Baker & Taylor Blending the real-life exploits of aeronautical pioneers with fictional characters, the first novel in a trilogy set against the backdrop of the birth of the jet age follows the adventures of American test pilot Vance Shannon and his aviation family. By the former Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and author of Dawn Over Kitty Hawk. 25,000 first printing.
The story of the jet age of aviation revolves around remarkable geniuses--including Sir Frank Whittle, the British inventor of the jet engine; Hans von Ohain, a German jet engine designer who comes to work for the U.S.; famed aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson; the daring test pilot Tex Johnston, and many more--brilliant men who conceived these early extraordinary airplanes and had the courage to fly them to new horizons. Roaring Thunder blends real life adventures of the industry giants with the fictional Vance Shannon and his aviation family. Shannon, a prototypical American test pilot, sees and guides the birth of American jet aviation, while his sons, Tom and Harry fly the new jets in combat. Their aviation careers are blessed by their skill and courage, and they help usher in the greatest advance in aviation history with the birth of the jet transport. The Shannons serve as counterparts to the real-life heroes, creating continuity and explaining the intricacies, successes, and setbacks of a brand new industry. The dramatic, totally accurate story of the beginning of the jet age is presented against a background of personalities, real and fictional who bring the story to life, and represent the first stage in the first ever fiction trilogy about the history of the aerospace industry.
Baker & Taylor Blending the real-life exploits of aeronautical pioneers with fictional characters, this novel set against the backdrop of the birth of the jet age follows the adventures of American test pilot Vance Shannon and his aviation family.