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This book tells the story of the career of Tony Blackman, test pilot. The book covers his early life, then his RAF career from undertaking National Service as an education officer, through pilot training, service in Germany as a fighter pilot and finally entry to the Empire Test Pilots School. The book goes on to cover his experiences flying aircraft such as the Vulcan and HS748. For me, one of the most interesting parts of the book was tale of his encounters with Howard Hughes. This is a very readable book, written in a simple clear style. Aeronautical terms are used as appropriate, but Blackman manages to explain the concepts clearly to the reader.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in aviation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A key player in the success of the post-war British aviation industry., 6 Aug. 2014
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Here is an exceptionally talented individual who was able to combine intellect with piloting skills and strong business sense in a way that made him a significant contributor to the success of the British aviation industry. Reading about the part he played in the development and testing of the Vulcan alone makes a gripping read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So factual and Enjoyable, 14 Jun. 2014
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Great read and so well written. Puts you in the cockpit and ready to roll. Any chance of Vol 2?
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5.0 out of 5 stars NAIL BITING, 8 Jun. 2014
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fantastic insight into the life of a very dangerous and sometimes whats round the corner "CLOUD" very well explained

D SMITH
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must if your interested inAviation, 14 Mar. 2014
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What a lucky guy! He was involved in Aviation at the right time, being fortunate to fly some of Britain's best military aircraft at their inception, including the iconic V Bombers. A very interesting book looking at test flying of military and civil aircraft. Gets slightly less interesting towards the end of the book when the author stops flying and becomes involved in "desk flying". Overall a worthwhile read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Unknown, 2 Feb. 2014
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Anyone who is only a bit interested in flying will appreciate this book, its a lifes work on the edge, into the unknown without doubt. Stansted airport is only 20 minutes from my home to the east and De Havilland at Hatfield again about 20 minutes away to the west and my wifes uncle was a boffin at Hatfield and flew with the BA146 on test, despite this personal interest it is still a great read and will mean a lot to those familiar with the Comet 4 and that great name of De Havilland at Hatfield in peace and wartime (Later British Aerospace) a legend!! What i liked about this book is the test pilots own account of flying round the world to exotic places and not so exotic, at a time when navigation and cockpit aids were either not invented or were only in their infancy. This was a pilot landing big planes on really rough almost non existent landing strips all over the world, pushing the flight envelope much of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Flight First Hand Account, 26 Jan. 2014
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A no holds barred account of what it takes to be a good test pilot, recognising that the project pilot not only has to fly the aeroplane, but sell it.

(From an engineer and pilot, with a lifetime in aviation).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain at this price., 26 Dec. 2013
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Definitely a well written book that happens to cost next to nothing in Kindle format, rather than anything amateur. Interesting read especially about aerobatics in the Vulcan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Interesting, 9 Dec. 2013
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Tony Blackman was a test pilot in the halcyon days of British aircraft manufacturing. As such he gives a front line account of this exciting and demanding job test flying such iconic aircraft as the Vulcan. What I especially liked is the way he covers the whole aspect of the role - from the high profile and glamorous parts such as the Farnborough air display to the more mundane jobs such as the collection of performance data. Throughout all of this he is always stressing the vital importance of selling the product and some interesting stories as he travels around the world with the Avro 748.

A well written and very good book for the aviation enthusiast.
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