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The Flying Book: Everything You've Ever Wondered about Flying on Airplanes (2003)

by David Blatner

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Most of us have flown on a plane at sometime in our lives. As you sit in your seat cruising through the atmosphere high above the earth, have you wondered what keeps you up there? When you land have you wondered how the pilot knows what route to take to get to the terminal safely? What is turbulence and is it dangerous? How do jet engines work? How do the toilets work and can you be suck into it? Why is flying the safest way to travel? How are modern airplanes built?

These are just some of the questions that this book will answer plus many more. Plus it is fun to read in part because the author places factoids in boxes around the page some of which are quotes from history about man's ability to fly which now are funny. ( )
  lamour | Mar 20, 2016 |
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One of the most fascinating facts about flying in airplanes is that while almost everybody does it, relatively few people really understand how it works.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802713785, Hardcover)

Whether you fear, thrill at, or, like many, have never bothered to stop and think about the wonder of commercial flight, The Flying Book will inform, surprise, reassure, and entertain. David Blatner takes readers from the cockpit to the runway, the control tower, the baggage and security systems, the airplane manufacturing plant, and beyond, explaining the many factors that make airline travel possible. There are stops along the way to examine airplane maintenance, pilot training, the effects of weather, safety statistics, tips for staying healthy, oddball aviation inventions such as the air car, and what aerodynamicists have learned from birds and bugs.
With a brief history of aviation just to put it all in perspective, as well as minibiographies of some of history's great aviators, The Flying Book is a treasure trove of fascinating aviation facts. A delight for travelers-business, pleasure, or armchair-or any readers who like to indulge their sense of curiosity, The Flying Book captures the spirit, illuminates the science, and reveals the magic of flight.

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