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The history of the Stearman Aircraft Company is about American entrepreneurship, aeronautical innovation, and the sheer determination to design and manufacture custom-built airplanes that set a standard for the competition to follow. In his new book Stearman Aircraft, author Edward Phillips follows the career of Lloyd Carlton Stearman from his work on the New Swallow biplane to the expansion of Stearman facilities into Boeing Airplane Company plants. In between was the Travel Air years, out of which came the Model A, B, CH, CW, BW, and Type 5000. The book also pays special attention to Stearman´s rare nand C2 biplanes, as well as later upgraded C2s, the oseries, the M-2, the LT-1, the luxurious CAB-1, the Model 6 Cloudboy, and others. During World War II, Boeing´s sprawling facilities churned out thousands of Kaydet biplanes to train fledgling aviators, more than 1,600 B-29 Superfortresses heavy bombers to pound Japan into submission, and a steady stream of critical airframe assemblies for the famed B-17 Flying Fortress to reduce Hitler´s Third Reich to rubble. For its work on these great aircraft, Boeing´s Wichita Division earned six Army-Navy ´´E´´ awards for excellence in manufacturing and production.
This augmented, new edition adds discussion of the bat´s vertical sweetness gradient, eye-hand cross-dominance, models for the swing of a bat, and accuracy of simulations. The book retains its description of dynamic collisions between baseballs, softballs, and bats, and the intricate modeling of these interactions, using only basic math and physical principles. Veteran baseball science author Terry Bahill explains models for the speed and spin of balls and bats and calculations for bat-ball collisions at a level accessible to most students of the science of baseball. Demystifying the most important factors for understanding bat performance-bat weight, moment of inertia, the coefficient of restitution, and characteristics of humans swinging the bats-Dr. Bahill also explains physical aspects of the optimal bat and the sweet spot. Praise for the First Edition ´´Dr. Bahill´s book is the perfect tool for teaching how to solve some of baseball´s basic science problems. Using only simple Newtonian principles and the conservation laws, Dr. Bahill explains how to model bat-ball collisions. Also, he derives equations governing the flight of the ball, and proceeds to show what factors affect air density and how this density affects the ball´s flight. And as a unique addition to his fine book, he provides advice for selecting the optimal bat-a surprising bonus!´´ Dave Baldwin, PhD Major League pitcher, 1966-1973, lifetime Major League ERA, 3.08 ´´If I were the General Manger of a baseball team, I would tell my people to write a ten-page paper describing what this book contains that could improve our performance. I think the book provides the foundation for change.´´ Bruce Gissing Executive VP-Operations (retired) Boeing Commercial Airplanes ´´[I] had a chance to read your research, and I fully agree with your findings.´´ Baseball Legend Ted Williams, in a 1984 letter to the author
Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane´s journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian´s National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, where it arrived in pieces on the backs of four tractor-trailers. B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration charts the volunteer team´s frustrations and successes over a six-year period as they cleaned accumulated crud from the bomber´s surfaces and carefully recreated its aluminum skin, operating systems, armament and even its nose art. In addition, the book traces the histories of the two City of Savannah B-17s - the original and the restored - and includes many personal stories of veterans as told by themselves or their families. The City of Savannah volunteers brought a wide range of skills to the task. They were airframe and power plant mechanics, painters, aeronautical engineers, electrical engineers, business people and administrators, even a former physics professor with a PhD and 30 years of flying experience. Many were drawn to the project after their day jobs at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, LMI Aerospace, Inc., and the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard. Others were retired and eager to make a long-term commitment to restoring a vintage warbird. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Nevitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074886/bk_acx0_074886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gerald ´´Jerry´´ Keyser and I became friends in 1966, when we were both in USAF Pilot Training. Our careers paralleled for the next four years. In 1970 I got out of the Air Force and Jerry stayed in. We remained friends and I followed along in awe as he went on to have the most amazing flying career I have ever seen. He flew 100 different types of airplanes, helicopters, and gliders during his 20 years in the Air Force, including a stint with NASA, and his 17 years as a test pilot for Hughes-McDonell Douglas-Boeing Helicopter Company in Arizona. I have met many great pilots in my flying career, but I can say without hesitation that, of my generation´s pilots, Jerry Keyser was the greatest of them all. This is his story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Provo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067558/bk_acx0_067558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, 2013. Hamilton ´´Hamfist´´ Hancock is in command of a Boeing 777, over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, flying from London to Chicago. Suddenly, without warning, most of the electronic equipment on the aircraft becomes inoperative. Fortunately, the communication radios still work, and Hamfist determines that every other airplane over the Atlantic has suffered the same malfunctions. And none of the aircraft are able to talk to anyone on the ground. Hamfist must decide where to take his aircraft that will best protect the safety of his 200 passengers. And he must make that decision soon. Very soon. This is a short 5200-word novella that follows Hamfist Hancock in his life as an airline pilot. It was written as part of a writer´s group endeavor where each author pens a different vignette describing one aspect of the consequences of a massive power failure caused by a coronal mass ejection, similar to the ´´Carrington Event´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Nolly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107121/bk_acx0_107121_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mira Slovak was born in Czechoslovakia and endured both the Nazi occupation and the brutal Russian liberation. He joined the Czech Air Force, rising to captain by the age of 21. When he could no longer tolerate life under the Communists, he hijacked an airliner and flew across the Iron Curtain to freedom. He went to work for the CIA and was eventually sent to the US and given a job as Bill Boeing, Jr.´s, personal pilot. When Boeing began racing hydroplanes in the late 1950s, Mira was his driver. During his 10-year career as a hydroplane driver, he won many races and two national championships. He met presidents and dated movie starlets. After a serious hydroplane accident, Slovak switched to airplanes, where he won another national championship. When he retired from racing, he became a stunt pilot and public speaker and talked about the value of freedom and how we should value it above everything else. He outlasted communism, and when it collapsed in 1990, he returned to his home, only to realize his true home was and always would be the US. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Callanan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117159/bk_acx0_117159_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.