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by Michael H. Gorn

Download Expanding the Envelope: Flight Research at NACA and NASA ePub
  • ISBN 0813122058
  • ISBN13 978-0813122052
  • Language English
  • Author Michael H. Gorn
  • Publisher University Press of Kentucky (August 13, 2001)
  • Pages 488
  • Formats lrf rtf azw txt
  • Category Engineering
  • Subcategory Transportation
  • Size ePub 1624 kb
  • Size Fb2 1989 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 996

Expanding the Envelope is the first book to explore the full panorama of flight research history, from the earliest attempts by such nineteenth century practitioners as England's Sir George Cayley, who tested his kites and gliders by subjecting them to experimental flight, to the cutting-edge aeronautical research conducted by the NACA and NASA.Michael H. Gorn explores the vital human aspect of the history of flight research, including such well-known figures as James H. Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, and A. Scott Crossfield, as well as the less heralded engineers, pilots, and scientists who also had the "Right Stuff." While the individuals in the cockpit often receive the lion's share of the public's attention, Expanding the Envelope shows flight research to be a collaborative engineering activity, one in which the pilot participates as just one of many team members.Here is more than a century of flight research, from well before the creation of NACA to its rapid transformation under NASA. Gorn gives a behind the scenes look at the development of groundbreaking vehicles such as the X-1, the D-558, and the X-15, which demonstrated manned flight at speeds up to Mach 6.7 and as high as the edge of space.

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A terrific addition to the collection of NACA and NASA histories as well as to the literature of twentieth-century science and technology. Janelle Warren-Findley -Technology and Culture. Dr. Erik M. Conway -The Public Historian.

Expanding the Envelope. University Press of Kentucky.