´´We´re losing him!´´ came a frantic voice over the headset. ´´I´m still here,´´ the pilot insisted. ´´We´re losing...´´ the voice cut out and then there was silence. ´´Control, do you read me? Control?´´ the pilot was panicking. There was no answer. Suddenly flames burst out all around him. The last thing he remembered was reaching for the eject switch, before his thoughts devolved into an inky black void. The mysterious pilot was brought into the military hospital unconscious. The base didn´t know who he was. Some thought he was an alien, some thought he was a Russian spy all because of the unknown, yet highly advanced airplane he was flying at the time of his crash. When the pilot awakes, he has amnesia. He gradually gets his memory back only to find that he is not only in the wrong place, he is also in the wrong time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Mark Woelfle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078934/bk_acx0_078934_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
General aviation encompasses all the ways aircraft are used beyond commercial and military flying: private flights, barnstormers, cropdusters, and so on. This history examines the many airplanes used in general aviation, from early Wright and Curtiss aircraft to the Piper Cub and the Lear Jet. The authors trace the careers of birdmen, birdwomen, barnstormers, and others who shaped general aviation - from Clyde Cessna and the Stinson family of San Antonio to Olive Ann Beech and Paul Poberezny of Milwaukee. They explain how the development of engines influenced the development of aircraft, from the E-107 that powered the 1929 Aeronca C-2, the first affordable personal aircraft, to the Continental A-40 that powered the Piper Cub, and the Pratt and Whitney PT-6 turboprop used on many aircraft after World War II. In addition, the authors chart the boom and bust cycle of general aviation manufacturers, the rising costs and increased regulations that have accompanied a decline in pilots, the creation of an influential general aviation lobby in Washington, and the growing popularity of ´´type´´ clubs, created to maintain aircraft whose average age is 28 years. This book provides listeners with a sense of the scope and richness of the history of general aviation in the United States. An epilogue examining the consequences of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, provides a cautionary note. The book is published by Texas A&M University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Seitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071691/bk_acx0_071691_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A 10-year-old American boy named Jack, who loves airplanes and knows a great deal about them, finds himself in a world that has just emerged from World War II. Jack´s favorite military plane is the Navy Corsair. Since the need for warplanes no longer existed, they were taken by flatbed railcars to a salvage depot called a boneyard where the planes were stacked one upon the other, resulting in a mountain of aluminum. Those aircrafts would eventually be recycled. A boneyard was conveniently located adjacent to an air base near Jack´s home. During summer school vacation, Jack went to the boneyard daily and then sat under a cottonwood tree that stood outside a chain link fence which encircled the military base and the boneyard. While there, Jack drew pictures in a sketchbook of things he observed in the boneyard; he also wrote narratives about his visual and intuitive experiences. He recognized a similarity between the boneyard and humanity. Jack hoped a Corsair would someday be brought to the boneyard for him to study. Meanwhile, a boy named Eddie, who was Jack´s age, had recently moved into Jack´s neighborhood. Eddie was a needy dullard who clung to Jack. Eddie possessed multiple character flaws. Jack believed Eddie exemplified the apparent nature of a humanity that had caused the boneyard to emerge and to trumpet a warning of a recurring future. Jack was very troubled by Eddie´s intrusion, but he could not remove himself from that unfortunate situation. Jack possessed many abilities; one was an ability to express his thoughts and visual observations into his sketchpad. While at the boneyard, Jack encountered two mysterious military policemen who were perhaps more than what they appeared to be. The passage of time seemed to favor Jack in a most unusual manner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Julius Candelaria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098986/bk_acx0_098986_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first aircraft to appear in the skies over the battlefields of World War I showed few signs of the dominant future of airplanes in warfare. Small, fragile, and slow, they provided no hint of the sleek jet fighters that would one day slash across the skies of Earth faster than sound to unleash the lethal blast and fire of sophisticated missiles, or the bombers able to level an entire city with one nuclear bomb. That said, they did not represent a complete novelty in warfare either, at least not during the early months of World War I. While airplanes had never before appeared above the field of war, other aerial vehicles had already been in use for decades, and balloons had carried soldiers above the landscape for centuries to provide a high observation point superior to most geological features. The French used a balloon for this purpose at the Battle of Fleurus in 1794, and by the American Civil War, military hydrogen balloons saw frequent use, filled from wagons generating hydrogen from iron filings and sulfuric acid. The balloonist Thaddeus Lowe persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to use the airships for observation, communicating troop movements to the ground with a telegraph wire. At first, airplane improvements occurred in an ad hoc, almost accidental manner during the war. However, when pilots’ mounting of armaments on airplanes proved a successful means of defeating other aircraft and even attacking men on the ground, a much more active and systematic development of warplanes began across the continent. Each advance prompted a countermeasure, as the two sides strove for primacy in a deadly, unforgiving environment which rewarded real advances in equipment and tactics with survival and punished poor ideas with death. The Dogfights of the World Wars: The Evolution and History of the Fight in the Skies During World War I and World War II looks at how technology and tactics evolved during the wars. You will learn about dog... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105500/bk_acx0_105500_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When everything you count on for your existence fails, could you survive? Within days of a series of monster solar storms slamming into earth, electrical grids fail and everything in the northern hemisphere with a computer chip ceases functioning. Electricity won´t be completely restored for at least a decade, and the result is that everything modern life depends on to function is gone. There is no way to pump gas or water. Cell towers are wiped out, along with satellites. Airplanes and most vehicles will not operate. Communication is practically impossible. People cannot access life-saving prescription drugs or food. Police, fire services, and the military are overwhelmed, and hospitals can´t cope. There´s no one to come to the rescue, and as mass panic ensues, people begin dying. Fear and violence escalate until society collapses. An unlikely hero emerges. Chaco is a well-educated freedom fighter on a death list in El Salvador. Having fled to the United States, he is in hiding by working for a wealthy couple as their handyman and gardener. Following the disaster, he reveals his true identity, and convinces his employers and their neighbors to follow him over brutal mountain passes to a self-sufficient commune nearly 800 miles away. But only a few will survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Abell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106501/bk_acx0_106501_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The airplane changed the course of history. Above all, it changed the history of the United States. When the Wright brothers invented their flying machine, Americans lived in a nation of two dimensions, circumscribed by lines drawn on a conventional map. A century later, their nation existed - in fact, reigned - in three dimensions. Two million Americans slipped the surly bonds of earth daily, carried aloft by aircraft operating in every part of the world. The airplane turned the sky into a new domain of human activity, a fast-developing frontier. The first to brave that frontier were adventurous young men. Then came the rich and the hurried. David Courtwright has written an ambitious history of American aviation ranging from the patent fight between the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss through the tragedy of 9/11 and the Iraq War. Along the way, Courtwright stops to consider dogfighting, barnstorming, the first air mail pilots, the development of airlines, air power during World War II, flight´s impact on the environment, the troubled space frontier, and how the male-dominated aviation enterprise was domesticated and democratized. Aviation´s frontier stage lasted a scant three decades, then vanished as flying became a settled experience. Sky as Frontier recreates that pioneer world and shows how commercial and military imperatives destroyed it by routinizing flight. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069131/bk_acx0_069131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first book to use the unexpected discoveries of neuroscience to help us make the best decisions Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate, or we ´´blink´´ and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind´s black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they´re discovering that this is not how the mind works. Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason - and the precise mix depends on the situation. When buying a house, for example, it´s best to let our unconscious mull over the many variables. But when we´re picking a stock, intuition often leads us astray. The trick is to determine when to use the different parts of the brain, and to do this, we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think. Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need, drawing on cutting-edge research as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of ´´deciders´´ - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence. His goal is to answer two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions? And how can we make those decisions better?
The biography of Corporal Lee A. Horton in the early 1900s; his life, wars, losses and loves. Corporal Lee A. Horton found his destiny serving on three warfronts: the Philippines, the Mexican Border and the maelstrom of World War I. The story is filled with the true-life military experiences of a young American coming of age between 1908 and 1919, passed down through his family for generations. Some creative liberty has been taken to fill in the blanks, as many family members and contemporaries have passed on; but the primary narrative is based firmly in extensive and thorough local research. Family archives provided invaluable galleries of photographs, letters, post-cards and official documents. Lee´s story starts in his teenage years growing up in the rural Midwest. The story outlines his personal relationships, family and events leading to his decision to leave home to work on the railroads. In 1908, changing circumstances cause him to decide to join the Army for a three year enlistment. We follow him through his enlistment experience to his training with the First United States Field Artillery at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He meets the renowned Geronimo, gains many invaluable skills and marvels at the newfangled airplane. He is then shipped over to the Philippines where his two year tour of duty is filled with danger of all sorts, deadly combat with the fearful Moro Islamic tribesmen and the discovery of his desire to make the military his career. He survives his tour and is discharged in 1911 - returning home to family and friends - and reestablishes himself there. His desire to serve drives him to join the local National Guard company with a close friend who plays a critical role in his future life. In 1916, his Guard regiment is activated and sent to the Mexican border to deal with the infamous Pancho Villa. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Utley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095858/bk_acx0_095858_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A New York Times best seller. A dramatic, intimate narrative of how Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes that would mean the difference between winning and losing World War II. In 1941, as Hitler’s threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazis - most important, airplanes - and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a ´´bomber an hour´´. Critics scoffed: Ford didn’t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father’s resistance, Edsel charged ahead. Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American military’s largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost overnight, from Motor City to the ´´great arsenal of democracy.” And eventually they would help the Allies win the war. Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of America - and Detroit - during the war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020567/bk_adbl_020567_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - ´´California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for. Logan and Echevarria were once comrades-in-arms assigned to a top secret military assassination team known simply as Alpha. Though Savannah was never privy to the gritty details of their assignment, she suspects that Echevarria’s death must be related to the work he did for the government. The only problem is that the LAPD can find no record of Echevarria ever having toiled for Uncle Sam. Savannah wants Logan to tell the police what he knows. At first he refuses, but then, relying on his small, aging airplane, The Ruptured Duck, and on the skills he honed working for the government, Logan doggedly hunts Echevarria’s killer. His trail takes him from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip to the most dangerous ghettos of inner-city Oakland, from darkened Russian Mafia haunts in West Los Angeles to the deserts of Arizona. Along the way, Logan is stalked by a mysterious motorist who repeatedly tries to kill him - but that’s the least of his problems. It is his love-hate relationship with Savannah, a woman for whom Logan continues to pine in spite of himself, that threatens to consume him. Transcending the worlds of murder, aviation, and international counterterrorism, Flat Spin resonates with a veracity that only an author who knows his subject firsthand can deliver. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004982/bk_blak_004982_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.