Fly Low Fly Fast: Inside the Reno Air Races [NOOK Book]

Overview

This first-ever insider foray into the world's fastest and most dangerous aviation sport is as thrilling as Ernest Gann's classic Fate Is the Hunter or Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff

In Fly Low, Fly Fast, Robert Gandt takes us into the high-risk world of airplane racing, chronicling the 1997 and 1998 championships at the Reno Air Races, attended every year by more than 100,000 spectators and featured on scores of web sites. Flying wingtip to ...
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Fly Low Fly Fast: Inside the Reno Air Races

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Overview

This first-ever insider foray into the world's fastest and most dangerous aviation sport is as thrilling as Ernest Gann's classic Fate Is the Hunter or Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff

In Fly Low, Fly Fast, Robert Gandt takes us into the high-risk world of airplane racing, chronicling the 1997 and 1998 championships at the Reno Air Races, attended every year by more than 100,000 spectators and featured on scores of web sites. Flying wingtip to wingtip around pylons at 500 mph, just feet above the sagebrush, Reno's killing machines are piloted by an adrenaline-addicted, type-A elite whose big talent and big egos spawn a hundred stories. With the same vivid reportage of his Bogeys and Bandits --"about as close as you can get (to the cockpit) without arming the ejection seat," said the San Diego Union-Tribune--Gandt traces the history of this exhilarating but often deadly sport. He follows the evolution of competition planes from the 1930s custom exotics to today's big, throaty warbirds like the Mustang and Bearcat, still the fastest piston-engine planes ever built. Gandt also looks at the evolution of the pilots from famous laconic old-time air cowboys to the younger, slicker hot shots, the jet-fighter-trained "top guns."

Fly Low, Fly Fast ignites with fierce rivalries, the struggles to keep the vintage warbirds flying, the heart-stopping drama of the races themselves...with winners, losers, close calls, spectacular crashes, and glorious victories. It's a book for aviation buffs, armchair adventurers and anyone fascinated by the passions that drive men and women to test their limits--and risk their lives--in the quest for speed.
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Editorial Reviews

Air & Space - Stephan Wilkinson
Gandt understands not only airplanes but the people who fly them.
Pacific Flyer - Wayman Dunlap
If you want a rip-roaring, eyeball-flattening, G-pulling ride around the pylons in the hottest pure race planes ever built, reading this book is as close as you will ever get.
Aviation Week and Space Technology - David North
The 1997-98 Unlimited Championships at Reno--the world of cool pilots with hot airplanes--is described in vivid, heart-racing detail. If you haven't been to Reno, read this book and you'll want to go.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013231184
  • Publisher: Robert Gandt
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 430,749
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Gandt is a former naval officer and aviator, an international airline captain, and a prolific military and aviation writer. He is the author of thirteen books, including the novels The Killing Sky and Black Star Rising and the definitive work on modern naval aviation, Bogeys and Bandits. His screen credits include the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold. He and his wife, Anne, live with their airplanes in Spruce Creek, a flying community in Daytona Beach, Florida. You may visit his website at www.gandt.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2001

    Hey flyboy...here's some light reading!

    If you ever stopped your car on the way home from work to watch the crop dusters spraying the fields....you need to read this book! If you look up everytime you hear the mezmerizing whirl of an aircraft engine over head....you need to read this book! If you ever took a date to the airport thinking that she would enjoy walking around the tarmack peering into the cockpits of parked aircraft....you need to read this book!! If you've ever been to the Reno Championship Air Races.....Well...that should be self explanitory! The roar of those 4,000 hp Merlins shake your body to the bone...'AHHH life in the fast lane....what would that be like?' Every kid from 5 - 70 has dreamt about it. Comanding the controls of a 500 mile per hour Performance racing aircraft...pulling a line so close to the pylons that you can see your reflection in the pylon judges sun glasses as he gives you the thumbs up! An Unlimited Race pilot....This book straps you in for the ride. I highly recomend the likes of it's pages to any aviation buff that feels the need for speed! (Attatched is a picture of my 1,800 shp turbine powered clipped wing Cessna 150 commuter - sure to win next years gold trophy unlimited race - okay, I'll keep dreamin'!!!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2000

    Fly Low, Read Fast

    Even if you're not an aviation buff, you'll like this readable, well-done account of the fastest, most exhilerating mostorsport on Earth. The author does an outstanding job of uncoverng the human side of the sport, never losing sight of the essential fact that the planes are what make the Reno races what they are. Highly, highly recom

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