Wild Blue: Stories of Survival from Air and Spaceby David Fisher, William Garvey, Clint Willis
Wild Blue collects the most gripping accounts of what some would call the greatest achievement of the century: controlled flight. Charles Lindbergh takes readers wing-walking in a barnstorming biplane; Ernest K. Gann describes the nocturnal spell of copiloting a DC-2 at night, broken by the unexpected terror of ice on its wings; a young ace named Chuck Yeager shatters the sound barrier and then loses consciousness in a violently tumbling rocket-plane. From the soaring to the harrowing, from flying a Piper Cub over the Rockies at the age of 14 to a nighttime carrier approach with an anxious, rusty lieutenant, Wild Blue puts readers right in the cockpit.
- Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
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- 6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)
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This title should grace the shelves of every aviation buffs library. Strap yourself into the left seat and be prepared to experience some of aviations great triumphs and tragedies. I especialy liked the account of one Vietnam air-strike told from the veiwpoint of the foreward strike coordinator, as well as the experience of the WWII Spitfire pilot who, while manuvering with twelve other aircraft, found himself in the midst of a dog fight with 300 luftwafe fighters! Both pilots displayed true acts of herism and courage. As a felow pilot, I have a great deal of respect for all aviators past and present. We wouldn't be where we are today, and have what we have without them. This book offers the rest of us a glimps into aviation history as veiwed through the eyes of a few of these magnificent men.