The Propeller under the Bed

A Personal History of Homebuilt Aircraft
Author: Eileen A. Bjorkman
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295741457
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
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On July 25, 2010, Arnold Ebneter flew across the country in a plane he designed and built himself, setting an aviation world record for aircraft of its class. He was eighty-two at the time and the flight represented the culmination of a dream he�d cultivated since his childhood in the 1930s. Eileen Bjorkman � herself a pilot and aeronautical engineer � frames her father�s journey from teenage airplane enthusiast to Air Force pilot and Boeing engineer in the context of the rise, near extermination, and ongoing interest in homebuilt aircraft in the United States. She gives us a glimpse into life growing up in a �flying family� with two pilots for parents, a family plane named Charlie, and quite literally, a propeller under her parents� bed. From early airplane designs serialized in magazines to the annual Oshkosh Fly-in where you can see experimental aircraft on display, Bjorkman offers a personal take on the history of building something in your garage that you can actually (and legally) fly as well as how the homebuilt aircraft movement has contributed to aviation and innovation in America. Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8PvowEMkmQ

The Propeller Under the Bed

A Personal History of Homebuilt Aircraft
Author: Eileen A. Bjorkman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780295741444
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
View: 9255
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On July 25, 2010, Arnold Ebneter flew across the country in a plane he designed and built himself, setting an aviation world record for aircraft of its class. He was eighty-two at the time and the flight represented the culmination of a dream he'd cultivated since his childhood in the 1930s. Eileen Bjorkman -- herself a pilot and aeronautical engineer -- frames her father's journey from teenage airplane enthusiast to Air Force pilot and Boeing engineer in the context of the rise, near extermination, and ongoing interest in homebuilt aircraft in the United States. She gives us a glimpse into life growing up in a "flying family" with two pilots for parents, a family plane named Charlie, and quite literally, a propeller under her parents' bed. From early airplane designs serialized in magazines to the annual Oshkosh Fly-in where you can see experimental aircraft on display, Bjorkman offers a personal take on the history of building something in your garage that you can actually (and legally) fly as well as how the homebuilt aircraft movement has contributed to aviation and innovation in America. Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=T8PvowEMkmQ

Zero 3 Bravo

Solo Across America in a Small Plane
Author: Mariana Gosnell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671892088
Category: Travel
Page: 384
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Enticed by the small ribbon of sky she could see from her New York office window, a reporter for Newsweek, flies her small plane across the country on a summer trip of adventure and discovery

The Experimental Experience

Building, Flying, and Maintaining an Experimental Airplane
Author: Richard Socash,Connie Socash
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540343512
Category:
Page: 248
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THE EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCE *** From the first rivet, to the first flight, and through the first five years of flying, The Experimental Experience story is told in 248 pages and more than 235 pictures, diagrams, and official forms. *** Whether you are already involved in building an airplane, seriously considering it, or just curious about what's involved, here's answers to many of the questions that come up. Every builder eventually learns much of what's in this book, and has his or her own set of experiences, but it sometimes can be a long and difficult process. Gathered together, in picture and text format, is a collection of ideas, experiences, and considerations relating to building an experimental airplane that come under the category of "Good things to know." Learn this information ahead of time to make the work more efficient, cost effective, and enjoyable. *** In this book, the authors take the reader through the steps involved, from considerations and decisions on building to the information gathering stages; through purchases and construction activities to the paperwork, inspections, and technicalities of making an airplane airworthy and legal to fly. Follow along through the initial flights, final checkouts, and the rewarding adventures in the air. And finally, learn about condition inspections and routine maintenance. Take a trip from the first rivet, to the first flight, and through the first five years of flying. *** Well over ten thousand experimental airplanes (homebuilts) have been built and are flown by individuals from all walks of life. The Experimental Experience talks about what's involved and what it takes. It's not a book on how to do it. Rather, it's a retelling of experiences and things to know that are part of the whole process. *** When one asks, "Could I build an airplane?," many thoughts come to mind. One starts to imagine what it would be like to carry out a project of this sort. There's feelings of doubt and the idea of a challenge, and most find themselves close to the starting point even after much thought and discussion. *** What tipped the authors to the "moving ahead side?" Getting rid of the fear of failing: If you are afraid of striking out, don't go up to bat. A healthy dose of practical wisdom: Unless you try something, you're forever destined to wonder, "What might have been?" *** For the authors, there was never a long considered goal of building an airplane and no eureka moment. The idea came from a chance happening, but once the seed was planted, it grew straight and strong. *** There are occasionally adventures in life that turn out better than expected. This was one of them.

Haboob Wind


Author: Tommy Anderson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781513634234
Category:
Page: 148
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A day of celebration and dedication to the heroes and survivors of 9/11 is suddenly disrupted by a long-planned terrorist attack. From the tumultuous battlefields of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi deserts to the unsuspecting shores of the United States, Tommy Anderson brings to life an unsettling account of what could actually happen when thousands of sleeping warriors infiltrate the very fabric of American military and public safety agencies. Fueled by increasing acts of seemingly unrelated terrorism by ISIS militants, and unfettered over a couple decades of political unpreparedness, the Haboob Wind furiously builds to a suspenseful, violent climax. Don't miss the page-turning, twist of events as three retired war buddies join forces to battle the storm.

A Wasp Among Eagles

A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II
Author: Ann Carl
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588343413
Category: History
Page: 152
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Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of them, Ann Baumgartner, was assigned to the Fighter Flight Test Branch at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. There she would make history as the only woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war and the first woman to fly a jet. A WASP among Eagles is the first-person story of how Baumgartner learned to fly, trained as a WASP, and became one of the earliest jet-age pioneers. Flying such planes as the Curtiss A-25 Helldiver, the Lockheed P-38, and the B-29 Superfortress, she was the first woman to participate in a host of experiments, including in-air refueling and flying the first fighter equipped with a pressurized cockpit. But in evaluating the long-awaited turbojet-powered Bell YP-59A, she set a “first” record that would remain unchallenged for ten years.

The Bird Is on the Wing

Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane
Author: James R. Hansen
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781585442430
Category: Science
Page: 273
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The airplane ranks as one of history’s most ingenious and phenomenal inventions—and surely one of the most world-shaking. How ideas about its aerodynamics first came together and how the science and technology evolved to forge the airplane into the revolutionary machine it became is the epic story James R. Hansen tells in The Bird Is on the Wing. Just as the airplane is a defining technology of the twentieth century, aerodynamics has been the defining element of the airplane. Hansen provides an engaging, easily understandable introduction to the role of aerodynamics in the design of such historic American aircraft as the DC-3, X-1, and 747. Recognizing the impact individuals have had on the development of the field, he conveys not only a history of aircraft technology, but also a collective biography of the scientists, engineers, and designers who created the airplanes. From da Vinci, whose understanding of what it took to fly was three centuries too early for practical use, to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers, Hansen explores the technological matrix from which aeronautical engineering emerged. He skillfully guides the reader through the development of such critical aerodynamic concepts as streamlining, flutter, laminar-flow airfoils, the mythical “sound barrier,” variable-sweep wing, supersonic cruise, blended body, and much more. Hansen’s explanation of how vocabulary and specifications were developed to fill the gap between the perceptions of pilots and the system of engineers will fascinate all those interested in how human beings have used aerodynamics to move among, and even beyond, birds on the wing.

The Dream Machine

The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey
Author: Richard Whittle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416563199
Category: History
Page: 464
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WHEN THE MARINES decided to buy a helicopter-airplane hybrid “tiltrotor” called the V-22 Osprey, they saw it as their dream machine. The tiltrotor was the aviation equivalent of finding the Northwest Passage: an aircraft able to take off, land, and hover with the agility of a helicopter yet fly as fast and as far as an airplane. Many predicted it would reshape civilian aviation. The Marines saw it as key to their very survival. By 2000, the Osprey was nine years late and billions over budget, bedeviled by technological hurdles, business rivalries, and an epic political battle over whether to build it at all. Opponents called it one of the worst boondoggles in Pentagon history. The Marines were eager to put it into service anyway. Then two crashes killed twenty- three Marines. They still refused to abandon the Osprey, even after the Corps’ own proud reputation was tarnished by a national scandal over accusations that a commander had ordered subordinates to lie about the aircraft’s problems. Based on in-depth research and hundreds of interviews, The Dream Machine recounts the Marines’ quarter-century struggle to get the Osprey into combat. Whittle takes the reader from the halls of the Pentagon and Congress to the war zone of Iraq, from the engineer’s drafting table to the cockpits of the civilian and Marine pilots who risked their lives flying the Osprey—and sometimes lost them. He reveals the methods, motives, and obsessions of those who designed, sold, bought, flew, and fought for the tiltrotor. These stories, including never before published eyewitness accounts of the crashes that made the Osprey notorious, not only chronicle an extraordinary chapter in Marine Corps history, but also provide a fascinating look at a machine that could still revolutionize air travel.

Luftwaffe X-Planes

German Experimental Aircraft of World War II
Author: Manfred Griehl
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1473896991
Category: History
Page: 80
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From jet planes and high altitude aircraft to radar-equipped fighters configured to deliver chemical weapons, numerous Luftwaffe planes were designed and reached prototype stage but never made it into mass production or battle. Luftwaffe X Planes is a def

Never Land

Adventures, Wonder, and One World Record in a Very Small Plane
Author: W. Scott Olsen
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803230044
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 202
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According to W. Scott Olsen, there are two reasons for flying. The first is just to get somewhere. The second has nothing to do with destination. It is this second reason, expressing our deepest curiosity and our longings for infinity, grace, and clarity, that Never Land explores. At once frankly philosophical and engagingly practical, the book combines accounts of touring in the air, the history of flight, the sensations of flying, and the technical acts and facts of navigating, piloting, lifting off, and landing.

Training the Right Stuff

The Aircraft That Produced America's Jet Pilots
Author: Mark A Frankel,Tommy H Thomason
Publisher: Schiffer Military History
ISBN: 9780764350306
Category:
Page: 352
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A comprehensive study of the training aircraft used to transition the United States military into the jet age. At the end of World War II, high-performance jets with unfamiliar operating characteristics were replacing propeller-driven airplanes. As accident rates soared, the Air Force and Navy recognized the need to develop new trainers to introduce fledgling as well as experienced pilots to jet flight. The first step occurred in 1948, when a two-seat jet trainer, the T-33, was developed with private funds. It was welcomed by the Air Force and subsequently the Navy, allowing both services to start building modern air arms. Over time other new trainers were developed to serve specific needs while innovations, such as high fidelity simulators, accelerated the process, reduced costs, and increased safety. The evolution continues today with the goal of producing high-quality newly winged aviators for assignment to operational squadrons.

The Power for Flight

NASA's Contributions to Aircraft Propulsion
Author: Jeremy R. Kinney
Publisher: Government Printing Office
ISBN: 9781626830370
Category: Airplanes
Page: 324
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The NACA and aircraft propulsion, 1915-1958 -- NASA gets to work, 1958-1975 -- The shift toward commercial aviation, 1966-1975 -- The quest for propulsive efficiency, 1976-1989 -- Propulsion control enters the computer era, 1976-1998 -- Transiting to a new century, 1990-2008 -- Toward the future

Fifty Aircraft that Changed the World


Author: Ron Dick,Dan Patterson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781554076581
Category: Transportation
Page: 208
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Presents a survey of the fifty most influential aircraft along with profiles of their pilots and designers.

Aircraft of the Royal Air Force Since 1918


Author: Owen Thetford
Publisher: Putnam Aeronautical Books
ISBN: 9780851778655
Category: History
Page: 414
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First published in 1957, this revised edition with new photographs and expanded text also features a a revised and augmented collection of three-view drawings.

Early History of the Airplane


Author: Orville Wright,Wilbur Wright
Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1455447064
Category: Transportation
Page: 609
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First-hand account of the invention of the airplane by Orville and Wilbur Wright.The book begins: "THOUGH the subject of aerial navigation is generally considered new, it has occupied the minds of men more or less from the earliest ages. Our personal interest in it dates from our childhood days. Late in the autumn of 1878 our father came into the house one evening with some object partly concealed in his hands, and before we could see what it was, he tossed it into the air. Instead of falling to the floor, as we expected, it flew across the room, till it struck the ceiling, where it fluttered awhile, and finally sank to the floor."

Aircraft and Submarines: The Story of the Invention, Development, and Present-Day Uses of War's Newest Weapons


Author: Willis John Abbot
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465504923
Category:
Page: 388
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Aircraft of World War I

1914-1918
Author: Jack Herris,Bob Pearson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781906626662
Category: Airplanes, Military
Page: 192
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Illustrated with detailed artworks of combat aircraft and their markings, 'The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Aircraft of WWI' is a comprehensive study of the aircraft that fought in the Great War of 1914-18. Arranged chronologically by theater of war and campaign, this book offers a complete organizational breakdown of the units on all the fronts, including the Eastern and Italian Fronts. Each campaign includes a compact history of the role and impact of aircraft on the course of the conflict, as well as orders of battle, lists of commanders and campaign aces such as Manfred von Richtofen, Eddie Rickenbacker, Albert Ball and many more.Every type of aircraft is featured, including the numerous variations and types of well-known models, such as the Fokker Dr.I, the Sopwith Camel and the SPAD SVII, through to lesser-known aircraft, such as the Rumpler C.1, and the Amstrong Whitworth FK8. Each aircraft profile is accompanied by exhaustive specifications, as well as details of individual and unit markings. Packed with more than 200 color profiles of every major type of combat aircraft from the era, 'The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Aircraft of WWI' is an essential reference guide for modelers, military historians and aircraft enthusiasts.

On the frontier

flight research at Dryden, 1946-1981
Author: Richard Hallion
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 385
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Painting Aviation's Legends

The Art of Mike Machat
Author: Mike Machat
Publisher: MuscleCarTech
ISBN: 9781580072366
Category: Aeronautics
Page: 160
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Aviation in the 20th Century changed the world forever, and this book portrays that history through art. In addition to more than 60 original fine art paintings of significant moments in aviation history are the dramatic and compelling personal stories of 30 renowned airmen who blazed new trails and accomplished many significant 'firsts' in American skies. Names like Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Pete Everest, and Joe Engle grace this list. Add pilots like "Fitz" Fulton, Jack Broughton, and "Tex" Johnston, and you have a veritable "Who's Who" of America's greatest aviation legends. This book gives readers a special "behind-the-scenes" look at the actual process of how aviation art is made. Many projects are shown from the very first "back-of-the-napkin" sketch to the complex developmental steps leading to final engineering drawings and finished paintings. If you've ever wondered how aviation art is created, this book not only explains the process in detail, but shows how the pilots contribute to finished artwork as well. Through his award-winning artwork, Mike Machat has documented aviation for the past 40 years in ways never before seen, a process made possible by flying in many of the aircraft he painted, and developing life-long personal friendships with pilots of the aircraft he has preserved for history.

Is War Necessary for Economic Growth?

Military Procurement and Technology Development
Author: Vernon W. Ruttan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019029325X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 232
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Military and defense-related procurement has been an important source of technology development across a broad spectrum of industries that account for an important share of United States industrial production. In this book, the author focuses on six general-purpose technologies: interchangeable parts and mass production; military and commercial aircraft; nuclear energy and electric power; computers and semiconductors; the INTERNET; and the space industries. In each of these industries, technology development would have occurred more slowly, and in some case much more slowly or not at all, in the absence of military and defense-related procurement. The book addresses three questions that have significant implications for the future growth of the United States economy. One is whether changes in the structure of the United States economy and of the defense-industrial base preclude military and defense-related procurement from playing the role in the development of advanced technology in the future, comparable to the role it has played in the past. A second question is whether public support for commercially oriented research and development will become an important source of new general-purpose technologies. A third and more disturbing question is whether a major war, or the threat of major war, will be necessary to mobilize the scientific, technical, and financial resources necessary to induce the development of new general-purpose technologies. When the history of United States technology development in the next half century is written, it will focus on incremental rather than revolutionary changes in both military and commercial technology. It will also be written within the context of slower productivity growth than of the relatively high rates that prevailed in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s or during the information technology bubble that began in the early 1990s. These will impose severe constraints on the capacity of the United States to sustain a global-class military posture and a position of leadership in the global economy.