Trailblazers: Test Pilots in Action

The Most Frightening Moments of the World’s Elite

Christopher Hounsfield

Date Published :
March 2009
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
80 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157488
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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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 exclusive, fascinating 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. From Concorde to the Phantom jet, Spitfire to the U-2 spy plane.

About The Author

Christopher Hounsfield is an author and historian.


"…first person stories.. Real life men and women who climb into airplanes in the full expectation that something will go wrong and their aviation skills and knowledge will be taxed to the limit…interesting tales to tell that never hit the newsstand… if you have an interest in aviation, you can pass some entertaining and illuminating hours reading this book."


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