- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801884497
- ISBN-13: 978-0801884498
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blind Landings: Low-Visibility Operations in American Aviation, 1918–1958 1st Edition
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"Compact but quite readable book; it should interest all airline passengers who wonder how pilots land safely in an environment where they can barely see their hands before their faces."(Choice)
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"Conway's intelligent analysis differentiates this volume from many books on the history of aviation... Blind Landings sheds badly needed light."(Dominick A. Pisano Isis)
"Another good illustration from aviation history... of the ways in which politics, ideology, culture, and even nature play constitutive roles in the development and use of technologies."(Chihyung Jeon Technology and Culture)
About the Author
Erik M. Conway is a historian at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and author of High-Speed Dreams: NASA and the Technopolitics of Supersonic Transportation, 1945–1999, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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The goal of the participants from the very beginning was to achieve `blind landings'; to have the aircraft wheels literally touch the ground without the aid of any visual cues outside of the cockpit (thus the title of the book). A goal that remains, even in today's computer driven world.
What IS amazing is the amount and sometimes the pace of the system's evolution that was dependent all too often on purely political or business decisions; not science, and not technology, as an outsider would presume. This is not always the story of science, government, and business working together to solve a common problem, though it did occur. The airlines, driven by the need to fill vacant seats and make a profit, pushed (and paid for themselves, in some cases) for adoption of any system that would improve the opportunity for a scheduled flight to reach its destination in inclement weather, even if that improvement was only incremental.
Conway is to be applauded for the amount of history he has been able to amass, particularly on the early efforts towards this goal, and his extremely methodical and meticulous discussion.