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This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors.

John McPhee is the author of more than 25 books, including Annals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in 1999. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. McPhee's Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were both nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science.

This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airshiphuge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. It carries bridges, buildings, fleets of trucks. It is a flying warehouse. It eliminates the need for roads, railroads, prepared harborsor so goes the dream. With an arching back and a deep belly, it looks like a tremendous pumpkin seed. Its early and secret experimental developmental took twelve years' time and 1.5 million dollars. All of this capital came from private individuals. Much of it was raised by the minister of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Trenton, New Jersey, who initiated the project.

The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed is well-crafted and well-reported, surprising and engrossingexactly the sort of nonfiction John McPhee is known and loved for.

"It's a book Leonardo da Vinci would have warmed to, a set of experiments he'd have changed."Paul West, The Washington Post

"What gives [McPhee's] writing its powerful fascination is the strange, raw quality of fact: it all really happened, just the way he says . . . McPhee watches so intently that the Aereon and its people become real and important to the reader."John Skow, Los Angeles Times

"McPhee has a genius for writing about unusual people whose activities border on the eccentric, and the Aereon project abounded with them. His engrossing account can be read at a sitting."Donald R. Morris, The Houston Post

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This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors.

About the Author

John McPhee is the author of twenty-six books, including Annals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Velma, March 23, 2012 (view all comments by Velma)
A quick, entertaining, and interesting read, this is an account of the rise and fall of the idea of a radical, experimental flying machine sans wings: the Aereon 26. I think anyone interested in a little-known backwater of aviation history would enjoy it, particularly if you like a bit of technical jargon, as would fans of McPhee's inimitable prose, which shines here.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374516352
Author:
McPhee, John
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
McPhee, John
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Airplanes
Subject:
Aeronautics
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Airships
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
Aviation - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19920931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.14 x 0.535 in

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