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The God Machine: From Boomerangs to Black Hawks: The Story of the Helicopter
by James R. Chiles (Goodreads Author)
From transforming the ways of war to offering godlike views of inaccessible spots, revolutionizing rescues worldwide, and providing some of our most-watched TV moments—including the cloud of newscopters that trailed O. J. Simpson’s Bronco—the helicopter is far more capable than early inventors expected. Now James Chiles profiles the many helicoptrians who contributed to t ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Bantam Dell
(first published October 2007)
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When I was in the Navy, I had several opportunities to take short rides in many different types of helicopters. Every ride pretty much started out the same way: lots of noise, an unexpectedly large amount of shuddering and shaking before takeoff, and then, after leaving the ground, the thought: "I cannot believe this F-ing things flies." I've always been amazed by the vast number of things that have to go just right for a helicopter to function properly. It's like an airplane - only with two se ...more
Way more than I ever wanted to know about helicopters...but the author can at least make the topic interesting here and there. Unfortunate title, too, because many readers may not catch the reference to "deus ex machina" unless they read the author's introduction.