Published in 1995
by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Published in 1996
by Ballantine Books
Published in 2001
by Random House

An aircraft industry insider told Michael about a near-crash mid-air event that was never reported in the media. Within the industry, however, questions arose about whether the incident was caused by design flaws in the aircraft itself. Airframe recounts a fictional version of the incident, how the company carefully investigated it, and how the media covered the entire episode.

"They weigh half a million pounds, fly a third of the way around the world, and they carry passengers in greater comfort and safety than any vehicle in the history of mankind."

"The huge, partially assembled widebody jets gleamed under halogen lights. Fifteen aircraft in various stages of construction were arranged in two long rows under the mile-long vaulted roof."

"We call this the bird farm," Casey said. "The planes're so big, it's hard to get a sense of the scale. You don't see many people here, right?"
"No, not many."
"Actually, there's five thousand people in this building right now."

Industry reviewers were impressed with the detailed knowledge conveyed by the book. Some were even able to figure out that Michael had done a lot of his research at the Douglas facility at Long Beach (later taken over by Boeing.)

Airframe was actually reassuring to travelers, because it detailed how extraordinarily well these aircraft are made. But many of the mainstream media reviewers said the book would scare you, demonstrating clearly that they hadn't read it.

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