From his teens to his 90's,
William F. "Bill" Milliken has played a pioneering role in the key
technical achievements of the American Century €” the development
of airplanes and automobiles for maximum stability and
Inspired as a teenager by
Lindbergh's epic flight, Milliken designed, built and flew his own
airplane by age 22. Graduating from MIT, he entered an aircraft
industry gearing up for war. A daring airman himself, Milliken
worked at great personal risk to push the B-17 bomber's operating
ceiling above the flak, and to prove the B-29 airworthy. After the
war, at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratories (CAL), Milliken
spearheaded a fundamental change in how aircraft are
Ever ready for adventure,
automobile racing became Milliken's major hobby. As a guiding force
of the infant Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), competition led
Milliken to recognize the applicability of his aeronautical
research to the automobile's safety and performance.
The new discipline of vehicle
dynamics €” Milliken's second fundamental contribution to human
transportation €” has earned him the highest engineering honors. At
95, major auto racing teams still seek his consultation. His
technical texts are required reading for today's automotive
engineers and students.
The sign for Milliken's Corner
along the old Watkins Glen Grand Prix course alerts drivers to slow
down, but even today, Bill steps on it. The only thing he is
certain will happen is that he'll learn something.
Softcover, 8 1/8
in. x 10 1/2 in.
Over 700 b&w
illustrations and charts
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