Contrails Over the Mojave: The Golden Age of Jet Flight Testing at Edwards Air Force Base
"Marrett takes readers into the cockpit as he "goes vertical" in a T-38 Talon, completes high-G maneuvers in an F-4C Phantom, and conducts wet-runway landing tests in the accident-prone F-111A Aardvark. He writes about Col. "Silver Fox" Stephens setting a world speed record in the YF-12 Blackbird and Bob Gilliland testing speed stalls in the SR-71 spy plane, but he also relives stories of crashes that killed test pilot friends. He recounts dead-sticking a T-38 to a landing on Rogers Dry Lake after a twin-engine failure and conducting dangerous tail hook barrier testing in a fighter jet without a canopy. A mysterious UFO sighting in the night sky above the Mojave Desert, known as "The Edwards Encounter" also receives Marrett's attention. Whether the author is assessing a new aircraft's performance or describing the experiences of test pilots as they routinely faced the possibility of death, this look at the golden age of flight testing both thrills and informs."--BOOK JACKET.
86 pages matching Contrails Over the Mojave in this book
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
accident afterburner Air Force Base Air Force Flight aircraft airplane airspeed altitude assigned astronaut backseat Benefield Bill Anders bomber brakes cadet California called Capt chase Chuck Chuck Yeager civilian climb cockpit combat commander crash crew Edwards AFB Edwards Air Force ejection seat engine Engle F-100 Super Sabre feet Fighter Branch fighter pilot flew flight controls Flight Test Center flown flying Fred Haise fuel graduated ground Haise instructor Interceptor killed knots lake bed landing gear later Liethen Lockheed Mach maneuver Marrett Mike Adams miles military missiles mission Mojave Desert NASA Navy North American Aviation nose nuclear officer Pancho Pancho Barnes Peterson Phantom Phil Neale plane radio rocket Rogers Dry Lake roll Rosburg runway Rushworth Sand Sailor scramjet serial number space squadron Starfighter Stroface student takeoff tanks test flights Test Operations test pilot school Tittle turned vertical Vietnam Voodoo VTOL wing Yeager zoom