Desde este punto en Miscelánea iremos dando títulos sobre algunos libros que nos parecen interesantes. Este punto no se moverá, pero si se irá actualizando a medida que tengamos aportaciones e ideas.
The Naked Pilot: The Human Factor in Aircraft Accidents - David Beaty After landing safely back at the airport with a fire on board, no exit was opened for 23 minutes and 301 people inside perished. Investigations into the causes of aircraft accidents often focus on what happened and who did it - but very rarely on why, which is the question the author addresses in this book. He propounds that the cause should be sought deeper inside human beings who make simple human errors rather than simply "pilot error". David Beaty analyzes not only human error flying accidents, but also the latest predisposing errors made by management and government. This book was recommended in a House of Lords debate on aircraft safety.
The Killing Zone: How & Why Pilots Die - Paul A. Craig
Points out fatal errors that inexperienced pilots make time after time and gives you tactics to avoid them.
NOTA: Servidor lo ha leído y puede decir que relata estadísticas de accidentes separadas por experiencia y condiciones en que se han producido dichos accidentes, así como hacer un análisis de diferentes casos de cada tipo de accidente, ya sea con o sin víctimas mortales, esto es, primero descripción del accidente, después análisis y luego conclusiones que se sacan de él. Desde mi punto de vista, interesante sobre todo para los nuevos pilotos que pueden ver así donde se pueden encontrar con accidentes y por tanto, evitarlos, a pesar de las miles de recomendaciones de los propios instructores. Los casos son de aviación deportiva/privada en EEUU.
Samurai! - Saburo Sakai
The thrilling memoirs of Japan s greatest ace provide new insights into the lives of pilots and the Pacific War as a whole. Saburo Sakai is Japan s greatest fighter pilot to survive World War II, and his powerful memoir has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring books ever written on the Pacific war. First published in English in 1957, it gave a new perspective on the air war and on the Japanese pilots who, until then, had been perceived in the United States as mere caricatures. Today, the book remains a valuable eyewitness account of some of the most famous battles in history and a moving, personal story of a courageous naval aviator.A living legend, Sakai engaged in more than two hundred dogfights, from the Philippines to Iwo Jima, and was the only Japanese ace never to lose a wingman in combat. By the war s end he reportedly had shot down sixty four Allied planes. His most renowned accomplishment, an epic of aviation survival, occurred after action over Guadalcanal in August 1942. Partially paralysed and nearly blind from multiple wounds, he managed to fly 560 miles to Rabaul and safely land his crippled Zero.Here, Sakai offers a full account of his experiences, modestly recalling his rise from an impoverished childhood to feats of mythic proportions. Barrett Tillman s introduction to this new Naval Institute Press Classics of Naval Literature edition puts the memoir in historical context for today s readers.
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War - R. Coram
John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever -- the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft -- the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story. Boyd, more than any other person, saved fighter aviation from the predations of the Strategic Air Command. His manual of fighter tactics changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. He discovered a physical theory that forever altered the way fighter planes were designed. Later in life, he developed a theory of military strategy that has been adopted throughout the world and even applied to business models for maximizing efficiency. And in one of the most startling and unknown stories of modern military history, the Air Force fighter pilot taught the U.S. Marine Corps how to fight war on the ground. His ideas led to America's swift and decisive victory in the Gulf War and foretold the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. On a personal level, Boyd rarely met a general he couldn't offend. He was loud, abrasive, and profane. A man of daring, ferocious passion and intractable stubbornness, he was that most American of heroes -- a rebel who cared not for his reputation or fortune but for his country. He was a true patriot, a man who made a career of challenging the shortsighted and self-serving Pentagon bureaucracy. America owes Boyd and his disciples -- the six men known as the "Acolytes" -- a great debt. Robert Coram finally brings to light the remarkable story of a man who polarized all who knew him, but who left a legacy that will influence the military -- and all of America -- for decades to come. Book jacket.
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