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Chasing The Demon: A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier and the American Aces Who Conquered It

Dan Hampton.
Item #: D02460
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 352 / 2018
Publisher: William Morrow.
ISBN: 9780062688729
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After Hiroshima, the ability to deliver a nuclear device to its target faster than one's enemy became the singular obsession of American war planners. And so, in the earliest days of the Cold War, a highly classified program gathered an extraordinary band of pilots, including World War II aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch, who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, which pilots called "the demon." Putting this fiercely competitive quest in the context of aviation history, former fighter pilot Dan Hampton builds a case that it was the low-profile Welch—rather than the ambitious Yeager—who may have actually been the first to break the sound barrier.

 

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