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Pegasus, The Heart of the Harrier: The History and Development of the World's First Operational Vertical Take-off and Landing Jet Engine [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Dow
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The conception of the Pegasus engine in 1957 upset all the conventions of aircraft design. It was previously usual for aircraft designers to seek a suitable engine, but this was an engine that sought an aircraft. The aircraft that
resulted was the famous Harrier that is still in front-line service with air forces around the world including the RAF and US Marine Corps. This book takes an in-depth look at the engine's original design concept, initial production and flight testing. It then goes on to explain how the developments and improvements have been made over the ensuing years and includes experiences of operational combat flying, both from land and sea.

The book is written in a non technical style that makes comfortable reading for all enthusiasts and historians and is copiously illustrated with many previously unseen photographs and diagrams.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Andrew Dow worked in the aviation industry for Bristol Siddeley and then Rolls-Royce between 1962 and 1991. He was on the Pegasus team from 1975 to 1991. He was witness to, and participant in, many of the events related in this book. He lives in Newton-on-Ouse, York.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 69215 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 543 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pen and Sword Aviation (20. August 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant combination of history and technology 4. September 2014
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This book was an enjoiable read. I combines the political / historical background with the technical evolution of the Pegasus engine and it only practical use in the Harrier jump jet (apart from the prototype-only VAK-191 and Do-31).
What the author provides is not one of the superficial history books, but he goes into technical detail.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Pegasus detailed in facts and technique 16. November 2014
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This book can be simply described as "All that you wanted to know about the RR Pegasus".
It is a book that required a huge and wide research work indeed on the Hawker/BAE, RR and Bristol archives and generally speaking it is also a wonderful journey through the long and troubled history of the V/STOL flight.
Author Andrew Dow (known as George to all his RR's colleagues) worked for Bristol and then for Rolls Royce for near 30 years and this stands out clearly from the rich and detailed story of the people involved in the remarkable feat of design, develop and produce one of the most revolutionary engines in the aviation history.
His vision "from the inside" produced an authoritative and surely competent work but also a very readable one.
All the intricacies connected with the development of this remarkable engine (the one that made possible the only real operational and successful V/STOL combat aircraft in the form of the HARRIER and its derivatives AV-8B and SEA HARRIER) are told by Mr. Dow in a fact packed and dynamic history.
From the text it clearly appears that the secret for the HARRIER and PEGASUS success was an extremely competent and integrated team of well determined people, both in the Bristol/Rolls Royce team and the Hawker/BAE one.
The text illustrates the fascinating genesis of the engine from the cumbersome and odd "Gyroptere" project of Marcel Wibault that contained the seeds of the PEGASUS to the masterpiece of ingenuity designed by "the perfect team" represented by the two talented designers John Fozard (Hawker Siddeley) and Stanley George Hooker (Bristol and then Rolls Royce).
The Author then details the fascinating story of the "American HARRIER", since the P.1127 days to the definitive HARRIER both in the AV-8A and second generation AV-8B forms.
The B&W illustrations and drawings clearly illustrate all the details of this revolutionary engine, well integrating a truly "must have" book for all aviation enthusiast interested in the modern aviation. Strongly recommended
5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely OUTSTANDING effort on this engine - there's stuff in here for both the layman and the retired engineer!! 1. Januar 2013
Von john - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an outstanding effort written about, in my opinion, what is clearly the most unique turbine engine ever developed for an aircraft. John Farley is absolutely correct: The "heart" of any aircraft lies in its engine; the Pegasus is the absolute "King" of this concept! Without it, the Harrier, with it's unique performance parameters and abilities (such as "viffing" as an aerial maneuver), would not have existed. Without the brain-storming efforts of such visionaries as Fozard and Hooker, et al', this magnificant engine/airframe combination would never have come into existance - especially when it did! Imagine the outcome of the Falkland Islands War without the Sea Harrier?! An excellent book - bar none!! Simply magnificent...!!
5.0 von 5 Sternen this is a great book that deals with its engine 17. August 2014
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If you are interested in the Harrier, this is a great book that deals with its engine. Nice background and story on its development. I wish I had bought the paper copy however. I am not a fan of Kindle in PC. It has many shortcomings.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Technical subject full of history 8. Februar 2010
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Most books with titles like this will put ordinary readers to sleep. This one is different. It contains all of the relevant details of the technical history but it also includes the history of the rationale for a concept and many anecdotal srories about the business and personal relationships in this international program.
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