Air Disaster: The Propeller Era by Macarthur Job

By Macarthur Job

From the earliest days of manned flight, one factor specifically others has preoccupied pilots and passengers – how can we steer clear of crashing?

It used to be a time of very unlikely glamour – for the 1st time, usual humans may fly around the oceans and continents to work out the remainder of the world.

But the tale of the infancy of the massive airliners is as a lot a narrative of tragedy and catastrophe because it is of triumph and romance.
Design flaws, pilot errors, a scarcity of figuring out of fatigue… those and lots of different elements contributed to a litany of catastrophe.

Welsh rugby fanatics, flying again from a win opposed to Ireland… a fuel-starved aeroplane plunging into Manchester’s streets… a chartered plane sporting excited troops domestic for Christmas… a tender mom decapitated as she holds her boy or girl son on her lap

In AIR catastrophe: THE PROPELLER period, the award-winning Macarthur activity – one of many world’s most efficient aviation writers, and himself a pilot – is going again to the early days of foreign air commute, and appears on the root motives of a few of the worst failures of that period.

Other Books within the series:
Air catastrophe 2: The Jet Age
Air catastrophe three: Terror within the Sky

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