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Author Marrett, George J.

Title Testing death : Hughes Aircraft test pilots and cold war weaponry / George J. Marrett ; foreword by D. Kenneth Richardson.

Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2006.


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 UniM Bail  623.7464092 MARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 203 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-198) and index.
Contents 1. Sore feet -- 2. Jet pilot -- 3. Combat and the F-15 Eagle fly-off -- 4. The impossible journey -- 5. Ace of the test range -- 6. Bombing the Blue Eel Railroad Bridge -- 7. Flying Dumbo -- 8. Gathering of eagles and one turkey -- 9. California dreamin' -- 10. Hitting the jackpot in Vegas -- 11. A hornet with two stings -- 12. The dream.
Summary "In 1969, after his return from Vietnam, George Marrett took a job as a test pilot at Hughes Aircraft. For twenty years, he tested the most sophisticated airborne radar and missiles ever designed for advanced Navy and Air Force aircraft. Now his masterful command of storytelling puts the reader in the cockpit during the F-15, F-16, and F-18 weapons systems flyoff, as well as during the firing of a Mach 3 Phoenix missile from an F-14A Tomcat at a Soviet MiG Foxbat target. Marrett relives stories of espionage, deadly crashes, and the development of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber radar. Testing Death combines the thrill of test flying with the pathos, humor, and tragedy that is the everyday life of a test pilot, showing how the Cold War was actually won in the skies above Southern California."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Marrett, George J.
Hughes Aircraft Company -- History.
Test pilots -- United States -- Biography.
Airplanes, Military -- United States -- Armament -- Testing.
Standard Number 9780275990664
ISBN 0275990664 (alk. paper)