Wild Blue: Stories of Survival from Air and Space

Wild Blue: Stories of Survival from Air and Space

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by David Fisher, William Garvey, Clint Willis
     
 

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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

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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.

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Library Journal
This collection of 16 excerpts from writings about manned flight includes well-known works by Saint-Exup ry, Michael Collins, Martin Amis, Tom Wolfe, and Charles Lindbergh as well as lesser-known pieces such as a first-person account by a 14-year old pilot who flew across the United States in a Piper Cub. Most have to do with surviving a dramatic test or ordeal of some kind. Roald Dahl flew against German bombers in the battle of Malta; William Rankin ejected from his jet and fell through a thunderstorm. Others, like William Lishman on hang gliding with birds, lean more toward the mystical or spiritual side of flying. Many libraries will already have some of the books from which these pieces were excerpted, but this collection does bring together shorter and less-taxing introductions to the authors. Recommended for public libraries where demand exists.--Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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ISBN-13:
9781840184037
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.