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Wings for the World
Wings for the World II
Wings for the World III
A Test Pilot's Life


An Autobiography by W.D. Thompson

This is the story of how Charles Lindberg's epoch-making flight from New York to Paris flight in 1927 inspired a young 7 year old boy to develop a consuming interest in aviation from the helmet and goggle days of the 1930s to the wartime mentality of the 1940s, and finally, the corporate and personal aviation style of the next five decades.

Forerunners of this book are the author's CESSNA WINGS FOR THE WORLD-The Single-Engine Development Story and a second CESSNA book with the subtitle Development of the 300 Series Twins and Miscellaneous Prototypes. As Manager of Flight Test and Aerodynamics for most of his 28 years at the Pawnee Division of the Cessna Aircraft Company the author's Cessna career is described effectively in those two books. Therefore, those technical details will not be repeated in this book. Instead, this treatise will describe the progression of a bedazzled school boy to an engineer, flight instructor, test pilot, aerodynamicists, preliminary design engineer, technical consultant, expert witness for lawsuits, and finally an aviation author.

This 6" x 9" soft cover book contains 144 pages and 46 photographs.

$15.00 plus S/H.

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