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Surrounded By Thunder: The Story of Darrell Loan and the Rocketmen

Tom Williams

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ISBN 10: 0988753367 / ISBN 13: 9780988753365
Published by Inspire on Purpose Publishing, 2013
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Title: Surrounded By Thunder: The Story of Darrell ...

Publisher: Inspire on Purpose Publishing

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

Signed: Signed flat

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When Darrell Loan graduates from University of Iowa in 1957 with an aeronautical engineering degree, he has no idea his first job at the Sperry Corporation will land him a top job at NASA in the next five years.

After the successful launch of America's first satellite, NASA is formed. Darrell works side by side with Werner von Braun and other leading German engineers as the race to dominate space intensifies and the first Russian and American pilots are launched atop volatile rockets and sent into space.

During the twelve years between the launch of the Russian Sputnik and American boots on the moon, Darrell's exploits with his friends and renowned aeronautical colleagues are pushed to the limits as the golden age of space exploration rises from the launch complexes of Cape Canaveral and Cape Kennedy, Florida.

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"Tom Williams has the tale-telling talent to mix tons of factual history with a gripping style more often seen in works of pure fiction. Surrounded by Thunder is beautifully crafted. It makes the reader eager to stay glued to the page, while yearning to look skyward, as if to see first-hand the events Tom brings to life so well.” —Don Farmer, novelist, former CNN News anchor and ABC News correspondent and bureau chief "Surrounded by Thunder is a story of science-truth more exciting than any science-fiction tale. From his exhaustive interviews with one of America's pioneer rocket scientists, author Tom Williams delivers an enthralling account of how earthlings became spacemen in NASA's early days. This read is a real-life space thriller." —Chris Curle, former CNN News anchor and print journalist Darrell Loan's thrilling experiences during the dawn of the Space Age read almost like a 'Forrest Gump' adventure. An Iowa farm boy grows into a key player behind scenes we know only from history books – the first American satellite launch, the pioneering Mercury flights of Alan Shepard and John Glenn, the oft-overlooked but vital Project Gemini missions, culminating in the tragedy and ultimate triumph of Apollo. A true unsung hero, Darrell Loan witnessed history from a front-row seat, always Surrounded by Thunder.—Roger Guillemette, aerospace journalist, former Space Online producer/reporter and SPACE.com correspondent A Different Perspective ... Books about our heroes of flight, astronaut biographies and program histories are generally considered exciting and 'sexy' to readers smitten by the 'Golden Age' of aviation and space exploration.But rarely do we get a true “behind the scenes” glimpse from the perspective of those unsung heroes who actually put our guys 'up there' - both into space as well as the stratosphere of publicity and gallantry. Every astronaut, from Mercury through the Space Shuttle, has always lauded those pioneers whose scientific genius enabled them to explore. Tom Williams has done just that, giving us a glimpse and insight into one of those brilliant minds, a hugely causative factor in the space program's success. From America's first satellite, Explorer I, through Apollo and walking on another planetary body, engineer Darrell Loan had a hand in all of it.Surrounded by Thunder ventures into this new realm, a highly informative and a true 'must read' for space program aficionados. —Al Hallonquist, Aerospace Historian, Life Member - National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Flight Test Historical Foundation

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