The Sky-Crasher

The Sky-Crasher

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by L. Ron Hubbard

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They don’t call him Caution Jones for nothing. An ace pilot, ever since his barnstorming father was killed in an air stunt, Jones has stuck strictly to business—as the no-nonsense general manager of Trans-Continental Airlines. But, like Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper, he’s about to find that, sometimes, if you want to get anywhere, you


They don’t call him Caution Jones for nothing. An ace pilot, ever since his barnstorming father was killed in an air stunt, Jones has stuck strictly to business—as the no-nonsense general manager of Trans-Continental Airlines. But, like Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper, he’s about to find that, sometimes, if you want to get anywhere, you have to throw caution to the wind.

The race is on for a monster contract: the U.S. Postal Service. But to get it, Trans-Continental will have to circle the globe and beat its top competitor to the prize. And there’s only one pilot with the skill to do it: Caution Jones. He’ll have to dust off his wings and soar to heights even his father never dreamed of.

The wild blue yonder has never been wilder as Jones discovers that the competition will go to any length to bring his plane down. But an even greater challenge sits in his own cockpit—his co-pilot. She’s blonde, she’s brazen, and she just might get Caution Jones to take the biggest risk of all. . . .

L. Ron Hubbard, the pilot, was a sensation in his flying days. As an article in the July 1934 issue of The Pilot magazine said: “Wherever two or three pilots are gathered together around the Nation’s Capital, whether it be a Congressional hearing, or just in the back of some hangar, you’ll probably hear the name of Ron Hubbard mentioned . . . for the flaming haired pilot hit the city like a tornado a few years ago and made women scream and strong men weep by his aerial antics. He just dared the ground to come up and hit him.” And straight from the cockpit to the typewriter, Hubbard brought all the thrills and chills of his flight experience to his stories.

Includes the aviation adventure Boomerang Bomber, in which a former U.S. Army officer undertakes a mission for the Chinese only to end up in the crosshairs of Japan’s Imperial military. In a world of double- and triple-crosses, this is one conflict that can only be settled in battle . . . in the sky.

“Wild adventure.” —The Midwest Book Review

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Library Journal
Aging gunfighters, fancy flyers, noble officers, and rowdy rebels can all be found in Galaxy Press's latest four entries in its "Stories of the Golden Age" series, also available in trade paperback. Despite the titles' distinct differences, all are rife with action and adventure and laced with melodramatic overtones. All except Hostage to Death include additional stories besides the title feature. While each delivers its own slice of genre fiction dredged up from the pulp magazine in which it was published, together they represent an impressive and stylistically similar whole. From the musical introduction to the final credits, these full-cast, sound effects-laden productions will engage listeners of all ages, particularly fans of old-time radio, Westerns, genre fiction, action and adventure, and full-cast performances. [More info at—Ed.]—Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA
From the Publisher

Hubbard was a first-rate pulp writer…He could go up against any of these giants [Hammett, Max Brand, J.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L’Amour]. And while most pulpsters worked in multiple genres, I don’t know of any who covered the full spectrum of pulp categories more ambitiously than Hubbard.
—Locus Magazine

The Sky Crasher is a wild adventure about embarking on a round-the-world flight back when making the claim was so great an achievement that the attempts attracted a criminal element. Also, present are the stories Boomerang Bomber and a preview of Hurtling Wings. – James A. Cox, Mid West Book Review

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Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
Historical Fiction Short Stories Collection
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Age Range:
11 Years

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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The Sky-Crasher (Large Print 16pt) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Great Adventure In The Clouds.” Caution Jones is just that, cautious. His dad was killed doing stunts in airplanes, and Caution Jones wants nothing to do with them. Besides, stunts do nothing for aviation. Even though the girl he’s crazy about, Pam Craig, loves stunt flying. Then comes a government offer for the best airlines to take over a job delivering mail around the world. Being the manager of Trans-Continental Airlines, he knows their company could use the million-dollar contact. He also knows that United States Airlines will sabotage their efforts, and won’t take the chance. But the owner gets in a heated argument with Mercer, the boss of United States Airlines, and accepts the deal. Now it’s up to Caution and Pam to make good. This story was originally published in the January 1936 issue of FIVE-NOVELS Monthly. A second story, Boomerang Bomber is also included in the book, and features Clint Regen, an ex American Army pilot trying to get a bomber to China. The ship is stopped in Japan, and the crates containing the aircraft is unloaded, and confiscated by Japan, and Clint thrown in jail for smuggling arms to Japan’s enemy. A professor named Alan Simpson tells the Japanese that the only way they will ever assemble the plane is to bring their prisoner to the airfield, and let him assemble it for them. Of course, Simpson is more than he appears, and the two escape in the assembled airplane. Both stories are a lot of fun, and an easy read. Highly recommended to aviation fans, and lovers of good story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U even got Hitler on the cover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*limps in* Is the medicine cat here? I got a thorn in my pad. Dewstar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just there its no trap. Green first result the other winterkit is a fraud
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a prophecy: "All shall unite. None shall fight. One shall die. And one shall lose their star." Starclans words. ~Jade
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