1001 Avi­a­tion Facts

Flight Journal - - GALLERY - by Mike Machat (ed.) Gerry Yar­rish

(Spe­cialty Press, 336 pages, $24.95)

Edited by Mike Machat and pub­lished by Spe­cialty Press, 1001 Avi­a­tion Facts in­cludes the works of many tal­ented ex­perts in their fields, in­clud­ing John Lewis, Craig Kodera, Nick Veron­ico, Jim Keeshen, Hank Caruso, Mark Frankel, and Jon Proc­tor. This book is a must-read for any­one want­ing to be the king of avi­a­tion trivia. It pro­vides an in­sight­ful and in-depth look at avi­a­tion his­tory, filled with amaz­ing and lit­tle-known in­for­ma­tion and facts about all as­pects of avi­a­tion.

Al­though in­di­vid­ual air­craft have in­ter­est­ing tech­ni­cal his­to­ries, there are many small de­tails that are vi­tal to that air­craft’s suc­cess or fail­ure. This 336-page book brings those types of facts into fo­cus, giv­ing read­ers a plethora of com­pelling data and in­for­ma­tion that will broaden their un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of avi­a­tion in gen­eral, plus the air­craft and the peo­ple who make them fly. From the Wright Broth­ers and the Spirit of St.

Louis pi­lot Charles Lind­bergh to mil­i­tary and ex­per­i­men­tal world records for alti­tude and speed, the sto­ries are or­ga­nized by cat­e­gory, such as mil­i­tary, com­mer­cial, and sport avi­a­tion, and in­clude top­ics such as pi­lots and per­son­al­i­ties, avi­a­tion movies, TV shows, and model build­ing.—

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