The title says it all, yet is doesn't even begin to describe how informative and interesting this book by Boone Guyton, Vought's chief Corsair test pilot during World War Two really is.
Whistling Death: The test pilot's story of the F-4U Corsair.
Guyton relates what it was like trying to find out just what this aircraft was capable of without losing it due to the then-unknown phenomena that affected aircraft as they approached supersonic speed. Spins, high-speed dives, and other criteria that the Navy demanded that new aircraft be tested on several times nearly proved fatal for Guyton because this new aircraft was just so much faster than anything that had been put through these tests before.
Guyton also writes in detail about the design changes between various Corsair variants and the reasons for them, often the result of hard lessons learned by combat pilots trying to use this wonderful new tool against the Japanese.
As a bonus, you get a personal picture of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, who became a friend of Guyton's as he was given virtual carte-blanche by the government to show up and fly most any military aircraft whenever he wanted.
It's a fantastic book that I got a year or two ago and I just re-read it a second time and found it to be as enjoyable as it was the first time. If you like history, high-performance aircraft, engineering or flying stories, then you should probably get a copy of this book.