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Sonic Wind: The Story Of John Paul Stapp And How A Renegade Doctor Became The Fastest Man On Earth

The untold story of an eccentric, scientific visionary whose death-defying research has saved millions of lives.

Sixty years ago, cars and airplanes were still deathtraps waiting to happen. Today, both are safer than ever, thanks in part to one pioneering air force doctor's research on seatbelts and ejection seats. The exploits of John Paul Stapp (1910" 1999) come to thrilling life in this biography of a Renaissance man who was once blasted" faster than a .45 caliber bullet" across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sled, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. The experiment put him on the cover of Time magazine and allowed his swashbuckling team to gather the data needed to revolutionize automobile and aircraft design. But Stapp didn't stop there. From the legendary high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the ferocious battles for car safety legislation, Craig Ryan's book is as much a history of America's transition into the Jet Age as it is a biography of the man who got us there safely.

8 pages of illustrations

Liveright

Liveright

Craig Ryan

Craig Ryan

No of Pages
432
Publisher
Liveright
ISBN-13
9780871406774
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Book Format
Hardcover
Published Date
Aug 17, 2015

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About Craig Ryan

Craig Ryan is the author of acclaimed books on extreme adventure and scientific discovery in the stratosphere as well as the coproducer of the documentary film The Angry Sky. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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