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The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

McPhee, John

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ISBN 10: 0374137811 / ISBN 13: 9780374137816
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated first printing. Green cloth spine over orange paper boards, gilt titles, orange topstain. Book very good plus with fading to boards. DJ also very plus with aging, creases to front flap. Price of $6.95 intact. 184 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 8273

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Title: The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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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 unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors

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Since the explosion of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey, energy-efficient, lighter-than-air ships have given way to gas-guzzling jet aircraft. But in the 1960s, an unusual band of inventors, engineers and investors, again in New Jersey, created the Aereon, a strange, wingless hybrid airplane/dirigible. The Aereon--the Deltoid Pumpkin Seed-- promised to be a safe workhorse of the skies, capable of carrying the payload of entire freight trains with minimal cost.

In this exquisitely crafted tale of back-to-the-drawing-board perseverance, McPhee tells the story not only of the Aereon, but of any product development team. He astutely delineates the team members' personalities and interactions, delves back in time to the origins of lighter-than-air craft and the history of propellers, and in the end, makes us wonder why this promising technology hasn't been perfected. Like Aramis: Or the Love of Technology, this is a splendid book about a potentially superior aircraft which has yet to be adopted.

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