by John Ackroyd
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John Ackroyd, design engineer extraordinaire, has been a key man in a mad mix of land speed and long distance balloon record attempts, including the first supersonic land speed record.
John's book gives a fantastic insight into the frustrations, tragedies and triumphs of record breaking. He describes battles against the odds, the constraints of time and money and the often strange intervention of fate.
Project Thrust, Virgin Atlantic, Pacific and Global balloons, Earthwinds, Thrust SSC, Spirit of America, rocket motorcycle, rocket dragster, wheel-driven record breakers and water speed attempts are all here.
The personalities and places are brought to life by intimate and dramatic photographs which capture the determination and the moments of glory.
The story is told by the man who, armed with nothing more than a sharp pencil, a huge drawing board and a sense of adventure, provided solutions, innovations, design answers and real problem solving which were major contributions to the record breaking achievements on land, sea and air in the last quarter of the 20th Century.
• Out of India
• Into the Melting Pot
• Stepping Stones
• Project Thrust
• Landspeed Victory
• Rock Bottom and Back
• Out of the Blue
• Pacific Flyer
• Earthwinds Balloon
• Landspeed Revival
• Virgin Global to Hi Flyer
• Lucky Escapes
• Down in the Sahara
• Supersonic on Land
• Balloon Around the World
• Rocket Science
• Unfinished Business
• Inspiration for the Future
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