The Greatest Flying Stories Ever Told: Nineteen Amazing Tales from the Sky (Greatest Series)

( 1 )

Overview

At 10:35 in the morning of Thursday, December 17, 1903, man got his wings. On the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright flew the motorized aircraft he and his brother Wilbur had constructed to a distance less than the length of the wingspan of today's 747 jet. They made three other flights the same day, the final lasting 59 seconds for a distance over the ground of 852 feet. The world would never be the same after that day. Mankind was finally off the ground in powered flight. And man's ...

See more details below
Paperback (First Edition)
$14.45
BN.com price
(Save 23%)$18.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (45) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $3.93   
  • Used (39) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

At 10:35 in the morning of Thursday, December 17, 1903, man got his wings. On the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright flew the motorized aircraft he and his brother Wilbur had constructed to a distance less than the length of the wingspan of today's 747 jet. They made three other flights the same day, the final lasting 59 seconds for a distance over the ground of 852 feet. The world would never be the same after that day. Mankind was finally off the ground in powered flight. And man's experiences in the air would forevermore join the literature of human endeavors, to be shared by kindred spirits as well as the curious sorts who have wanted to know, "What was it like up there?"

In THE GREATEST FLYING STORIES EVER TOLD, editor Lamar Underwood has collected some of the finest writings, both fact and realistic fiction, to lay bare the drama of human beings coping with the skills needed to direct their machines through the vastness of the skies. With contributions from: Charles Lindbergh, Ernest K. Gann, General Chuck Yeager, Leo Janos, Tom Wolfe, Mary Lovell, Richard Bach, Rinker Buck, Diane Ackerman, Derek Robinson, and more.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Another in Lyons Press's first-rate greatest stories series."—The Tampa Tribune
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284818
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Greatest Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 494,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

LAMAR UNDERWOOD is the former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life and is presently the editorial director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York. He is the author of the novel On Dangerous Ground published by Doubleday in 1989 and is the editor of several Lyons Press anthologies, including The Greatest War Stories Ever Told, The Greatest Adventure Stories Ever Told, Tales of the Mountain Men, The Quotable Soldier, The Quotable Writer and others on hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He is currently completing the anthology The Greatest Submarine Stories Ever Told, due to be published by The Lyons Press in the spring of 2004. Although not a licensed pilot, Lamar is an avid aviation buff who flies every chance he gets and reads about flying when stuck on the ground, between time spent running computer flight simulation programs and watching films, tapes and DVDs. This book stems from his deep love of flying and his firm belief that one of the greatest things about flying is that not very many people can do it-safely and with great skill. Those that can, to Lamar, are special people.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Frontispiece: High Flight vii
Introduction ix
Part 1 Toward the Unknown 1
The Spirit of St. Louis 3
Amelia Earhart and the Flight That Failed 17
West With the Night 31
The Sound Barrier 43
Orbit 57
Part 2 Pilots in Command 79
"Dooley" 81
Flight of Passage 101
Approaches 117
Stranger to the Ground 137
On Extended Wings 151
Part 3 The Wings of War 167
Winter's Morning 169
Piece of Cake 181
Black Thursday: The Second Schweinfurt Attack, October 14, 1943 197
Along the Yalu 229
Carrier Qual 241
An Airman's Letter to His Mother 273
Part 4 Sound of Impact 277
Fire & Rain 279
Am I Alive? 299
Tragedy and Escape 313
About the Editor 331
Permissions Acknowledgments 333
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Individual stories about some of our greatest pilots (and American heroes) including Chuck Yeager, Amelia Earhardt, Beryl Markham, Charles Lindbergh, etc. Very educational and extremely interesting!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

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