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Contrails Over the Mojave: The Golden Age of Jet Flight Testing at Edwards Air Force Base Kindle Edition
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George Marrett's career as a combat pilot, and a military & civilian test pilot is one that maybe only a handful of pilots can approach. His books will keep you anchored to your chair, forsaking all other activities, until you've read the whole thing - maybe twice.
Mr Marrett having left the Air Force and Test Pilot program, wound up flying for the Hughes
Aircraft company and subsequently went on to fly many hours in the Tomcat while developing the
legendary AIM-54 Phoenix/AWG-9 combination that was to give the Tomcat capabilities other aircraft
could only dream of. Mr Marrett recounts details of this program and others in the 3rd of three
books he's written about his flying exploits - Testing Death.
The next time I came across his name was when I ordered a book called Cheating Death and went on
to read about his time flying the A-1 Skyraider (another favourite aircraft of mine) in Vietnam.
I'm not reviewing that book here obviously, but if you haven't read it, I suggest you remedy that
situation at your earliest convenience.
So to Contrails Over the Mojave. This details stories of the heady days at Muroc/Edwards when the
newest, fastest, hottest aircraft were showing up to be rung out by the brave men of the test pilot
fraternity. Mr Marrett details his own experiences and many of those experienced by his friends and
collegues. Many of the stories don't have happy endings for those involved as this was an inherently
dangerous occupaption. Many of the stories are amusing. ALL of them are compelling and well written.
For anyone interested in flying, this is a great read. For those interested in military aviation,
this is a must read.
I highly reccommend this book to all and thank Mr Marrett for sharing his experiences with us.