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By Michael H. Gorn

Expanding the Envelope is the 1st ebook to discover the complete landscape of flight study historical past, from the earliest makes an attempt by way of such 19th century practitioners as England's Sir George Cayley, who validated his kites and gliders by means of subjecting them to experimental flight, to the state of the art aeronautical study performed by means of the NACA and NASA.

Michael H. Gorn explores the important human point of the background of flight learn, together with such famous figures as James H. Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, and A. Scott Crossfield, in addition to the fewer heralded engineers, pilots, and scientists who additionally had the "Right Stuff." whereas the participants within the cockpit usually obtain the lion's percentage of the public's realization, Expanding the Envelope indicates flight examine to be a collaborative engineering job, one within which the pilot participates as only one of many group members.

Here is greater than a century of flight examine, from good ahead of the production of NACA to its speedy transformation lower than NASA. Gorn supplies a behind the curtain examine the advance of groundbreaking autos equivalent to the X-1, the D-558, and the X-15, which tested manned flight at hurries up to Mach 6.7 and as excessive because the fringe of area.

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