Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation: The History of Commercial Aviation (Sloan Technology) (Sloan Technology Series) Paperback – 16 Feb 1995
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a gripping, in–depth look at how America′s $200 billion aviation industry took flight
"To understand the industry, this is necessary reading." The Miami Herald
"With the precision of a scientist, a good reporter′s marshaling of disparate facts, and the vigor of a natural storyteller, Heppenheimer offers an absorbing narrative." Richard Snow, Editor American Heritage.
"Tom Heppenheimer tells a fascinating story." R. T. Jones Inventor of the swept wing.
"An important addition to the history of technology as well as business." Publishers Weekly.
"An airworthy briefing firmly grounded in the applied science and allied realities that permit air transport of passengers and cargo over long distances and high speeds." Kirkus Reviews.
About the Author
T. A. HEPPENHEIMER, Ph.D., an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has written extensively on aerospace, business, and the history of technology. He is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Discover, Forbes, Nature, Omni, and American Heritage, and has authored six previous books, including Countdown: A History of Space Flight (Wiley), Colonies in Space, and Toward Distant Suns.
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The title, "Turbulent Skies", is a little more titillating than this basic historical rundown deserves and the subtitle which mentions "Commercial Aviation" may mislead some people.
Content may be OK for those looking for aircraft development through history but look elsewhere if your interest is in the commercial airlines.
There is a lot more but if you've ever had any of the preceding questions cross your mind -even for a second- this book will be well worth your time. It is very well researched and well written without being so dense as to be work rather than pleasure to read. I have only two complaints which I hope would be addressed in a future revised edition: first, I would have liked more information on the computerized reservation systems -particularly those that preceded SABER (and more detail about that system) and second, I would have liked more details concerning foreign airlines. It is not that these matters are not addressed but rather that I would have liked a more in depth exploration because SABER gave American a incredibly large competitive advantage.
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