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Cook, Canfield

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(1899-1952) Canadian-born aviator and author, in US from early manhood (naturalized 1935), in active service with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One. He wrote almost exclusively on aviation matters, with a focus on the future of flying; he was most visible during World War Two, both for his involvement in documentaries and lectures about the war in the air, and for his Lucky Terrell Flying Stories, mostly devoted to military adventures in tales which, except for the age of the chums, fit the Airplane Boys model. The late volumes of the sequence slide into sf. The Flying Jet: A Lucky Terrell Flying Story (1945) closely anticipates jet warfare, though it wrongly predicts the use of British jets in a continued air war over Germany. In The Flying Wing: A Lucky Terrell Flying Story (1946), Lucky Terrell breaks the sound barrier in the eponymous jet-propelled experimental plane, more than a year before the first manned supersonic flight on 14 October 1947, piloted by Chuck Yeager (1923-2020); by novel's end, airlines are purchasing supersonic flying wings for commercial flights. [JC]

Haswell Canfield Cook

born Wallaceburg, Ontario: 24 October 1899

died Vancouver, British Columbia: 8 December 1952



Lucky Terrell Flying Stories (sf titles only)


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