Paperback(Revised ed.)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801878190
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 05/06/2004
Series: American Land Classics
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907-2002) was born in Düsseldorf in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1929 after studying at the London School of Economics. He earned a master's degree in economics from Columbia University and proceeded to the University of Chicago as a doctoral candidate and research assistant in political science. He worked as a test pilot as well as a writer and editor, contributing to numerous publications including Life and the Saturday Evening Post. Drake Hokanson is an author, photographer, pilot, and assistant professor of mass communications at Winona State University. Carol Kratz is an author, editor, pilot, educator, and physician assistant. William Langewiesche is a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and the author of four books, including American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center.

Table of Contents

A Life in the Air: Wolfgang Langewiesche, 1907-2002xvii
Chapter 1Aerial Beachcomber1
Chapter 2The Mysterious Factor X8
Chapter 3Dead Reckoning25
Chapter 4A Living in the Air38
Chapter 5Knapsack of Salvation61
Chapter 6First Time in Earnest75
Chapter 7Flying Team81
Chapter 8Pilot's-eye View91
Chapter 9Neurosis in Miniature102
Chapter 10The Poor Man's Airplane115
Chapter 11You Must Beware of Hatteras128
Chapter 12Key West with Lady146
Chapter 13Adventure in the Forest160
Chapter 14My Kind of Flying178
Chapter 15American Air193

What People are Saying About This

Bob Buck

Here Wolfgang Langeweische, master of aviation writing, reminds us of flying's wonders: learning, seeing, feeling and the joys that are still there, despite today's complications. A book for all pilots to read.

Peirce Lewis

A joyous, wonderful book. Beginning with his own visceral passion for flying, Wolfgang Langewiesche leads the lay reader effortlessly into the arcane world of the pilot—first as he learns to fly, then as he learns to look. The writing is unobtrusively elegant, and the book is a page-turner of the first order. Langewiesche looks at flying in all sorts of ways: as a skill, painfully to be learned on the antique crates of the post-Wright Brothers years, as an art to be mastered, as an experience in psychology and emotion—and as a new way of looking at the earth.

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