Discover the mysterious, controversial, and sometimes downright eerie history of flights that didn't end as planned.
The history of aviation is full of accounts of history's most spectacular flights. But what about the ones from which someone failed to return?
- A celebrated millionairewho also happened to be the world's foremost aviatorlifted off in a small plane one clear morning in 2007 and disappeared.- The glamorous son of a beloved fallen president took off on a hazy summer night in 1999 and plunged himself and two others into the Atlantic Ocean.- A US Navy blimp landed one Sunday morning in 1942 in the middle of a city street in California with no one aboard.
Some of these "non-returns" occurred because of errors in judgment; others were intentional, and some resulted from causes still unknown. Get the full, meticulous account of the fascinating people involved in these flights, the mistakes they made, and the ways in which their "flight of no return" affected the world. Pilot and aviation writer Steven A. Ruffin covers the entire 230-year span of manned flight in all types of aircraft through war and peace. Balloons, blimps, biplanes, jets, and spaceships have all suffered mishaps over the years.
Don't miss the mystery, adventure, intrigue, and a sprinkling of the supernatural and extraterrestrial in Flights of No Return.
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About the Author
Steven A. Ruffin is an aviation writer and pilot with a lifelong interest in the history of flight. He served for four years as managing editor of the World War I aviation journal Over the Front and is an eight-time winner of the League of World War I Aviation Historians' Hooper Award for writing and editorial excellence. In 2005, Steve published his first book, Aviation's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Winged Wonders, Lucky Landings, and Other Aerial Oddities, later distributed internationally under the title Top Fun.
Steve has been a licensed pilot since 1972 and has owned and flown both vintage and experimental aircraft. He is a longtimemember of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and after serving in the US military for 24 years, he retired in 2003 as a colonel in the US Air Force. He currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Prologue: First To Fall 10
Section I When Luck Runs Out
Chapter 1 A Deadly Sunday Drive 21
Chapter 2 Disappearance Of the Midnight Ghosts 30
Chapter 3 The Spark That Ended an Era 42
Chapter 4 Lady Lindy's Flight to Eternity 53
Chapter 5 The Bandleader's Last Gig 67
Section II Lapses in Judgment
Chapter 6 The Night Camelot Ended 79
Chapter 7 The Death of a Butterfly 89
Chapter 8 The Day the Baron Flew Too Low 102
Chapter 9 A Madman's Journey to Nowhere 114
Chapter 10 The Congressmen Who Vanished 126
Section III Criminal and Other Politically Incorrect Behavior
Chapter 11 Mad Flight To Oblivion 137
Chapter 12 The Crime of the Century 148
Chapter 13 When The Skies Rained Terror 158
Chapter 14 Gone With The Wind 168
Chapter 15 A Plane That Fell in the Mountains 178
Section IV Into the Twilight Zone
Chapter 16 A Haunting Distraction 189
Chapter 17 Lost Lady of the Desert 196
Chapter 18 The Ghost Blimp of Daly City 210
Chapter 19 Fatal Rendezvous with A UFO 223
Chapter 20 The Curious Case of Flight 19 232
Epilogue: But Not Last 243
Bibliographical References 248
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Great book for everyone to read. Steve spent over 5 years researching and writing it. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down!