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Infamous Aircraft: Dangerous designs and their vices (Images of War) Kindle Edition
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However having all the background information about their development and flying characteristics made me realise just how difficult early aircraft were, when trying to meet military standards that seemed to change every week. Today we take flying as being quite normal and unspectactular, but to get to that stage many test pilots lost their lives and aircraft designer were almost learning aerodynamics 'on the hoof' as they faced new challenges.
This was a facination book well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would have liked the author to have included more examples but I suppose there has to be a limit. Well worth a read if you wish to know the early background to aircraft development.
It would have been very easy, unavoidable almost , to turn out a bland, matter-of-fact technical catalogue on less-than-perfect aircraft, but the author manages to mix clear descriptions of the technical deficiencies (that must necessarily be told) with enthralling tales of each aircraft's service history.
Even in the case of 'crude' WWI aircraft, the way each story is related makes this a very difficult book to put down.
Informative and thoroughly enjoyable.
It also highlighted the extreme bravery of the test pilots. Having been first of all a RAF ground engineer, and then civilian, I fully appreciated many of the problems encountered, and was frequently amazed.
A very good read if aeroplanes are in your blood.
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