Race with the Wind

Race with the Wind

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In the decades leading up to World War II, air races were often the proving grounds for radical new aviation principles and designs. The people and machines of air racing during this period made tremendous strides and contributed incredible new technologies, aerodynamics, powerplants, and airframes. This unique look at the key players and aircraft of the early 20th century's great air races examines and explains how innovative racing technologies found their way into future fighter and passenger aircraft. Coverage of exciting races like the Schneider Trophy, Pulitzer Trophy Race, and the National Air Races, an in-depth look at their contributions to aeronautics, exclusive line drawings illustrating the technologies, and archival photography make this a must for air racing fans and aviation enthusiasts.The D model had revised engine nacelles and full NACA cowlings producing a considerably cleaner power module. ... whose airplanes had acquired a well- deserved reputation lor speed in long-distance racing during the earlv 1930s. ... Fortunately the capability to manufacture, repair and modify the wooden ships still existed within the company. ... In addition, Lockheed issued factory orders for the installation of a larger oil tank (40 gallons), two small 16-gallon wing fuel tanks, anbsp;...

Title:Race with the Wind
Author:Birch Matthews
Publisher:Zenith Press - 2001


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