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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
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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published December 19th 2007 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Bob
Jun 06, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-engineering
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
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Lisa
Apr 17, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I am not the intended audience for this book - with a degree in aerospace engineering, I flipped past many of the author's simplified explanations of physics/engineering concepts - but because it is written without the assumption that the reader doesn't necessarily have a technical background, I think this book would be accessible even for high school students. The explanations are fairly clear, and the cases presented are for the most part well-known. If you are curious about how the NTSB inves ...more
rabbitprincess
Jul 06, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it
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
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AJ Armstrong
May 09, 2016 AJ Armstrong rated it liked it
A competent and detailed look at aircraft failure analysis and design. Most prominent issue is that by attempting to meet the needs of interested technical laymen as well as engineers, the discussions are simultaneously opague to one audience and facile to the other.
Cfenno
Apr 02, 2016 Cfenno rated it did not like it
Very dry. reads like a government technical report. Couldn't finish it.
John
Jul 07, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: aviation
Not a bad basic overview of the physics of flight
Brent
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.
Kyle
Jun 17, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing
Although 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.
Wayne
Nov 11, 2012 Wayne rated it it was ok
Very detailed explanation of the physical forces acting upon the aircraft and the passengers in them.
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