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From the Piper Cub to the Concorde Sst

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This story takes you through the development and career of a test pilot and what is needed to achieve that end. Described are the challenges, education, pilot experience that precede the final entry into this highly specialized profession. Most pilots are at least in their mid thirties when they get in. The challenges of working in government agencies, and the politics, when you are charged with aviation safety, especially in the FAA Washington Headquarters, are included. The Supersonic Transport program and its unique problems and challenges, working with other government agencies, the foreign aviation authorities and manufacturers are described as well. Actual incidents are described for close calls and some accidents and their causes and situation. The transition from very tired WWII Corsairs in the Korean War to brand new twin jet night interceptors with new model problems is a unique experience. Hide synopsis

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