STAR-SPANGLED JETS by P. L. Penney

STAR-SPANGLED JETS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1953 the Air Force formed an acrobatics team, dubbed the Thunderbirds, to show off its new jets; hundreds of performances, scores of crewmen and several models later, the Thunderbirds are still diving and looping, with a few new twists. By viewing an exhibition from every angle, by interviewing each of the key participants, the author has blown up an article into a book and lost most of her potential audience; few youngsters will have the patience to learn every maneuver a Thunderbird has to know. Interspersed with the split-second signals are tours of Latin America and the Far East (where every inconvenience is a crisis) and an elemental explanation of how a jet engine works (also via simulated interview). A bolt's-eye view of an exciting spectacle.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1968
Publisher: Meredith