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5.0 out of 5 stars A pure genius - fantastic read, 16 Aug 2011
This review is from: Not Much of an Engineer (Hardcover)
A very readable book that you will want to read more than once. Sir Stanley Hookers life is recorded from the early beginnings as an aircraft engine designer with Rolls Royce before he moves to Bristols following an argument with the MD Lord Ives. Sir Stanley is a humerous character and the book is quite funny in places, especially his behaviour with the `lads` in Argentina in the early days. A knowledge of the aviation indusrty is not a must but would be useful. Every engine Bristols and Rolls designed (mainly with the help of HOOKER) is detailed. From the Merlin that Sir Stanley `got right` for the company,to the Olympus he designed for Concorde and the Pegasus for the Harrier jump jet. Rolls tried to design the RB211 (for the Tristar) on their own but it was a disaster and the company went bankrupt in 1971. Sir Stanley was brought out of retirement and yes, he put that engine right to. Sir Stanley explains his trips abroad when he went as an ambassodor for Rolls Royce to China to sell the Harrier and he pulls no punches about the Politics involved within the boardrooms. The man was recognised for his pure mathamatical genius and without him there would have been no merlin for the Spitfire,no Vickers Viscount, no Vulcan, No Concorde, no Bristol Britannia, no Harrier or Boeing 757 or Tristar (well, not with British engines anyway). A marvellous character who some times thinks the readers are all top notch engineers too - there are bit above my head I can assure you. I saw Sir Stanley Hooker on a TV documentary once and he has that humerous delivery not unlike Tommy Cooper. The title of the book comes from his interview with Rolls Royce when Lords Ives,looking at his application form and record said "Your not much of an Engineer are you". Wrong.
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