Winds Aloft: A Pilot's Diary

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May 6th, 1937
It is not without some degree of humility, I confess the following. At about the same moment I was beginning life's journey from a military hospital at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, a great disaster was in the making. Thousands of miles away, the giant German dirigible Hindenburg was making its approach for a landing in Lakehurst New Jersey. There are several versions of what happened next
While descending toward the mooring station, ...
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May 6th, 1937
It is not without some degree of humility, I confess the following. At about the same moment I was beginning life's journey from a military hospital at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, a great disaster was in the making. Thousands of miles away, the giant German dirigible Hindenburg was making its approach for a landing in Lakehurst New Jersey. There are several versions of what happened next
While descending toward the mooring station, for reasons that are still unclear today, the mighty zeppelin burst into flames and was completely consumed in 34 seconds. Thirty-seven people died in the disaster. The giant dirigible was full of 70 million cubic feet of hydrogen and as such was an explosion waiting to happen. What set it off is still not known for sure (some say a bolt of lightning).
One thing is for sure, though; I had nothing to do with it.
It never occured to me while my life was whizzing by that some of the events and activities of my life would make good stories. I suppose most people think the breakdown of the day to day activities of their individual lives would really not interest most people. When I started relating some of these stories to friends and relatives they expressed great interest and mentioned that I should put it all down on paper and write a book. So that is what I have done here.
This is not a novel, nor is it a diary in the pure sense of the word. Instead it is a chronological collection of what I consider to be interesting stories emanating from a flying career. All the stories are true and have an element of humour involved. All should appeal to the general public and especially to flying enthusiasts.
Flying out of Berlin, Germany up and down the three corridors through Communist East Germany and behind the Iron Curtain in the East Bloc countries was especially interesting and sometimes a little hair-raising.
Putting together all these stories was more fun than work, especially with the assistance of these wonderful computers. Getting the book out to the public was the big challenge.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781412034531
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/19/2004
  • Pages: 344

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Charles R. (Chick) Williams retired from airline flying after thirty-one years with the airlines and eleven years with the U.S. Air Force. Before entering the military at age 19, Williams grew up as an " Army brat" living in many different locales. In addition to traveling all over the continental U.S., Williams lived in Kunsan, Korea and West Germany while growing up.

Williams' father was an Army officer who served in the European theatre for the duration of WWII. After the war his assignments to far off places made for some interesting travels for the Williams family, and a few laughs.

Right after high school, Williams joined the Air Force and eventually attended OCS (Officer Candidate School), where he received his commission as a second lieutenant; then on to pilot training. After six years of flying in the air force, Williams joined Pan AM World Airways. Fifteen years of his Pan Am experiences were spent flying out of their remote base in West Berlin, Germany where many of his stories occurred. As Pan Am continued to falter economically, Delta Airlines bought out their North Atlantic routes and the East Coast shuttle, and Williams transferred to Delta airlines where he remained until retirement at age sixty.

After retirement and to the present, Williams continues to instruct in the Boeing 727 in Miami, Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    life and laughter

    You will read many delighful stories of his life history. An excellent story teller. Pilot, or non-pilot, you will be pleased to have this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    very entertaining and funny to the point of loud laughter

    Share in the life of author CR Williams and join him on his adventures... from his childhood accross many military assignments of his father, be it Oklahoma, Germany or Korea; through his carreer as pilot on two major airlines, with some exiting stories of his airforce flying in between. Makes for relaxing and entertaining reading at the end of a busy day to disconnect from the daily perils and peek into the author's wonderful life experiences. He makes you believe it all really happened... some of which would be really scary if it did, particularly in commercial airline cockpits... but find out for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    Aviators

    Delighted and fun to read. Great reading for you seasoned aviators and a must read for those youngsters, who may have dreams of getting into the flying game.

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