Destination disaster: from the Tri-Motor to the DC-10, the risk of flying

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Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., 1976 - Technology & Engineering - 434 pages
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I remember, vividly, the crash of THY flight 981 over Ermenonville. I was fifteen. TRT (Turkish Radio TV) was the only show in the country and broadcast in black and white. It was a Sunday afternoon ... Read full review

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*Destination Disaster,* by Paul Eddy, Elaine Potter and Bruce Page is a remarkably well-written book on the design engineering and politics in the (wide-body) commercial-aviation industry during the dawn of the wide-body 3-engine designs, and it is an accounting of the political warfare between McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed Aircraft to gain acceptance of their designs during the early competition for wide-body commercial aircraft. This is a riveting story! One company, McDonnell Douglas -- fearing losing ground to competitor Lockheed -- pushed hard in Washington to prevent the technically more-advanced Lockheed L1011 from being accepted in the commercial airline industry, only to see its candidate, the DC-10, later prove to be a safety nightmare. McDonnell Douglas was able to pull from behind and introduce the DC-10 before Lockheed could roll out the L1011 TriStar, but a close inspection of the engineering of these two behemoth wide-body aircraft revealed that McDonald Douglas took the path of least resistance and engineering short-cuts, and did not have the redundancy of hydraulic systems, among other engineering features, that were part of the L1011.
This fine book, centered around the tragic Turkish Air Lines DC-10 Paris crash, is is a spell-binding account of the troubles that ensued. In the end, Douglas' effort helped prevent acceptance of the L1011 for large-scale orders, and the plane ended production far too soon due to lowered order rate. This is a highly recommended book! [ARHPG]


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