Sonic Wind - The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth-logo

Sonic Wind - The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth

Craig Ryan

Sixty years ago, cars and airplanes were still deathtraps waiting to happen. Today, both are safer than ever, thanks in part to one pioneering air force doctor's research on seatbelts and ejection seats. The exploits of John Paul Stapp (1910-1999) come to thrilling life in this biography of a Renaissance man who was once blasted-faster than a .45 caliber bullet-across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sled, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. The experiment put him on the cover of Time magazine and allowed his swashbuckling team to gather the data needed to revolutionize automobile and aircraft design. But Stapp didn't stop there. From the legendary high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the ferocious battles for car safety legislation, Craig Ryan's book is as much a history of America's transition into the Jet Age as it is a biography of the man who got us there safely. From the Hardcover edition.

Sixty years ago, cars and airplanes were still deathtraps waiting to happen. Today, both are safer than ever, thanks in part to one pioneering air force doctor's research on seatbelts and ejection seats. The exploits of John Paul Stapp (1910-1999) come to thrilling life in this biography of a Renaissance man who was once blasted-faster than a .45 caliber bullet-across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sled, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. The experiment put him on the cover of Time magazine and allowed his swashbuckling team to gather the data needed to revolutionize automobile and aircraft design. But Stapp didn't stop there. From the legendary high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the ferocious battles for car safety legislation, Craig Ryan's book is as much a history of America's transition into the Jet Age as it is a biography of the man who got us there safely. From the Hardcover edition.
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Sixty years ago, cars and airplanes were still deathtraps waiting to happen. Today, both are safer than ever, thanks in part to one pioneering air force doctor's research on seatbelts and ejection seats. The exploits of John Paul Stapp (1910-1999) come to thrilling life in this biography of a Renaissance man who was once blasted-faster than a .45 caliber bullet-across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sled, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. The experiment put him on the cover of Time magazine and allowed his swashbuckling team to gather the data needed to revolutionize automobile and aircraft design. But Stapp didn't stop there. From the legendary high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the ferocious battles for car safety legislation, Craig Ryan's book is as much a history of America's transition into the Jet Age as it is a biography of the man who got us there safely. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christopher Grove

Length:

15h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:20


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:53


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:40


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:49


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:05


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:36


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:22


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:15


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:11


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:30


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:35


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:17


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:37


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:40


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:59


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:24


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:37


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:04


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:19


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:13


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:21


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:57


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:34


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:29


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:05


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:43


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:59


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:27


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

09:19


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:20


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:06


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:36


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

00:38