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Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

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The black box is orange—and there are actually two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.

But accident investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, this fascinating book provides a behind-the
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published December 19th 2007 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Very comprehensive and thorough. This book would be excellent for any engineers who design mobile equipment -- not just airplanes.

Airplanes are the most sophisticated transportation devices of our day, they are designed with the best tools available, and they are tested to an extremely high degree. Two things drive this: First, the obvious need for safety; Second, the requirement for minimum weight. Without safety, airplanes would not be allowed for public service. Without minimum weight, they
Jul 06, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: aviation enthusiasts, physics geeks, the mechanically minded
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the library catalogue
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A very comprehensive examination of airplane crashes, their investigation and the advances that have been made in safety. The author is a mechanical engineering professor and wrote this book in an effort to connect scientific/engineering concepts to real-life situations and to bridge the gap between, in his words, "scientifically superficial newspaper articles and government crash reports filled with excess technical jargon" (Preface, ix). And for the most part he has done this job ad
Not a bad basic overview of the physics of flight
I still refer back to the stories and lessons learned from this very good book. If you want to know why airplanes are made the way they are for commercial aviation and survivability this book is for you the general reader.
Although's its author's prose is dry and sometimes repetitive, this detailed study of the history and physics of airplane crashes taught me a lot. Recommended for air disaster geeks.
Very detailed explanation of the physical forces acting upon the aircraft and the passengers in them.
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