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Ho hum. Another boring day as a test pilot!
on 21 November 2013
Have to say I am really disappointed in this book. As an aviation enthusiast, was looking forward to reading about life on the cutting edge of aircraft development, narrow escapes etc. etc. This book has none of that. Just a collection of stories by the test pilots themselves who, as you would expect, are the best pilots around but are also used to describing things in a mechanical and almost robotic style with no frills. Not their fault but doesn't make a good read and not even any 'inside' information on the various aircraft that your average aircraft enthusiast wouldn't already know.
Having read this book I think, if an aircraft actually blew up, it would probably be described as "cockpit became a little draughty, noticed aircraft no longer there, pulled rip cord, landed, had a cuppa."