McClinton, a scientific programmer, glider pilot, and poet, and her husband, an aeronautical engineer, do a lot of flying in their small airplane. The author combines her passion for writing (poetry is scattered throughout) with her passion for flying to create the story of their unique journey through North America in their Cessna 172-RG. McClinton divides the book into five parts, each devoted to a region they covered: "Eastern Shore to Key West," "Island Hopping in the Caribbean," "Nova Scotia and New England," "Coast to Coast," and "Alaska Bound." McClinton describes their flights through the various regions but digresses frequently, as in snippets about Chuck Yeager and Glenn Curtiss. Consequently, the book may have some appeal to those interested in flying, but nonfliers will find little to hold their interest. A qualified recommendation for public libraries.--George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Combining poetry, prose and pictures, Sandra McClinton recounts her and her husband's remarkable journey in an old four-seater Cessna 172-RG flying over tropical locales and craggy Alaskan passes, to meet aviators who had shaped
aviation history. The account of the McClinton's journey through North and South America is one of flying across America, the wilds of Canada and Alaska, island-hopping the Caribbean islands, learning about extraordinary people like Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, and others who pioneered the way for modern aviators. Lyrical Aviators: Traveling America's Airways In A Small Plane is fun, informative, engaging reading for students of aviation history, flying enthusiasts, and armchair adventurers from first page to last.