Sonic Wind (Hardback)

Craig Ryan


Sixty years ago, cars and aeroplanes were deathtraps waiting to happen. Today, both are safer than they were, thanks in part to a pioneering US Air Force doctor's research on seatbelts and ejection seats. The exploits of John Paul Stapp (1910-1999) come to life in this biography of a man who was once blasted across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sledge, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. The experiment put him on the cover of Time magazine and allowed his swashbuckling team to gather the data needed to revolutionise car and aeroplane design. From the high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the battles for car safety legislation, Craig Ryan's book is as much a history of the transition into the Jet Age as it is a biography of the man who got us there more safely.

Product Details

  • Product code: BAJXM
  • ISBN: 9780871406774
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 24.7cm x 16.7cm
  • Pages: 432
  • Publish date: Tue Sep 22 00:00:00 BST 2015
  • Book points: 0


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