Controlled Crash

Controlled Crash

by Eldon Brown


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Pilots like to say that every safe landing is really just a controlled crash. In his witty and entertaining memoir, Eldon Brown shares thoughtful recollections from his colorful and sometimes bumpy ride through a thirty-five year aviation career that spanned several airlines and countries.

Brown takes others up, up and away into a parade of humorous and challenging experiences as he relives his lively days working as a sales representative for Braniff Airways and later as a cargo manager for both Japan and Northwest Airlines. As Brown managed mundane daily responsibilities, he also dealt with many unusual duties such as making special flight arrangements for eels, tuna, ostriches, pro football players, and a drunken bear all while managing distracting passengers like a tipsy bigwig, a possible hijacker, and the kind of guest that bought a one-way ticket and never left the plane-cockroaches.

Through hilarious moments that included a Japanese striptease, mortician parties, and Dallas Cowboys aloft-Brown leaves no stone unturned as he provides a fascinating glimpse into what really goes on before, during, and after a plane ride in the friendly blue skies.

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ISBN-13: 9781440160301
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/29/2009
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The author has obviously spent many hours on airplanes and his experience with many airlines is priceless. I particularly enjoyed his comments on Japan, the Japanese and Japan Airlines especially as Japan Airlines is now officially bankrupt. What a shame. Too bad officials at that airline did not have Brown's book which might have served as a guide to put more balance in their marketing. His brief comments on ethics were also appreciated. I think that too often we overlook the illegal shortcuts that are taken when selling to governments. Brown has a very humorous style and uses it with satire very skillfully. I am hoping that he writes more, perhaps a novel. I like his style