From the first flight of the U-2 to the flashing speed of the famous SR-71 Blackbird, Supersonic Thunder is a portrait of the jet as it comes of age.
August, 1955. Test pilot and engineer Vance Shannon stands at the beginning of an era of unprecedented development in military and commercial aviation. As the ever-changing industry begins to speed beyond Vance's grasp, he turns to his two sons, Tom and Harry, to keep the family business on the cutting edge.
But the stress of trying to stay ahead of the curve is destroying the family and fueling a long-hidden rivalry between the two brothers. The Shannons’ story is set against the backdrop of an astonishing era in history. From the luxury of the Boeing 747 to the abject despair of a cell in the Hanoi Hilton, Supersonic Thunder tells the real story of an amazing chapter of jet aviation through the eyes of the men and women who lived and died to make it a part of our everyday life.
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“A first-rate story of the jet age from our foremost aviation writer.”—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Disciple“The aviation history and tech talk are sparkling.”—Publishers Weekly“Boyne packs the novel with historically accurate detail. Aviation fans will gulp this one down in one long, satisfied swallow.”—Booklist on Roaring Thunder: A Novel of the Jet Age
WALTER J. BOYNE is the former director of the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Boyne's books have made both the fiction and the nonfiction bestseller lists of the New York Times. His novels Roaring Thunder and Supersonic Thunder cover the first forty-four years of jet aviation. His critically acclaimed nonfiction book, Dawn Over Kitty Hawk, recounts the story of the Wright Brothers. A retired Air Force Colonel, Boyne was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame class of 2007.
Walter J. Boyne