6. Venture Into The Stratosphere
Flying the First Jetliners
By Dominic Colvert
Morgan Jones Publishing
Post World War II air transport made its own giant leaps, in speed, range, ceiling, reliability and economy, all thanks to the turbine engines powering new pressurized jets of the era. In his fascinating work, Into The Stratosphere, Dominic Colvert, a former flight engineer on the de Havilland Comet, the first jetliner, but also a Berkeley educated engineer, Silicon Valley executive and California history scholar discusses the early days of jet powered air transport. So this memoir, while it covers the usual ground, who flew what, where and how, delivers those details with a breadth of knowledge and wry humor and insight that make it an exceptional take on a remarkable era in aviation history.