From the engine built by a bicycle shop employee of Wilbur and Orville Wright to the engines of the Bell X-1 that powered pilot Chuck Yeager and Glamorous Glennis through the sound barrier, aircraft power plants have played critical roles in furthering aviation technology. The invention of superchargers for piston engines and jet propulsion were important breakthroughs during World War II and beyond. FULL POWER is an illustrated history of aircraft engines, their inventors, and the airplanes they powered.
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