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747 : creating the world's first jumbo jet and other adventures from a life in aviation

Author: Joseph F Sutter; Jay P Spenser
Publisher: New York : Smithsonian : Collins, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Almost everything about the 747 would be unprecedented. Its cabin would be so wide that it would need two aisles. Its horizontal tail would be bigger than the wings of most airliners ever built. Jet engines big enough to lift it off the ground didn't yet exist. Runways at the world's airports couldn't handle it, and neither could Boeing's factories. They had to erect the world's largest building just to produce it.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joseph F Sutter; Joseph F Sutter; Joseph F Sutter
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph F Sutter; Jay P Spenser
ISBN: 0060882417 9780060882419
OCLC Number: 62342246
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 272 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Growing up with aviation --
University and war --
Doug LA, Boeing and the Stratocruiser --
The jet age --
I get the 747 --
A Giant takes shape --
Willing to be fired --
The wing and weight crises --
The 77 rolls out --
Into the air --
Transforming the world --
New assignments --
The Challenger disaster --
Consulting in retirement.
Other Titles: Seven forty-seven
Responsibility: Joe Sutter with Jay Spenser.

Abstract:

"Almost everything about the 747 would be unprecedented. Its cabin would be so wide that it would need two aisles. Its horizontal tail would be bigger than the wings of most airliners ever built. Jet engines big enough to lift it off the ground didn't yet exist. Runways at the world's airports couldn't handle it, and neither could Boeing's factories. They had to erect the world's largest building just to produce it. A truly mammoth undertaking, the 747 became one of the most successful airplane models ever.".

"Joseph Sutter's narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge - the 747 came on the market the same year that men first set foot on the moon - the jet travel was still glamorous and new. He gives an insider's sense of the larger-than-life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world. Ultimately, 747 is a story of grit and glory."--BOOK JACKET.

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