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Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation (Sloan Technology) Hardcover – September 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0471109617 ISBN-10: 0471109614 Edition: 1st
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From Publishers Weekly

This third entry in the Sloan Technology series is an important addition to the history of technology as well as business. Heppenheimer (Colonies in Space) is as gifted at explaining the development of the jet engine in terms a nonspecialist can follow as he is at tracing the rise and triumph of the aircraft industry over ground transport. U.S. commercial flight got off the ground in the 1920s principally because Washington subsidized it for carrying airmail. Government assistance has continued up to the present as such major manufacturers as Boeing, Pratt and Whitney and GE have converted advances financed by the Air Force to building aircraft for the commercial market. Heppenheimer's accounts of the collapse of Pan Am, the demise of Eastern, the enormous gamble made by Boeing in the 1970s, the abandonment of plans for an American answer to the Concorde and the still-reverberating 1978 deregulation demonstrate some of the "unintended consequences" that are the focus of this informative study. Illustrations.
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Science writer Heppenheimer (The Coming Quake, Times Bks., 1988) details the history and development of the $200 billion-a-year commercial aviation industry from the aviation pioneers to the Boeing 777. Offering interesting vignettes of the aviation pioneers and company founders, he tracks the advances in aircraft design, aerodynamics, power plants, radar, and air traffic control that paralleled the growth of the airline industry. Of particular interest is coverage of the U.S. Air Force's influence on aircraft development and the federal government's regulation of the industry. The author's account of the advent of the jet in Nazi Germany and Britain is absorbing and notable. Considering the interwoven technological, economic, and political complexity of aviation, Heppenheimer's book is comprehensive enough for specialists yet readable enough for general readers, who might nevertheless have welcomed even more photos. For public libraries.?William A. McIntyre, New Hampshire Technical Coll. Lib., Nashua
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sloan Technology
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471109614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471109617
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
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I was disappointed in this book, primarily because I was expecting more information on commercial airlines, their history, problems, and development. There is only one 30 page chapter, "Shake-up and Shakeout", which really talks about airlines in any detail. The rest of the book concentrates on the history of aircraft and related technology as well as some limited information on the aerospace companies (Boeing, Lockheed, etc.) and personalities which produced the aircraft.
The title, "Turbulent Skies", is a little more titillating than this basic historical rundown deserves and the subtitle which mentions "Commercial Aviation" may mislead some people.
Content may be OK for those looking for aircraft development through history but look elsewhere if your interest is in the commercial airlines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael T Kennedy VINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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This book spends 350 pages in a very thorough history of commercial aviation. It is an excellent history of the early planes of commercial service. We have many histories of military aircraft and their use in war. This book goes into the early airliners like the DC 2 and DC 3. It tells the story of the magnificent DC 6. The Constellation story is told. All of this is fascinating history for me as I was long ago an aeronautical engineer. The modern period is well done up to the mid-90s and the great story of Southwest Airlines and the 737 will have to be found elsewhere. Still, this is excellent history, very readable and reliable.
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By Just Me on February 10, 2014
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Why did PanAm fail? Why didn't the government save what was in all but name, the national flag carrier of the United States? Why did Eastern fail? Where did the FAA come from and was it needed? (this last is particularly important for those who think that regulations are poison and that businesses will do what is right out of some sort of self interest -if there ever was a valid and cogent explanation why it is not so even though we all would like it to be, this is it.) Where did People's Express go and why did it fail after being wildly successful? How did deregulation help and how did it hurt the air transport business and how did it affect transportation in general?

There is a lot more but if you've ever had any of the preceding questions cross your mind -even for a second- this book will be well worth your time. It is very well researched and well written without being so dense as to be work rather than pleasure to read. I have only two complaints which I hope would be addressed in a future revised edition: first, I would have liked more information on the computerized reservation systems -particularly those that preceded SABER (and more detail about that system) and second, I would have liked more details concerning foreign airlines. It is not that these matters are not addressed but rather that I would have liked a more in depth exploration because SABER gave American a incredibly large competitive advantage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BB on September 22, 2011
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This is a great book on the history of commericial aviation in the US. I learned so much from it.
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Just an excellent rundown, from the early origin of commercial flight well through the jet age. Well written, genuine research, not fluff. Truly good and in depth.
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Old book, but as we watch airline consolidation accelerate here in 2013, the book provides excellent background and points to exactly what is happening today!
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