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The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed Author John McPhee – This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship huge wingless moving slowly through the lower sky John McPhee chronicles the perhaps This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft a hybrid of The Deltoid PDF/EPUB ² the plane and the rigid airship huge wingless moving slowly through the lower sky John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors.

About the Author: John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton New Jersey and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge The Deltoid PDF/EPUB ² University His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker where he has been a staff writer since The same year he published his first book A Sense of Where You Are with FSG and soon followed with The Headmaster Oranges The P.

10 thoughts on “The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

  1. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    I remember when years ago long before I retired a guy came into the library and wanted some really obscure information on Ferris Wheels I got to talking with him and over the years we became friends He had some kind of menial job working at KFC or something but he was absolutely obsessed with Ferris Wheels and knew just about everything you can imagine about their history and how they work He was thrilled when we managed to dig up the arcane material he soughtI've always secretly admired people like that They have a singular driven purpose and interest that I lack I’m interested in many many things but rarely obsessed with one item alone at that depth so I've had a bazillion hobbiesI like John McPhee who so engagingly writes about these personalities We have William Miller a theology maven who has sunk all his money and time into the development of a bizarre little craft neither airship nor airplane; John Kukon model builder extraodinaire who had won a ridiculous number of model plane speed records one using a fuel of his own design that was so powerful it broke the world speed record and couldn't be shut off the plane flew for six miles; and how Aereon the company they built fell apart For whatever reason the obsession with airships resurfaces every few years Just read Popular Mechanics for a periodic revival of interest as a way to haul huge loads cheaply over undeveloped wilderness For Drew and Miller the interest was tinged with religious fervor but they sacrificed a great deal for their dreamWonderful story laced with history the story of Andrew Solomons parallels that in John Toland’s The Great Dirigibles McPhee always manages to take something apparently mundane and turn it into a fascinating essay about people and their relationship to the world around them

  2. Kevin Kevin says:

    If you've ever dreamed of a steampunk universe this is the book for you It tells the story of the attempt to redevelop an airship that combines an airplane and a zeppelin Also some of the history of the airship starting with the American Civil war

  3. Velma Velma says:

    I'm not sure that a reader without a modicum of technical knowledge concerning aviation a working vocabulary of aeronautics and an understanding of the rudiments of flying would enjoy this as much as I did My father is a retired aeronautical engineer a lifelong model airplane designerbuilderracer a private pilot and the the one who taught me my first word airplane and I've been flying in and fascinated by small planes my whole life with one flight lesson to my credit as well so I am predisposed to enjoy this account of the rise and fall of the idea of a radical experimental flying machine sans wings the Aereon 26But even a reader with just the barest interest in the subject matter treated upon here should be able to find something to their liking within these pages; McPhee uses words in most delightful ways as always His characterizations of the principles are particularly good in Deltoid I found it really interesting that the whole Aereon endeavor was conceived of and shepherded by a series of devout Presbyterians who saw the development of a viable dirigible freight industry as right livelihood in the service of their self imposed Christian missions They envisioned 100meter LTA shipping vessels carrying massive uantities of supplies and euipment on missionary expeditions across the globe Both Monroe Drew and William Miller the founder and subseuent president respectively were ordained Presbyterian ministers each of whom saw their work as sacred duty a vocation combining religion and aviation ordained by God Not my cup of tea to be sure but it made me wonder how many other scions and wanna be scions of industry see their businesses as being in service of and sanctioned by their God?The one big disappointment of the book after 140 pages of aeronautical theological and psychological minutia was the wrap up McPhee used literally 12 of 1 paragraph to end the story of the would be wingless aircraft That was very disappointingNevertheless a uick entertaining and interesting read; I think anyone interested in a little known backwater of aviation history would enjoy it particularly if you don't mind a fair bit of technical jargon and a goodly chunk of Christian mumbling as would fans of McPhee's inimitable proseI found the religiosity of the principles to be irritating in the whole and apparently I'm not the only one not everyone at the Aereon Corporation saw prayers at business meetings and other trappings of their pious proselytizing partners as beyond the pale Interestingly and not surprisingly it looks from a uick perusal of the Aereon Corp website that the technology they were developing in the 1950s 70s the subject of this book is not being utilized in the humanitarian way intended by the early corporate visionaries but has instead been turned to a military application Sigh

  4. Carl Zimmer Carl Zimmer says:

    A short book about the long uest to build an airship that could rival airplanes It reads like a long New Yorker feature and its style is classic McPhee with long musing uotes an amazing flashback to the glory days of the Hindenburg and the tiny state of New Jersey transformed into the most fascinating jungle of human eccentricity on Earth

  5. Artie Artie says:

    A brief but brilliant book about some aeronautical innovators whose brilliant idea didn't uite work McPhee is a master at creating compelling non fiction stories

  6. Kim Zinkowski Kim Zinkowski says:

    Who knew? As always McPhee always introduces the most compelling subjects His concluding paragraphs include mention of 1 gram flying modelsI need to google this

  7. Ushan Ushan says:

    In 1958 a Presbyterian minister from New Jersey had a vision of using dirigibles for missionary work in remote parts of the world transporting goods and people cheaply and efficiently The next year he and a retired naval aviator founded a company called AEREON honoring a 19th century American airship It built a trimaran airship the world's first rigid airship since the Zeppelins of the 1930s Unfortunately in 1966 during taxiing trials a gust of wind overturned the aircraft; the pilots jumped and the airship was wrecked; it never flew The company then had an idea of building a lifting body aircraft similar in shape to NASA's X 24 but huge and filled with helium which could lift a huge load like an airship but would be controllable like an airplane A helium less prototype did fly in 1971 but the funding for the big ship was not forthcoming When the company had spent well over a million 1960s dollars of investors' money the SEC went after it suspecting it to be an investment scam masuerading as an aviation company and forbade it to issue any stock The SEC noted that the company failed to inform the investors properly that it was switching from a triple hull to a lifting body; somehow the minister's religion did not compel him to do it Since then there have been a few attempts to build an airship where only part of the lift comes from a lighter than air gas and the rest comes from an airfoil but none achieved commercial success

  8. Tom Schulte Tom Schulte says:

    AEREON is an aircraft manufacturer specializing in uniue hybrid airships It was founded in Princeton New Jersey in 1959 and produced many models and prototypes up to 1971 The AEREON 26 and 7 are highlighted here Each was an experimental aircraft developed to investigate lifting body design with a view to using its shape to create hybrid designs part airship part conventional aircraft It was powered by a piston engine driving a pusher propeller and generated lift through the aerodynamics of its lozenge shaped fuselage without wings Although results of flight tests conducted in 1971 were promising funding for larger and semi buoyant aircraft was not forthcoming at the time largely the result of some mysterious brakes put on by the SEC The Hindenburg exploded in part because a US embargo on exporting helium to Nazi Germany forced them to use the dangerous hydrogen This put a chilling effect on lighter than error craft However those 13 passengers that unfortunately died then were the sum total of all airship passenger deaths These craft reuire a resource helium largely located in the US and take a small percentage of fuel to move forward compared to heavier than air planes let along large ships Green fueled by the USA and safe do I have something here this country could get behind?

  9. Robin Robin says:

    This was a uick easy random read that I picked up in a bar in Nicaragua It had an odd cover and it looked a bit like science fiction but claimed to be a true story so I decided to give it a readNot only does in contain a short but thorough feeling summary of airship usage in United States history and slightly abroad it also reveals astounding facts about the usage and stats of airships that once dominated the sky and makes me really really want to ride in a dirigibleThe only thing disappointing about the tale is the ending not because it was poorly written but because of how the true tale ended Have you seen any rigid airships or semi rigid airships in the air over the United States in your life other than the Goodyear Blimp? Well than you can kind of guess how the attempt to revamp the industry endedWhy it ended that way is still left as a bit of a uestionI plan to be in Jersey soon where I believe the old US Navy giant airship hangars are still standing I may have to pay them a visit if it looks worth checking out

  10. Reuben Alcatraz Reuben Alcatraz says:

    This is the first McPhee book I read and probably my favorite It concerns the research and development of a hybrid aircraft combining lighter than air technology with airfoils The sciencemath parts of the book are the typical McPhee gee whiz I didn't know this stuff could be so exciting but where this book really shines are the characterizations of the team working on the Aereon Theologians test pilots retired blimp men John McPhee will often find friendly competent and reasonably interesting characters to follow around for his books but here he has hit upon a prime stash of incredibly fascinating losers outcasts and could a beens Although it was written in the 70s the subject matter is incredibly topical as anyone who has bought a plane ticket recently can attest to

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