CIVIL AIRCRAFT OF THE WORLD
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|Book cover finish||Hardcover ( square back binding )|
|Special features||Missing dust jacket|
|Number of pages||178|
|Size||15 x 22 x 1 cm|
|Editor||IAN ALLAN LTD|
For more than a quarter-century after World War II it seemed as if familiar types of piston-engined aircraft would not only go on flying for ever but would always outnumber the jets that had been designed to replace them. No matter how many jet-age transports were sold, airports still handled thousands of DC-3s, DC-4s, DC-6s, IL-14s, Convair-liners and Constellations.
(…) Big news at the time the last edition was published was the crisis resulting from a huge increase in fuel prices, the effect of which was still unpredictable. It threatened such forced economies that the authors felt bound to comment, almost apologetically, that "the Concorde is still included" despite its fuel-thirsty engines. The wide-bodied, turbofan-powered Boeing 747, DC-10, TriStar and A.300 Airbus have established themselves as the pacemakers at subsonic speeds, recording unprecedented standards of safety, quietness, cleanliness and economy. They have been joined by the new IL-86, first Soviet wide-bodied passenger jet. Like the TriStar and Boeing 747, the IL-86 may eventually attain high standards of performance through the installation of Rolls-Royce R B.211 engines.
Could there be something significant in the fact that the finest airliners built in America and Russia will then share the same power plant, made in Europe ? It is symbolic of aerospace industry collaboration and interdependence for peaceful progress, from which the politicians might learn much.
John William Ransom Taylor O.B.E., Hon. D.Eng., F.R.Ae.S., F.R.Hist.S., A.F.I.A.A. ( June 8th, 1922 - December 12th, 1999 ) was educated at Ely Cathedral Choir School ( King's School, Ely ) and Soham Grammar School ( both in Cambridgeshire, England ).
He trained as a draughtsman and joined Hawker Aircraft in 1941. There he worked on the development of the Hurricane fighter and its successors. His specialisation was rectifying design defects.
He joined Jane's as editorial assistant on Jane's All the World's Aircraft in 1955 and four years later he took over as editor. Until the late 1960's he edited this volume with virtually no editorial support but his love of aviation was such that this was a challenge he enjoyed.
He retired as editor in 1989, just as the Iron Curtain obscuring the Soviet Bloc's technology started to lift. John W.R. Taylor, who lived to the age of 77, was a master of a parallel art to Kremlinology, he could deduce the performance of Soviet military equipment from blurred photographs.
( source : Wikipedia )