Air Vagabonds: Oceans, Airmen, and a Quest for Adventure [NOOK Book]

Overview

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of pilots—ferry pilots—willing to fly thousands of planes to clients in every corner of the globe. Long-range solo flying is not for everyone, and ...
See more details below
Air Vagabonds: Oceans, Airmen, and a Quest for Adventure

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

Available for Pre-Order
This item will be available on February 3, 2015.
NOOK Book (eBook)
$16.49
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$29.95 List Price

Overview

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of pilots—ferry pilots—willing to fly thousands of planes to clients in every corner of the globe. Long-range solo flying is not for everyone, and it attracted a cast of eccentric, unforgettable mavericks who flew from one misadventure to the next, battling storms, desert winds, aircraft malfunctions, primitive navigational aids, loneliness, chemical imbalances, and dangerous Third World politics. Some carried on international scams and love affairs, some were lost at sea, some imprisoned by African despots. They’re all here, described with humor and high drama by one of their own, a survivor with phenomenal recall, a knack for distinguishing character from bluster, and a great ear for dialogue and aviation lore.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588344656
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312

Meet the Author

An international aircraft ferry pilot from 1974-1995, Anthony J. Vallone was in the industry from the beginning of light aircraft manufacturing.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xi
Introduction xiii
1 Encounter with Fate 1
2 The Call of Adventure 10
3 Earning My Wings ... across the Pacific 19
4 The Route to Singapore 35
5 Teaching the Ropes 53
6 The North Atlantic 65
7 Land of the Midnight Sun 79
8 A Ship without a Rudder 97
9 Into the Revolution 113
10 A Strange Coincidence 132
11 The Making of a Guru 145
12 An Albatross to the Far East 160
13 Escape 184
14 The Dark Continent 199
15 Adrift in the Kingdom 220
16 The Boom Years 238
17 Farewell from the Hereafter 260
18 Merchants of Counterinsurgency 272
19 Return to the Fold 286
Read More Show Less

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)