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The Resource Chasing the demon : a secret history of the quest for the sound barrier, and the band of American aces who conquered it, Dan Hampton

Chasing the demon : a secret history of the quest for the sound barrier, and the band of American aces who conquered it, Dan Hampton

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Chasing the demon : a secret history of the quest for the sound barrier, and the band of American aces who conquered it
Title
Chasing the demon
Title remainder
a secret history of the quest for the sound barrier, and the band of American aces who conquered it
Statement of responsibility
Dan Hampton
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Describes the post-World War II efforts by the American military to develop a new type of aircraft that could break the sound barrier, revealing the hazards that emerged during test flights and the bravery of the men who made aviation history in pursuit of this goal
  • "Speed. In 1947, it represented the difference between victory and annihilation. After Hiroshima, the ability to deliver a nuclear device to its target faster than one's enemy became the singular obsession of American war planners. And so, in the earliest days of the Cold War, a highly classified program was conducted on a desolate air base in California's Mojave Desert. Its aim: to push the envelope of flight to new frontiers. There gathered an extraordinary band of pilots, including Second World War aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch, who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, the so-called sound barrier, which pilots called 'the demon.' Shrouding the program in secrecy, the US military reluctantly revealed that the 'barrier' had been broken two months later, after the story was leaked to the press. The full truth has never been fully revealed--until now. Chasing the Demon, from decorated fighter pilot and acclaimed aviation historian Dan Hampton, tells, for the first time, the extraordinary true story of mankind's quest for Mach 1. Here, of course, is twenty-four-year-old Captain Chuck Yeager, who made history flying the futuristic Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Officially Yeager was the first to achieve supersonic flight, but drawing on new interviews with survivors of the program, including Yeager's former commander, as well as declassified files, Hampton presents evidence that a fellow American--George Welch, a daring fighter pilot who shot down a remarkable sixteen enemy aircraft during the Pacific War--met the demon first, though he was not favored to wear the laurels, as he was now a civilian test pilot and was not flying the Bell X-1. Chasing the Demon sets the race between Yeager and Welch in the context of aviation history, so that the reader can learn and appreciate their accomplishments as never before."--Dust jacket
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Hampton, Dan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Aerodynamics, Supersonic
  • High-speed aeronautics
  • Transportation
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Chasing the demon : a secret history of the quest for the sound barrier, and the band of American aces who conquered it, Dan Hampton
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-313) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Origins. Flying monks to mud ducks ; The cauldron -- Part II: Into the fire. The next leap ; The crucible ; Wonder ; The brave -- Part III: Hunting the demon. World War to Cold War ; The final stage ; The demon -- Epilogue: Ripples
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9780062688736
Lccn
2018024770
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1038025619
  • (OCoLC)on1038025619
  • 956745
Label
Chasing the demon : a secret history of the quest for the sound barrier, and the band of American aces who conquered it, Dan Hampton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-313) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Origins. Flying monks to mud ducks ; The cauldron -- Part II: Into the fire. The next leap ; The crucible ; Wonder ; The brave -- Part III: Hunting the demon. World War to Cold War ; The final stage ; The demon -- Epilogue: Ripples
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9780062688736
Lccn
2018024770
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1038025619
  • (OCoLC)on1038025619
  • 956745

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