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The crowd pleasers : a history of airshow misfortunes from 1910 to the present

Author: Pete Fusco
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An adventure-filled romp through one of aviation's most notable, dangerous and entertaining pursuits: airshows! In the early days of aviation, all flights were airshows. Spectators gathered whenever a new flying machine attempted to leave the ground--the trick was to get them to pay. Takeoffs and landings did not sell tickets but people lined up, money in hand, to watch a "dip of death," in which an aviator would  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pete Fusco
ISBN: 9781510728202 1510728201
OCLC Number: 1017753081
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Front Cover; Half-Title Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; PART ONE: THE BEGINNING; 1 ARRIVING ON WINGS; 2 VICTIMS OF THEIR OWN COURAGE; 3 STARDUST; 4 NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN; 5 COAST TO COAST; 6 NO FLAPPING ENDS; 7 POETRY; PART TWO: THE FREE-FOR-ALL; 8 ANOTHER SQUADRON; 9 RETAKE; 10 MAKING DO; 11 REACHING; 12 OUT OF THE NIGHT SKY; 13 FIFTY FEET?; 14 A MYSTERY; 15 QUEEN BESS; 16 THE WRONG PLACE; 17 PAGE ONE; 18 TO SEE WHAT THEY WILL DO; 19 â#x80;#x9C;SPEEDâ#x80;#x9D;; 20 IN-FLIGHT ADVERTISING; 21 IMPRUDENT FLYING; PART THREE: THE WAR YEARS; 22 THE WEIGH-IN; 23 HOME FRONT. 24 WAITING ON THE FUTUREPART FOUR: THE AIRSHOW RETURNS; 25 HURRICANE; 26 REVIVING THE ACT; 27 A BLINDING SMILE; 28 FLAGLER; 29 ENTER THE JETS; 30 ITâ#x80;#x99;S MY JOB; 31 OLD SCHOOL; 32 BULLDOG; 33 HOW TO FLY; 34 BEVO; 35 KONKORDSKI; 36 ELYSIAN FIELD; 37 THE SHOW WENT ON; 38 BIG ED; 39 HEROICS; 40 SALLY B.; 41 GATHERING OF EAGLES; 42 CAUTION LIGHT; 43 TOP GUN; 44 TAKING OVER; 45 BROKEN HEARTS; 46 VERTICAL CHARLIE; 47 ANALYSES; 48 BEHIND THE CANARY; 49 CZAR 52; 50 LONE STAR FURY; 51 CLOSE SHAVE; 52 RARE BUTTERFLY; 53 INTIMACY; 54 VINTAGE WINE; 55 THE RECORD; 56 SISTERS; 57 SHOCKWAVE; 58 CRITICAL MASS. 59 TOP OF THE WORLD60 OUTSIDE THE GATE; 61 LATE FOR WORK; INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF AIR SHOWS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES IN THIS BOOK; BIBLIOGRAPHY; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.
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An adventure-filled romp through one of aviation's most notable, dangerous and entertaining pursuits: airshows! In the early days of aviation, all flights were airshows. Spectators gathered whenever a new flying machine attempted to leave the ground--the trick was to get them to pay. Takeoffs and landings did not sell tickets but people lined up, money in hand, to watch a "dip of death," in which an aviator would dive from as high as he or she dared and pull up at the last second. Risk always sells and flying was man's riskiest endeavor yet. From the start the "exhibition pilots" stood out. Everything about an aerobatic routine requires a degree of skill and a commitment to practice inconceivable to even most pilots, presenting innumerable risks to life and limb. And with risk, often, comes tragedy. The Crowd Pleasers is a sweeping history of air show accidents beginning in 1910 with the death of Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, and ending in the present day. It brings to light some of the most notable air show accidents of all time and explores the aviators behind them. Their stories, their motivations. In so doing, it illuminates the role played by choice, social circumstance and fate in these often devastating accidents, and the lives attached to them. A must-read for all aviation buffs.

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