Sky Birds Dare!

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When it comes to flying gliders, ace pilot Breeze Callaghan is as smooth as they come. He perfects a skill that will prove vitally important for decades to come—even into the jet age, as demonstrated by Captain Sully Sullenberger, who famously landed his disabled passenger plane on the Hudson River.

Sully’s jet was brought down by a flock of geese, while Breeze is going up against a vulture named Badger O’Dowell. Both pilots are vying for a Navy contract, and Badger would love ...

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Overview


When it comes to flying gliders, ace pilot Breeze Callaghan is as smooth as they come. He perfects a skill that will prove vitally important for decades to come—even into the jet age, as demonstrated by Captain Sully Sullenberger, who famously landed his disabled passenger plane on the Hudson River.

Sully’s jet was brought down by a flock of geese, while Breeze is going up against a vulture named Badger O’Dowell. Both pilots are vying for a Navy contract, and Badger would love to shoot the Breeze . . . literally. Short of that he’ll do everything he can to sabotage Breeze in flight.

It’s game on, and as Breeze is about to discover, Badger’s an expert at playing dirty. And there’s much more than money at stake: there’s his reputation, his life, and his love of a beautiful woman. A storm is brewing, and as for danger, the sky’s the limit when Sky Birds Dare!

During his undergraduate days, L. Ron Hubbard served as the president of the George Washington Glider Club. He held numerous records for sustained powerless flight and was renowned for his wild aerial antics that, according to an eyewitness, “made women scream and strong men weep.” In short, there wasn’t a single flying feat in Sky Birds Dare! that Hubbard himself hadn’t dared to do on his own.

"Highly recommended for aviation action/adventure pulp fiction fans." —Midwest Book Review

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"Broken wings, strong winds, and eye-popping storms are the audio backdrop to the seamless performances." —Audio File Magazine
 

"Highly recommended for aviation action/adventure pulp fiction fan." —Midwest Book Review

“Featuring full casts plus a narrator and heaps of sound effects, these programs burst to life on audio. The sound effects especially propel the action in a way that print can’t match. Hubbard (1911–86) researched the technical aspects of his subjects (planes, ships, weapons, etc.), lending an authentic feel to his descriptions. The brevity of the stories also keeps them moving briskly. Overall, these are three solid additions to the ongoing series, which will be enjoyed by fans of pulp writing and old-time action, adventure, and romance. Pure fun and you can’t beat the price—grab ’em!” —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123001
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 128
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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Sky Birds Dare!

Breeze Callahan came into the hangar. He saw two things in the gloom, each one representing an entirely different emotion.

One was his soaring ship, ready for the trial flights.

The other was Badger O’Dowell.

Breeze Callahan swung six feet of brawn into action behind two sets of ferocity-hardened knuckles.

Badger O’Dowell had not been expecting this. He heard the rush of feet behind him. He heard a snarl which reminded him of a mother bear about to protect a foolish cub. And then Badger O’Dowell took off backwards, catapulted by the impact of meeting. Badger O’Dowell did a neat outside loop and then crashed.

For a man built on the proportions of a stuffed sausage, Badger O’Dowell moved very quickly. Dust swirled and he was on his feet. His two protruding eyes searched for the door. When he had oriented himself sufficiently and had directed his footsteps in that direction, Badger O’Dowell discovered too late that Breeze Callahan had all the skyway in that direction.

It was all very unfortunate for Badger O’Dowell. He tried to stop his rush before Breeze Callahan misconstrued his intention, but he could not.

It appeared to the lank tower of shivering, awe-inspiring rage that Badger was charging back to the fray.

Breeze Callahan was very obliging. He set himself. He let go one from the knees and did a spot landing on Badger’s chin. Badger completed a wingless soaring record, skidded to a stop in the corner of the hangar and screamed.

“Don’t hit me! For God’s sake don’t hit me!”

But Breeze wasn’t a man to enquire deeply into things when his new soaring plane was in question, and he suspected, with very great reason, that Badger O’Dowell had been discovered in the act of sabotage. Breeze advanced and Badger screamed.

Breeze snatched at O’Dowell’s collar, and then it became apparent that he had walked into a trap. A six-inch spanner soared up out of the dust, came down and laid open the side of Callahan’s face.

Breeze staggered, spouting blood and nerve-shaking oaths. Badger O’Dowell threw the spanner away, leaped to his feet and sprinted for the exit.

Callahan cleared the red film from his eyes. Everything was suddenly zero-zero to him, and he had no beam to guide a blind pilot. He heard a motor snarl into life. He heard gears clash. He heard Badger O’Dowell leave there at about seventy miles an hour.

Which was just as well.

Breeze swabbed his face with some dirty cotton waste, and his curses simmered down to ineffectual “Dirty so-and-so, lousy bum, good-for-nothing . . .”

Another silhouette appeared in the hangar door. “Hey, what’s going on in here?” said Pop Donegan. “I thought I heard . . . Hell, you’re all cut up, Breeze. What happened?”

“That little sawed-off, mangy . . . That guy Badger O’Dowell was in here fooling with the Chinook.”

Pop Donegan looked up at Breeze. Everybody had to look up at Breeze, and almost anybody had a good chance of looking through him.

Pop Donegan was all concern for the soaring plane, but he smiled—he always smiled—and said optimistically, “Well, he didn’t have time to do anything, no matter how much he wanted to.”

“Is that so,” said Breeze. “Don’t stand there looking helpless. Get busy and inspect the thing. My God, the wings are torn off and he’s kicked holes in the fuselage, and he’s jimmied the controls. . . .”

This was not altogether true, and Breeze was not exactly qualified to pass upon it, as he could not see through the blood which kept coming out of the cut. But he was very certain that these things had happened, and anybody who knew Badger O’Dowell, and who knew just why he hated Breeze Callahan, would have agreed with Breeze without further remark.

Pop Donegan looked at the soaring ship, with his hands in his pockets. To inspect it thoroughly a man would have to crawl under it and somehow—because of rheumatism, Pop said—he never crawled under anything that looked like work. Pop shifted a healthy chew, spat so that a small geyser leaped out of the dust, and cocked his head on one side.

“She looks all right, Breeze. Perfectly all right.”

By this time Breeze had gotten to a water faucet and had thrust his head into the tub beneath, and by buckling his helmet tight, he managed to keep his sight clear. He rambled over to the Chinook and began to run practiced fingers over the sleek wings and frail body of the motorless plane.

After a little he was satisfied that Badger O’Dowell had done nothing wrong. Breeze stood up straight, lighted a cigarette and leaned on the cockpit.
 
“Have they come yet?”

“Patty came a little while ago. She’s trying to start the tow car for you. Oh, don’t you worry, Breeze. They’ll be along directly. We’ve waited and worked for months over this thing, and they won’t stay away now. And we can’t fail this time. No sir, we can’t fail. Why with you at the Chinook’s controls, them Navy fellers will see that a soaring plane can do things a power plane never thought of doing, and then we’ll be all set.”

“Hmph,” said Breeze, dragging smoke into his lungs. “I haven’t had her off for a week and there’s plenty of wind today. I wish they’d get here. I’m nervous.”

“Now you just calm yourself, Breeze. They can’t help but think that this is the finest thing which has happened in the way of training. I’m willing to bet you . . .”

Voices came from outside. Breeze stood up straight and rambled toward the door.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Sky bird rules

    Wile in camp please be nice, and kind to others)) Leaders: Leaders are the head of your bird race, when the leader is in the camp of your kind the leader has a badge like this, Essix []Leader[], the ader is picked by Essix the leader if the Falcons she picks the best leader for your kind, if the leader isnt on for more than a week then its realected, unless its noted in advance that yiu will be gone for that day/s, Deputys: Deputy is the second in command, the deputy is alected by the Leader the leader picks the best bird to be deputy, no complaining! Deputy also has a badge like this, Essix {}Deputy{} wile in camp, warriors have badges like this, Essix||Warrior|| wile in camp. QUESTIONS: Do i wear the badge at a meeting? ANSWER: Yes but its diffrent you have to do it like this, Essix[[Leader[] of Falcons, Essix {}Deputy{} of Falcons, Essix ||Warrior|| of falcons, QUESTION: What happens when leader dies? ANSWER: Deputy takes place and realects deputy, QUESTION: The leader is mean wut do i do? ANSWER: Come talk to me i will probly be watching camps so be aware! QUESTION: Deputy is mean wut do i do? ANSWER: Same thing as leader, QUESTION: can we fight?, ANSWER: your camp is like the boarder so if a diffrent bird comes in challenge them in reason, QUESTION: when are meetings? ANSWER: Sat, 7:00 central, QUESTION: Any more questions ask me. +++++++++++++++++++++++ Essix []Leader[] of falcons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    ~¿Wings of Frost¿~ ~¿Prologue--By Krazy¿~

    Wind thrust its horrible current through the treetops. The nightmarish whistles and screams of the wind and terrified jays filled the lightning struck sky. A small jay fighting against the wind was smacked into a tree, unconcious. Another, a broad she-bird was making her way to a burrow. A small egg was cradled in her wing. Finally she dove into the shelter of the abandoned rabbit burrow and flew outside to find he mate in the horrible winds. But deep down in the burrow, she had not known, was the dwelling of a crippled chick-mother swallow. Having betyer senses than the air-fliers above, she could smell the egg-scent. The swallow brought the egg to the depths of the burrow just before a tree fell over the entrance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    This was an historical fiction story that put you into the era w

    This was an historical fiction story that put you into the era where it took real courage to move aviation forward. Imagine flying a glider plane before the technology was perfected like it is today. This story captures the excitement and raw courage of the era. A real treasure, most enjoyable with an unexpected ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Hi eagleclan read this!

    How do i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    TALONSTAR TO ALL EAGLECLAN

    we're moving to ECC! C u there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Kit

    "I-I cant f-find my family." He wimpered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Tailapin

    C c cloud? I thought u were my mate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Birdsong and kits

    Tje kits open their eyes, one by one. Foxkit stands up. He stumbles over to Flameflower. He reaches up and bats playfully at her paw, but Birdsong pulls him back. Not now, little one, she whispers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Starclan-the full prophecy

    The flaming flower shall ignite
    The clan of eagles will join the fight
    The singing bird will fight the dark
    And the streaming star will leave a mark

    The silver gaze shall turn the tide
    The reddish fur shall avenge those who died
    Eagles shall swiftly ride
    And the dark cats will run and hide

    But all eagles should beware
    Of something evil lurking there
    Someone here will join the dark
    And a death will make a mark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Flintshard

    Hello?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Flameflower

    She snarls, bristling. "Talonstar, go to the forest!!! I'll be right behind you!" She exclaims urgently.~{Flameflower}~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    THIS CLAN SUCKS

    THERE ARE CATS TRYIG TO JOIN AND YOU COMPLETELY IGNORE THEM THIS CLAN SUCKS STAR CLAN BALLS
    BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOUR CLAN STRONGER BUT ITS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE I THIS ONE BOOO BOOOO BOOOOOOO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Cloud

    No im the other cloud dont rp at cannop i rp here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Silverleaf

    Wraps her tail around shadowkit moonkit and lilykit and sighs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Honeypaw

    Hello. I am a pretty she cat i just became the medicine cat apprentice of my old clan but it broke out. Can i join here as a medicine cat apprentice. I dont know much so i need some help from your medicine cat. Can i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Maplefur

    May i join? Im a she cat with maple colored fur im a full-trained warrior and willing to join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Bluefur and kits

    A silver she cat walks in with two kits. One is a tom and the other is a she. Both are ready to be apprentices"hello may we join?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    C

    Hey! That last part sounds like me. We need to find the others.


    *Silversight*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Sheeka

    Unsure she padded in with three tiny kits. "This is Talik Nala and Seer. Talik is a tom. And Nala and Seer are ske kits." She said sitting next to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Can i join

    A gold shecat says my names littefoot i need a mate

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