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Fatal Flight: The True Story of Britain's Last Great Airship Hardcover – June 1 2017

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"A fascinating story, not nearly well enough known on the American side of the Atlantic, artfully and engagingly told." G.J. Meyer New York Times bestselling author of A World Undone: The Story of the Great War 1914 to 1918 & The World Remade: America in World War I

"Why does brilliant vehicle design sometimes end in tragedy? The crash of the intended flagship of the British Empire, the magnificent dirigible R.101, is not only an absorbing human and technical story as told by Bill Hammack. It is also a vital lesson in the risks of even apparently small compromises and unforeseen hazards to big projects when confronted by the forces of nature. Impressively documented, Fatal Flight should be required reading for engineers and political leaders alike." Edward Tenner Author of international bestseller Why Things Bite Back & Our Own Devices

"A well-researched and gripping look at Britain's greatest airship disaster from a new perspective: through the eyes of a man who built, flew, and died with the ship." Dan Grossman, Airship Historian author of airships.net and coauthor of Zeppelin Hindenburg: An Illustrated History of LZ-129

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Bibliophile
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but quite a few goofs, too
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 4, 2018
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Richard Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2019
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Niall Cooney
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but very short!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2018
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Mrs. Linda Phibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting airship details.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 4, 2019
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timh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2018
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Graham.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully writen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2019
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The Flying Dutchman
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit short
Reviewed in Germany on January 31, 2019
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hansieG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you want more info on the huge R101
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2017
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1.0 out of 5 stars High number of factual errors makes book unreadable.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2018
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BWK
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical account
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
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Daniel P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, detailed, brought the world of airships alive for me in a way nothing else I've ever read has done.
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2018
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j05hua
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch and fascinating story telling
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
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Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly one of the better books about this engineering
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2019
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