Omaha, Nebraska: Westchester House Publishers, 1993. Second Edition. Quarto; VG/no-DJ paperback; Blue spine with red, white and black text; Clean wraps with a small spot of fading to back cover, information on the Wright Paterson AFB Educational Fund laid-in; Tight unmarked copy with a few spots of nearly undetectable foxing. pp 276, ISBN: 0961791721 Editor's Preface: "This second edition of our book, Test Flying at Old Wright Field, was undertaken to add another dimension to a work that has been widely acclaimed in the aviation World. Photographs have been added, along with more than thirty new stories. The book is organized in a most traditional manner. Bomber aircraft are grouped in their numerical order, as are fighters. The cargo section includes trainers, helicopters, transport and miscellaneous airplanes. The foreign types are grouped together as German, French, British and Russian. Other books have been written by spectators about the dangerous deeds that have been done to make flying safer, but here are stories written by the test pilots and engineers themselves. The authors represent a cross section of the personnel assigned to flight testing during this time period, the 1940's and 195O's. Some of the pilots have had experience in over 100 airplanes and represent the best talent available. Pilots the World over love to recall their experiences and share their stories. They recollect the incidents that tested their skills to the limit, while still recognizing that chance may have helped to avoid some catastrophes. The more proficient pilots often have the best stories, and the telling may involve a myriad of technical details leading up to a crisis. Of course, all such anecdotes must stand up to the critiques of their peers, and those presented here have had that sanction. Ken Chilstrom was the initiator in 1990 of a "call for papers" to our group, the members of the Wright Stuff Association. He collected these adventures in aviation and, when prospective publishers abandoned us, he, Rosie Rosengarten and Penn Leary resolved to publish them themselves. ln editing them, the individual author's text has been left alone as much as possible, but here and there has been added a Word or two for clarification and occasional punctuation. There are some test pilot's idioms and engineer's technical terms remaining that may escape the untutored reader but they confer an authentic flavor to the text. At the end of WW II Wright-Patterson Field had its ramps and hangars filled with all types of fighters, bombers, transports, and helicopters, and these included many foreign types. It is certain that there has never been a period in aviation that produced such sheer numbers of aircraft, and such great challenges for test pilots and engineers. The tales that follow are the personal experiences of our Wright Stuff members. Some of them include the names of others who lost their lives in the pursuit of their work. Therefore, this book is dedicated to them, and to all those who participated in flight testing at Wright Field. The authors were not compensated for their writing. They assigned their copyrights to the Wright-Patterson AFB Educational Fund, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships and student loans for children of base personnel. We believe these narratives are worthy of perpetuation and, as you will see, they are fun to read. Put yourselves in the cockpits of the airplanes that are about to take off. The ride may be terrifying, but you are surely in good hands with these pilots." [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates]. Full-priced Rockville. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263827)
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