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Jet age : the Comet, the 707, and the race to shrink the world

Author: Sam Howe Verhovek
Publisher: New York : Avery, ©2010.
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"In Jet Age, journalist Sam Howe Verhovek explores the advent of the first generation of jet airliners and the people who designed, built, and flew them. The path to jet travel was triumphal and amazingly rapid-less than fifty years after the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, Great Britain led the world with the first commercial jet plane service. Yet the pioneering British Comet was cursed with a tragic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Howe Verhovek
ISBN: 9781583334027 1583334025 9781583334362 158333436X
OCLC Number: 535490561
Notes: "...reveals the most astounding miracle in modern life, and it's been hiding in plain sight. Forget computers and television, Facebook and Google. The Jet Age has shrunk our planet, brought us together, obliterated borders, and changed virtually every aspect of life on earth. At its heart is the gripping story of two extraordinary, larger-than-life men whose race to unlock the secret of jet travel transformed our world."--Dust jacket.
Description: xxiv, 248 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The de Havilland comet --
The Boeing 707 Jet Stratoliner --
Dreamers and aviators --
Empires in the sky --
Ambassadors to the air --
The Comet mystery --
The race to shrink the world.
Responsibility: Sam Howe Verhovek.
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Explores the advent of the first generation of jet airliners and the people who designed, built, and flew them. This title vividly re-creates the race between two nations, two global airlines, and  Read more...

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""Jet Age" is a page-turning detective story with characters as finely drawn as those in a work of fiction, and infused with an infectious sense of wonder that drove ordinary men and women to reach Read more...

 
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How global air travel changed forever with jet airplanes

by kentblair (WorldCat user published 2010-10-16) Excellent Permalink

If you are interested in the history of aviation and how jet transportation forever changed our world, this is the book to read...and even if you hadn't thought about it, check it out. Global air travel is now taken for granted and this book details the trials and tribulations of those who were in...
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