Richard Groh (Book Design) Fallbrook, CA: Aero Publishers, Inc., 1978. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 104 pages. Illustrations (some in color). Scuff inside the front cover. DJ is worn, soiled, with noticeable tears and chips. Inscribed by Terry Morgan on title page. The authors are father and son who together had logged more than 33.000 hours as captain/copilot/flight engineers in sixteen airliner types including the Boeing 707, 720, 727, and 747, Together they have authored 32 books and numerous magazine articles and photographs. Albert George Leonard ("Len") Morgan (March 23, 1922 – March 11, 2005) was an American aviator, writer, publisher, entrepreneur, photogrammetrist, and investor. Len Morgan left for Canada to volunteer for the Royal Canadian Air Force in his late teens. He, along with eleven others from the United States, earned his RCAF Wings on November 21, 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S.' entry into World War II, he transferred to the US Army Air Forces and flew in Africa and the Middle East. He continued flying for the Kentucky Air National Guard until 1949. Here is the story of one of the most widely used airliners. A truly remarkable concept featuring rear-mounted engines, twin rudders, twenty-six flaps, nosewheel brakes and a retractable tail skid, the "Three Holer" very nearly died on the drawing boards. The decision to build is still recalled as a billion dollar gamble. This is an account of that gamble, the men at Boeing who played for high stakes and the reason their winner came to be named the "727". Here also is the story of the man who formed the company which builds the 727's superb engines, Pratt & Whitney; as well as the story of Frances Pratt and Amos Whitney. The 727's first hop is recalled by the test pilots who flew it. The authors describe a routine airline trip, Also, details are given for four 727 flights where were anything but routine. Crew training - groundschool, simulator, flight checks - is covered along with the several systems each pilot and flight engineer must mast to qualify for the 727 FAA rating. Condition: Good / Fair.
Keywords: Boeing 272, Frances Pratt, Amos Whitney, Pratt and Whitney, Airplane Engines, Crew Training, Groundschool, Simulator, Flight Checks, Pilot Training, Flight Engineer, FAA Rating, Test Pilot