New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1983. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #2312656
First edition. Sticker on rear jacket panel and two stickers on front jacket flap. Remainder mark.
xiii, 141 pp. "This book is the first complete chronicle of the attempts--successful and unsuccessful--of fliers and their machines to better the air speed record, from the earliest officially-recognized flight speed of 26 mph to the modern record of 2,194 mph, set by an American spy plane whose design is even now a government secret. ...He also gives an account of the FAI, the international federation that supervises and authenticates all aviation and space records, and describes the evolution of its guidelines for the setting of the Absolute World Air Speed Record."--jacket