Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World
In "Jet Age," journalist Sam Howe Verhovek explores the advent of the first generation of jet airliners and the people who designed, built, and flew them. The path to jet travel was triumphal and amazingly rapid-less than fifty years after the Wright Brothers ...more
De Havilland Comets.
The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World
By Sam Howe Verhovek
Illustrated. 248 pp. Avery. $27
.The year was 1954, and the letter writer was one of the privileged few to travel in the first jet airliner. The Comet had fatal flaws, as it turned out, resulting in multiple crashes and giving the rival Boeing 707 the second-mover advantage it needed to secure the market for itself.
“Jet Age” is ostensibly about the race between two companies and natio ...more
Another issue I had with the text was the presentation method of the Comet investigation. The books opens with the Comet story which was v ...more
The book detailed the history of the airline industry dating back to the air mail days which is an interesting evolution. The development of the jet engine was also covered. The author examined them ...more
When I read the acknowledgements (at the end) I understood that this fellow, interested in Boeing, did a lot of research and then turned this research into a book. I expected a level of detail about the decision making behind the building of the 707 that is completely absent, as well as the context for those decisions. Nope, not much of that.
In 270+ pages, ...more
Verhovek focuses on the race to develop the first transatlantic jet airliner. Although he devotes a chapter each in the beginning to the Comet and the 707, the majority of the book is the back story to these aircraft. He examines the development of the aviation industry from the Wright brother through to the end of the World War II, looking at the individuals behind the companies that s ...more
Jet Age is a short book about the development of the first jet passenger airplanes. Because jets can fly in the stratosphere, far above where most the weather takes place in the atmosphere, the are much more comfortable; passengers are knocked around less by turbulence and are less like to become sick. Jets are also much quieter.
The De Haviland company in Britain developed the first jet passenger airplane, the Comet, in the early 1950s. Unfortunately, the designers had not sufficiently con...more
From a strategic perspective, this book provides a look into organizational and cultural change, how to manage a new capability a ...more
Flying on a jet isn't something anyone thinks much about, but in the not-so-distant past, the airlines weren't even sure that jets were something that passengers would want or need. The evolution of air travel has seemed so natural, it never even occurred to me that there would even be a question as to whether or not to build commercial jets. It's amazing how much things have changed in such a short time.
Jet Age is the his ...more
Living in the 21st Century, we tend to forget where we came from and how bold and fearless these early pilots and engineers ...more
This book is fascinating. It's not just the history of the planes themselves, but the history of jet air trave ...more
Age and especially the non-stop commercial jet flight across the Atlantic. It was very enjoyable readi ...more
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program and my review is based on an advance uncorrected proof.
Gathered from secondary sources, it was a good overview but many details of the two aircraft were lacking. For example, the cracks at the corners of the Comet's square windows, the cause of the three disasters, were mentioned only as an afterthought.
The author does a good job of explaining technical aspects simply and easily. It's not a bad read - just a poorly structured one.
However, if you're looking for a interesting read, this book cleverly summarizes and captures the salient points of the above.