High-Speed Dreams: NASA and the Technopolitics of Supersonic Transportation, 1945-1999 - New Series in NASA History (Paperback)Erik M. Conway (author)
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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
A concise and thoroughly fascinating history of the train wreck that was the U.S. supersonic civil transport programs. * Air and Space Magazine *
A readable narrative on the interplay between politics, technology, and economics. * Airways *
Conway seems to have struck the right balance between the nuts-and-bolts of aircraft design and discussion of larger issues, particularly state support for advanced technology... An original and valuable contribution to the saga of a dream deferred. -- Virginia P. Dawson * Technology and Culture *
Conway does an excellent job of explaining the nationalism inherent in supersonic transport during the Cold War and the domestic American politics surrounding the project. -- Stephen G. Craft * Isis *
A serious academic work... likely to interest historians and those interested in aerospace research. * Satellite Evolution Group *
Comprehensive and enjoyable... A cautionary tale of half-baked federal technology and economic policies high-jacking public funds for a concept aircraft that was an engineering boondoggle, a financial black hole and an environmental fiend. -- Thomas Yates * History and Technology *
[Conway's] examination of the development of supersonic aviation and the various SST programs provides a fascinating internal look at how the technology developed, while also connecting that development with the issue of the larger meaning of technology in society. -- Andrew Baird * Journal of American History *
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