747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other by Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter

By Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter

747 is the exciting tale in the back of "the Queen of the Skies"—the Boeing 747—as instructed through Joe Sutter, essentially the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its layout and development. Sutter's bright narrative takes us again to a time while American know-how was once state of the art and jet go back and forth was once nonetheless glamorous and new. With wit and heat, he provides an insider's experience of the bigger than life-size personalities—and the tensions—in the aeronautical global.

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By destroying those elements of Germany’s industrial complex that were essential components of the army’s means to fight, Gorrell aimed to render enemy forces impotent. For him, the key to applying air power successfully was identifying those industries that made the German army tick and then wrecking them through accurate bombing. Such bombing would also terrify the German work force and keep it away from the target factories. 93 Night raids were notoriously inaccurate, despite Gorrell’s belief that accuracy increased because of immunity from enemy defenses.

McAndrew, to prohibit American bombing 25 g e n e s i s i n t h e g r e at wa r with the iaf once Air Service bombardment units reached sufficient strength to conduct separate operations. In January 1918 Pershing had agreed that British personnel could organize, train, and equip the thirty projected American night bombing squadrons, and British flying schools also taught some American day bombing aircrews. 63 Yet just as Pershing prohibited American ground combat units from amalgamating with Allied armies, he would not condone American bombers flying to achieve British objectives, especially when American ground forces needed air support.

William Mitchell, 1925 There is one thing certain: Air power has given to the world a means whereby the heart of a nation can be attacked at once without first having to wage an exhausting war at that nation’s frontiers. • Maj. Harold Lee George, 1935 21 July 1921 For Billy Mitchell, the final attack on a relic of the Kaiser’s navy was as important as any he had directed on the Western Front. One by one, the six Martin mb-2 bombers and a single Handley-Page flew past Mitchell’s Osprey, a blue and white dh-4 with a blue command pennant flapping from the rudder.

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