Chapter 8The Value of Information

Information about a product or a system that is being developed is usually valuable. When Ronnie Harker, a Royal Air Force test pilot, flew an early version of the North American P-51 Mustang in 1942, he realized that its mediocre performance at high altitudes was due to an underpowered engine, and that using a different engine (the more powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin 61) would significantly improve the fighter. His suggestion, when adopted, allowed the Allies to deploy the P-51 (shown in Figure 8.1) as a long-range daytime escort over Europe during World War II, which increased the effectiveness of their strategic bombing campaign against the German industrial sector (Kennedy, 2013).

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Figure 8.1 Four US Army Air Force North American P-51 Mustang fighters.

(Photo credit: United States Army Air Force.)

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