Test Pilots

Test Pilots

Antony Loveless (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778798101

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Description

Piloting experimental aircraft is more dangerous than most other types of flying. Test pilots are generally military aviators who fly new and modified aircraft, allowing the results to be measured and the design to be evaluated. In the 1950s, test pilots were being killed at the rate of about one a week, but the risks have shrunk to a fraction of that, thanks to the sophistication of aircraft technology, better ground-testing, and simulation of aircraft performance. Despite their image as fun-loving daredevils, these pilots have to be ruthlessly precise and professional when flying. This intriguing book looks at what type of people become test pilots; how they train; what the job includes; how it feels to be the first person to fly a new design; the aircraft they fly; and how they analyze and report on each flight.

Reading Level
Lexile
1052L
Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
Y
ATOS
7.2
DRA
70
Categories
Genre
Military People & Places
Interest Age
Ages 6-8 Ages 9-12
Grade
3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade
Subject
Other
Language
English (US)
Fiction/Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction
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