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Bu the author of Work Boats (1954, p. 363) for a younger age group, this is a good working survey of sub and supersonic airplanes that have been built to test the principles of fast flight and to find ways of solving its problems. Jets all, the planes included are the famous Skystreak, built in the late 1940's, a mere hollow tube with rather stubby wings, and designed as a prelude to reaching the speed of sound. The Skyrocket, flown by Yaeger and dropped from a mother plane, did reach the speed of sound and the following X-3, X-4, X-5, and SF-92A were designed with successive modifications to enable experimenters to determine factors of speed, stability, and human endurance involved. Added chapters on VTO's (vertical take-off planes), on British experiments and on principles of Jet engines and rocket motors will have their fascination for the future minded.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1955
Publisher: Crowell