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The Problem with Pilots

How Physicians, Engineers, and Airpower Enthusiasts Redefined Flight

As aircraft flew higher, faster, and farther in the early days of flight, pilots were exposed as vulnerable, inefficient, and dangerous. They asphyxiated or got the bends at high altitudes; they fainted during high-G maneuvers; they spiraled to the ground after encountering clouds or fog. Their capacity to commit fatal errors seemed boundless. The Problem with Pilots tells the story of how, in the years between the world wars, physicians and engineers sought new ways to address these difficulties and bridge the widening gap between human and machine performance.

A former Air Force pilot, Timothy P. Schultz delves into archival sources to understand the evolution of the pilot–aircraft relationship. As aviation technology evolved and enthusiasts looked for ways to advance its military uses, pilots ceded hands-on control to sophisticated instrument-based control. By the early 1940s, pilots were sometimes evicted from aircraft in order to expand the potential of airpower—a phenomenon much more common in today's era of high-tech (and often unmanned) aircraft.

Connecting historical developments to modern flight, this study provides an original view of how scientists and engineers brought together technological, medical, and human elements to transform the pilot's role. The Problem with Pilots does away with the illusion of pilot supremacy and yields new insights into our ever-changing relationship with intelligent machines.

About the Author

Timothy P. Schultz is the Naval War College's associate dean for electives and research.

Reviewss

"This book does what any good history book should do — introduce new ideas, new ways of looking at old ideas, and it pushes its field (aviation history) in new directions, opening new doors for further study and generating interesting new questions. Highly recommended."

- GoodReads

Endorsementss

"In a highly original and dynamic contribution, Schultz reveals the complex interplay between biology, technology, scientific research, and military necessity that transformed the airman–aircraft relationship and redefined flight."

- Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, author of Air Power: A Global History

"Pilots and their magnificent flying machines are the stuff of legend. In this fascinating book, Timothy Schultz brings his combined background as an aviator and historian to explore the actual history of pilots, our concepts of them, how they are trained, and what they do. It is a story of not just the technology, but the humans wrestling with amazing change."

- P. W. Singer, New America, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

"An original and lucid contribution to our understanding of the evolution of that crucial and unruly core of aviation technology: the pilot. Schultz's account is an indispensable link between human, remote, and autonomous aviation in the past, present, and future."

- David Mindell, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, author of Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight

"What Schultz has done, comprehensively, yet engagingly, is to tell the stories behind key milestones in a way that brings them to life. He shines a light on the human element, specifically the humanity behind the legends of Air Force history, while simultaneously placing them in the larger historical context visible now with the benefit of hindsight... It is an important contribution to the public discourse around the future of flight, the future of military aviation, and the future of the US Air Force. The Problem With Pilots is a rewarding read and will be of wide interest to all USAF leaders of today and tomorrow— aspiring military and civilian pilots, flight surgeons, aeronautical engineers, and aviation historians."

- Lt Col Kari Thyne, PhD, USAF, Retired - Air University

"The Problem with Pilots is a worthy addition to the scholarship on how aviation evolved during the first half of the twentieth century and its influence on the decades that followed. It benefits from thorough archival and published primary source documentation."

- Jeremy R. Kinney, Aeronautics Department, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Isis

"Schultz is writing for two separate audiences: fellow historians of technology as well as mid-career military officers who represent the rising generation of top commanders and policymakers. This may seem a tall order, but the author's diverse background—retired military pilot, Ph.D. in History of Technology, former Commandant and Dean of the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies—allows him to bridge this gap... Schultz provides readers with both the historical case studies and the theoretical tools to clearly demonstrate what too few policymakers seem to fully grasp: there is no such thing as technological determinism."

- Alan D. Meyer, Auburn University - Technology and Culture

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