HIDDEN GENIUS: The Black Engineer Behind Howard Hughes Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2253 KB
- Publication Date : March 20, 2011
- Publisher : Grey Forest Press, L.L.C. (March 20, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 112 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004TAX0WM
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #979,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The only source for them seems to be Mann himself so i hope I can be forgiven if I take the claims with a grain of salt. Or more.
The book claims that during WWII Mann developed an innovative ammo system that brought up the Browning 0.50 machine guns installed on aircrafts "from 50 to 500 rounds per minute". Browning machine guns had a rate of fire of around 500 rpm in 1933 already, ten years before.
It is claimed that Mann sent to and flew his aircraft (a racing monoplane) in the Ethiopian War. No record of him or his airplane appears anywhere in the numerous histories of the war. We know the Ethiopians had exactly 13 aircraft and only two of them were American: two Staggerwing biplanes, hardly racing stuff. We even know the names of the pilots, and Mann is not there.
He claims to have then just left aboard his airplane heading for Europe after an argument with the Emperor. Besides the chances of surviving disrespect to Haile Selassie, which could be deemed slim, one wonders where he could find fuel and oil in the middle of Africa, in the Thirties, during a war.
He claims he was instrumental in having the Tuskagee Airmen supplied with new aircrafts instead of "old World War One biplane crates". No WWI aircraft was still in service when the Tuskagee Airmen were formed.
And so on.
To me Mr. Mann was a very good storyteller...