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Sonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth

Craig Ryan.
Item #: D02683
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 432 / 2016
Publisher: Liveright
ISBN: 9780631491910
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Seventy years ago, cars and airplanes were still deathtraps waiting to happen; today, both are safer than ever, thanks in part to a pioneering Air Force doctor's research on seatbelts and ejection seats. John Paul Stapp (1910-1999) was once blasted—faster than a .45 caliber bullet—across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sled, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. At great personal risk, Stapp repeated the experiment many times until enough data on deceleration could be collected. From the legendary high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the ferocious battles for car safety legislation, Stapp never stayed at rest, and Craig Ryan's biography of this Renaissance man also serves as a chronicle of America's transition into the Jet Age.

 

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