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Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation

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A bestselling author chronicles the tumultuous story of the most dynamic industry of the twentieth century. Heppenheimer reveals how the government's actions and the subsequent reactions of entrepreneurs allowed this $200 billion business to develop and prosper in the United States. Covers the growth of Pan Am, TWA, Eastern and other major American airlines, past and prese ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published March 13th 1998 by Wiley (first published 1995)
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Peter Zoll
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From Lindberg’s crossing to supersonic transport, the development of commercial aviation involved driven people – William Boeing, Tom Braniff, Glenn Curtis, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, Donald Douglas, Anthony Fokker, Jack Frye, Ernst Heinkel, Allen Loughead, James McDonnell, Gelnn Martin, Perry Pratt, Juan Trippe, Frank Whittle, Cornelius Whitney, the brothers Wright and many others – and a constant interplay between governments and the industry to develop the system we have today.

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Fascinated by airplanes and commercial aviation in particular, I found this an informative read.
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Very informative. I now know more about jet engines than I needed to know but the detail was great.
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What a century was the 20th, which turned everyday life into the stuff of yesteryear's science fiction. Who would believe at its dawning that one day people would travel the world primarily through the air, soaring through it in great machines made of iron? Turbulent Skies is a history of commercial aviation in the United States, Great Britain, and (occasionally) Europe. Part of the Sloan Technology Series, it mixes business and social history with extensive commentary on aviation engineering. B ...more
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Thomas A. Heppenheimer holds a Ph.D in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has held research fellowships in planetary science at California Institute of Technology and at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany.

He has been a free-lance writer since 1978. He has written extensively on
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