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Trailblazers (Hardback)

Test Pilot in Action


By Christopher Hounsfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781844157488
Published: 1st November 2008
Last Released: 3rd November 2008



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Flight testing experimental and new aircraft is one of the world's most hazardous occupations. A test pilot requires the skills of a flying ace whilst maintaining the self-control and mental discipline of a scientist. They are a rare breed, carefully selected for their experience and intelligence - let alone their bravery.

This book contains a series of anecdotes written by some of the world's best, flying iconic aircraft during the extensive experimental flights that must take place before a type can enter service. Each story is a unique insight into these modern day technological explorers.

An excellent read - really captures the professionalism and courage of a test pilot. Houndsfield brings an insight into a little known but fascinating profession. Really enjoyed it.

Ivan Royle
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