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Fighter Pilot's Heaven: Flight Testing the Early Jets

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  1 review
Fighter Pilot's Heaven presents the dramatic inside story of the American military's transition into the jet age, as told by a flyer whose life depended on its success. With colorful anecdotes about fellow pilots as well as precise technical information, Donald S. Lopez describes how it was to be “behind the stick” as a test pilot from 1945 to 1950, when the U.S. military ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 17th 2001 by Smithsonian Books (first published March 1st 1995)
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Oct 17, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in aviation or my family
my grandfather tells stories about testing america's first jets and meeting my grandmother. and there's a story about me in the epilogue.
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Donald S. Lopez (July 15, 1923 – March 3, 2008) was a former U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fighter and test pilot and until his death the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In 1948 he married Glindel Barron, sister of Florida State Senator Dempsey Barron.

Father of professor of Buddhist studies at the University of Michigan Donald S. Lopez Jr.
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