By Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter
747 is the exciting tale in the back of "the Queen of the Skies"—the Boeing 747—as advised by way of Joe Sutter, the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its layout and development. Sutter's bright narrative takes us again to a time whilst American know-how was once state-of-the-art and jet commute used to be nonetheless glamorous and new. With wit and heat, he supplies an insider's experience of the bigger than life-size personalities—and the tensions—in the aeronautical international.
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Today Göring would be certain it was showcased to good advantage. This was his chance, he believed, to restore his on-again, off-again status in good standing with the Führer. It was also a grand opportunity to outshine his rival, Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal) Erhard Milch, who held the title of air inspector general. Several “black,” or secret, aircraft and items of equipment were ready for Hitler’s inspection. None looked more dull or deadly basking in the winter sun than the Me 262, the Wunderwaffe or “wonder weapon” that was soon to be touted as the world’s first operational jet fighter.
He wanted to be in combat. He said as much to everyone he could find who would listen. It never occurred to him that he was getting the best possible preparation for fighting Hitler’s jets. As an instructor, he logged seven hundred hours in the very new and not yet proven P-51 in just a few months. The typical American pilot went into combat with sixty hours. James L. “Jim” Vining had a twinkle in his eyes and showed up at the recruiter’s office in Livingston, Louisiana, weighing 135 pounds dripping wet.
They wanted to fly, but it seldom occurred to them that they might have to kill. “I always aimed at the enemy airplane, not at the man in it,” said Bryan, who was gifted with flawless eyesight and eye-hand coordination. And, yes, Bryan had seen I Wanted Wings at the cinema, too. Bryan was a California boy, eager, handsome, smiling. If he had anything other than a routine West Coast, middle-class upbringing, his buddies never discerned it. A friend called him a “loveable crank” and a “philosopher,” but he was mostly just an ordinary very young man who may have been less impacted by the economic hardships of the era than many.
747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation by Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter