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The Speed Seekers by Thomas G. Foxworth

This is a book about aeroplanes and speed-the lure of lat vitesse pure, its challenge and mystique-but primarily it is a book about the men who were inspired by speed's insistent call. 

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The Speed Seekers documents a technological growth, together with its myriad sources, which fostered results in terms of increasing speed unequaled in any similar time span up until the birth of the jet age. During the turbulent inter-war years the world speed record became very much a matter of national prestige and the air races to that period are still remembered with reverence today. The simultaneous events in France, the Untied States, Great Britain, and Italy are related with equal perception and the classic speedplanes of all four nations-together with the men who hared their destiny-are celebrated in this definitive volume. With its unique tables of aircraft and engine performance data complementing scrupulously researched text, this extensively illustrated book is a magnificent chronicle of one of aviation's brightest eras.