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 means of Joe Sutter, the most celebrated engineers of the 20 th century, who spearheaded its layout and development. Sutter's brilliant narrative takes us again to a time whilst American expertise was once state of the art and jet trip was once nonetheless glamorous and new. With wit and heat, he offers an insider's feel of the bigger than life-size personalities—and the tensions—in the aeronautical international.
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Pilots sometimes ignored this prohibition when in hot pursuit of a MiG seeking refuge over China, and on at least one occasion they confused facilities across the Soviet border with targets in North Korea. After the first attacks by Chinese troops in late October and early November, quiet settled over the North Korean battlefields; the new enemy seemed to have vanished as suddenly as he appeared. After pausing two weeks to regroup, MacArthur on November 24 launched an offensive that he believed would drive the enemy across the Yalu and into China.
Against experienced pilots like Gabreski, Meyer, and Jabara, the Chinese sent class after class of trainees, and the Soviets also rotated inexperienced pilots into the theater. Each group began timidly and only gradually made bolder forays across the Yalu as experience increased. Only a few of the Chinese and Soviet pilots attained the level of skill common among their opponents. A flight of North American F-86 Sabres over Korea. 30 The Air War over Korea The F-86 pilots had to devise new tactics for jet combat along the Yalu.
Assessing the effectiveness of air power in front of his unit, especially the strikes handled by airborne controllers in their T-6s, Lt. Col. Gilbert J. Check, commander of the 27th Regimental Combat Team, said, “The close support and coordination between air and ground units . . ”” The Chinese intervention struck a mortal blow to the administration’s lingering hope that the budget could be balanced by reining in defense spending. Amid the optimism of late October, plans were being made to shift troops from the Far East to Europe once the last spark of North Korean resistance had been extinguished.
747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation by Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter