Testing Death: Hughes Aircraft Test Pilots and Cold War Weaponry




Author: George J. Marrett
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2006
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 240
Isbn10 Code: 0275990664
Isbn13 Code: 9780313081194


Review "[A]n eminently-readable book….Marrett's book is about his life as a test pilot, not necessarily of just airplanes, but all the mysterious electronic things that--the military versions, at least--can do, and what it took to be able to get them to do it. You'll meet the fascinating characters he worked with, and learn the secrets of some of the most able (and unable) airplanes around." - Pacific Flyer "Marrett recounts his 20 years as a test pilot for Hughes Aircraft, flying F-15, F-16 and F-18 weapons systems and firing a Mach 3 Phoenix missile from an F-14A Tomcat at a Soviet MiG Foxbat target. He tells stories of espionage and deadly crashes and explains the development of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber radar. The volume includes many photographs of the planes and pilots Marrett describes." - SciTech Book News "There has been no finer way of learning what happened throughout aviation history than by having the story told by one who was there. While numerous aviation writers are pilots who put you right into the cockpit, author and long-time WINGS & AIRPOWER contributor George Marrett chooses to put the reader right into history itself by weaving colorful tales of his aerial exploits or those of people who touched the very history he writes about. Having flown as both an Air Force test pilot and combat pilot in Southeast Asia before being hired as a civilian test pilot for the Hughes Aircraft Company, Marrett takes his readers on a journey back in time….How fortunate he was to have been able to partake of all that history, and how fortunate we are to now be able to read all about it. It is classic aviation storytelling at its best!" - Airpower "[A] fitting way to honor the men he flew with at Hughes Aircraft Company." - Paso Robles Press "In Testing Death George Marrett vividly describes his experiences as a Hughes Aircraft Company test pilot during the 1970s and '80s a time of cold war tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States. Through detailed recollections of his tests of air-to-air missiles (one of the cold war's lesser known but critically important technological achievements), he reveals the pilot's role in the quest for ever greater improvements in aeronautical science and ever-deadlier weapons. Marrett's stories are so descriptive that even those who have never flown a jet will be able to picture strapping one on and flying a mission." - Air & Space Review "The author's life-long love affair with aviation culminates in his test pilot years with Hughes Aircraft Company. George Marrett reveals the human side of testing the high-tech weapons systems of the Cold War. His informative writing is enhanced by a fine sense of humor and irony that he found in the urgent climate of that era. His Air Force fighter pilot training, honed by duties as an interceptor pilot (defending San Francisco) followed by aerial combat in the Vietnam conflict, uniquely qualified Mr. Marrett to test the future generation of weapons … many of which have seen their post-Cold War payoff in today's mideast battlefields." ( Paul H. Kennard, former Group Vice President, Hughes Aircraft Company )

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