Hard Air: Adventures from the Edge of Flying

Hard Air: Adventures from the Edge of Flying

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by W. Scott Olsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803211449

ISBN-13: 9780803211445

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


Hard Air is a book about extraordinary flying—flying under conditions that keep fighters on the carrier deck and rockets on the launch pad—a book about rescue missions and long, lonely flights to gather urgently needed information, about flights to places where no one should be flying: into hurricanes, firestorms, and deep,

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Hard Air is a book about extraordinary flying—flying under conditions that keep fighters on the carrier deck and rockets on the launch pad—a book about rescue missions and long, lonely flights to gather urgently needed information, about flights to places where no one should be flying: into hurricanes, firestorms, and deep, engine-killing cold. As a pilot himself, W. Scott Olsen brings to these tales a sense of wonder and adventure as well as a genuine, firsthand understanding of the dangers and rigors of such flying.
 
In prose that deftly conveys the grit and grace of his subjects, Olsen transports us into the air with hurricane hunters who fly into the planet’s fiercest storms, with helicopter pilots racing emergency patients to clinics, with Canadian pilots who fly supplies to the Arctic, and with heavy air tanker pilots who drop water and slurry on remote wildfires. Their stories afford a rare look into the working lives of pilots whose methods are extreme and missions are simple: get there, do the job, and get out alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803211445
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Hard Air: Adventures from the Edge of Flying 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having flown the DEW line and with the Hurricance Hunters for the USAF. I thourghly enjoed the accurate account of these high profile missions. I was in Pensacola, FL when Hurrican Ivan came ashore. Rest assured I would have been more comfortable in that C-130 than I was on the ground. My son was involved with the smoke jumper aircraft in Alaska and the authors tale coinsides with his accounts. Great book, the attention to detail makes the overall book authentic and enjoyable.