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Air Disaster - a different angle..
on 4 November 2013
Amid the wealth of literature featuring modern jet liners, this is an interesting and wecome publication. For sure it has its faults (see below), but as a commercial pilot, I found the book to be interesting and informative; placing the reader very much into the flight deck. It harks back to a bygone era of large piston (and turboprop) airliners and reveals how poor industry practice, bad design and bad luck have forced and informed massive improvements in recent times. It also reminds us just how reliable modern turbine engines are when compared to the complex, heavy, and thirsty piston engines of the past. The book is divided into short stories covering specific events and mainly covering Stratocruisers, Constellations and various Douglas types. It certainly held my attention and I will be reading the rest of Macarthur's books on the subject. Ok, critiscisms.. the book is poorly edited and often repeats itself. Some of the technical information is a little disjointed and doesn't always add significantly to the story. For the interested general reader, the technical bits may go a little too far, though these sections are short. The stories are often not really concluded as I would like (though yhey all start well) - in several cases they are almost left hanging. A little more follow up to the events (eg did prosecutions occur etc) would have been welcome.
Overall, however, the book is a very good, interesting read - it places the reader in the front seats and for me at least, comes highly recommended!