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Sound Barrier - The Rocky Road to MACH 1.0+

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By: Peter Caygill

As the speed of early aircraft gradually increased, there eventually became awareness during the 1940s, that strange things were occurring at around 500 mph. Many later WWII fighter aircraft were reported to become dangerously uncontrollable in high-speed power dives.

Pilots and aircraft designers were begin-ning to encounter the sound barrier. We now realize it to be a phenomenon that occurs when the speed of sound is reached and air compressibility demands additional power to break through it.

Sound Barrier - The Rocky Road to MACH 1.0+

Breaking the sound barrier became one of the biggest challenges to the world‘s aircraft designers and it took great courage and daring for the test-pilots of that era to find the way through this difficult obstacle. Story of how innovative design, and how pilots learned to deal with supersonic flight. It records the many differ-ent experimental aircraft and tells of the experiences of those that flew them. Many pilots lost their lives during those dangerous flights but those who survived became legendary.

224 pages, hardbound, 6.5 x 9.5, photos

Sound Barrier - The Rocky Road to MACH 1.0+

ISBN Number: 9781844154562

Item Number: 1539

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