The Greatest Flying Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Seven Amazing Tales From The Skyway

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A diverse, inspiring and exciting collection on the thrills of taking flight.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...

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A diverse, inspiring and exciting collection on the thrills of taking flight.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. Not a balloon . . . not in a glider . . . but in an airplane with wings and a motor. 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, that best captures man's fascination with flight, meticulously culled from the various magazines, books, plays, and films that serve 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...(6 x 9 1/4, 352 pages)Lamar Underwood is a former editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, and the author of the novel On Dangerous Ground. He is also the editor of the Greatest War Stories Ever Told, The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told and several other books. Presently, he serves as the Editorial Director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585745128
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Greatest
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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
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