The Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead


By (author) William Arthur Waterton


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  • Publisher: GRUB STREET
  • Format: Hardback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 30mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908117273
  • ISBN 13: 9781908117274
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 213,181

Product description

Written in 1956 but still relevant and throught-provoking today, this book is an absolute revelation on test flying with the British aircraft organisations and manufacturers in the 1950s. Written with refreshing frankness and truth - which allegedly finally cost him his job at the "Daily Express" - this account details what really went on behind the scenes in the defence world. Waterton pulls no punches in recounting the non-cooperation of civil servants in improving/altering recognised faults (often minor) when developing aircraft - to the cost of lives lost. This is an astonishing insight into the workings of the British aircraft industry.

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