Test Pilots (Paperback)

The Frontiersmen of Flight, Revised Edition

By Richard P. Hallion

Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 9780874745498, 462pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 1988

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"If you really wish to learn" wrote Wilbur Wright, "you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial". And even before the Wright Flyer took off on its history-making first flight, intrepid researchers had been testing many different flying machines: the hapless tower jumpers of the Dark Ages; the balloonist of the eighteenth century; the glider builders of the nineteenth. In Test Pilots, Richard P. Hallion chronicles the history of test pilots from these early explorers to today's military men.

About the Author

Richard P. Hallion, Air Force Historian, directs the worldwide Air Force historical and museum programs. An internationally recognized aerospace historian, he has written or edited thirteen other books.

Praise For Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight, Revised Edition

Test Pilots is an accurate, insightful, broad survey of flight testing from medieval tower jumpers to astronauts that focuses on the test pilot as vital link between designers, the hardware they produce, and a flying public. . . . As a survey of a largely unexplored subject, [the book] is a decidedly successful contribution to the burgeoning field of aerospace history. (Isis)

As a concise history, [Test Pilots] is first rate. . . . The story is detailed enough for technical readers and historians, but it moves quickly. . . . (Air Force)

This well-crafted, thoroughly researched work conveys a sense of the excitement, danger, and technical accomplishment felt by aircraft test pilots from Daedalus to Icarus to the Wright brothers and today's astronauts. (Sea Power)

Like The Right Stuff, Test Pilots belongs on every pilot's bookshelf (Steven L. Thompson Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association Magazine)