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

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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.

Blatner?s breezy, readable narrative is peppered with little-known flying facts, entertaining sidebars, and a field guide to commercial aircraft. Every page tells readers something they pro bably did not know, answering such questions as

  • How does a million-pound hunk of metal get off the ground and stay up? (The Bernoulli Effect is only part of the answer.)
  • How does air traffic control work, both on the ground and in the air?
  • What is ?cruising altitude,? anyway, and why do planes cruise there?
  • How do they build airplanes, and what do all those moving flaps on the wings do?
  • What exactly is turbulence, and is it dangerous?
  • How do airlines decide on ticket prices?
  • Why do airplane windows have those tiny holes at the bottom?
  • What happens to your bag once it disappears down the conveyor belt?
  • What is the deal with airplane food? Who makes it, and how?
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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Everything readers have ever wondered about airplanes is explained through history, physics, anecdotes, sidebars, and illustrations, by the acclaimed author of "The Joy of Pi."

About the Author

David Blatner is the author of The Joy of pi. He and his family live in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802713780
Subtitle:
Everything You've Ever Wondered about Flying on Airplanes
Author:
Blatner, David
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Airplanes
Subject:
Aeronautics
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Aeronautics, commercial
Subject:
Aviation - Commercial
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Aeronautics -- History.
Subject:
Astronautics
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
108-35
Publication Date:
20040801
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 BandW illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.00 x 7.00 in

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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.
"Synopsis" by , Everything readers have ever wondered about airplanes is explained through history, physics, anecdotes, sidebars, and illustrations, by the acclaimed author of "The Joy of Pi."
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