Dan Ford learned to fly at the age when most men are well into retirement. In this short book, he tells how it was to have a flight instructor one-third his age, to make a Sentimental Journey to the Pennsylvania airport where the Piper Cub first saw the light of day, to practice spins and aerobatic turns in a Great Lakes biplane, to fly low and slow in New Jersey, to make a leisurely tour around Lake Winnipesaukee and into his past, and to have a close encounter with the National Defense Emergency of September 11, 2001. A delightful read for anyone who ever dreamed of becoming a pilot. About 11,000 words (44 print pages).
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About the Author
Daniel Ford has spent a lifetime reading and writing about the wars of the past hundred years, from the Irish rebellion of 1916 to the counter-guerrilla operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is best known for his history of the American Volunteer Group--the 'Flying Tigers' of the Second World War--and his Vietnam novel that was filmed as Go Tell the Spartans, starring Burt Lancaster. Most recently, he has turned to the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Germany and Soviet Russia. Most of his books and many shorter pieces are available in digital editions He lives and works in New Hampshire.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I was a lad, flight lessons were eight dollars an hour, or as much money as I earned in an eight-hour day clerking at the First National store or building summer camps for tourists. So it was a very long time before I actually learned to fly, in a 1944 L-4 Piper Cub built for the Massachusetts National Guard. That started me on a wonderful adventure with Cubs, a Great Lakes aerobatic plane, and an Aviat Husky--taildraggers all! Here is the story of the planes I flew, the places I visited, and the stunts I survived. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford