Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Corky Meyer's Flight Journal: Dodging Disasters-Just in Time

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Corky Meyer's Flight Journal: Dodging Disasters-Just in Time

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Corky Meyer's Flight Journal: Dodging Disasters-Just in Time by Corwin H. Meyer. Specialty Press (http://www.specialtypress.com), 39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, Minnesota 55056, 2006, 252 pages, $27.95 (softcover).

Want excitement? Try this scenario: you are flying at 25,000 feet with another aircraft near you. You see that the other pilot has a glassy-eyed daze and that he is wearing a defective oxygen mask. In 10 minutes, his aircraft will run out of fuel and ditch in the ocean, but you can't communicate with him. What do you do?

Or do you like quick decisions at high speeds? You are a pilot who is testing aircraft dive speed. When you try to pull up, you have no control. As you pull the stick with both hands to increase altitude, the dive angle only increases. At 500 mph, you know you have under 10 seconds to live. What do you do?

If you are looking for exciting pilot stories, read Corky Meyer's Flight Journal The cases above are just two of the many emergencies Meyer faced in his 36-year career with Grumman Aircraft.

This book is autobiographical, but it focuses on technical flight evaluations of aircraft and the history of Grumman Aircraft rather than on Meyer's personal life. …

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