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Fifty Years Of Flying Fun

Author : Rod Dean
ISBN : 9781909808270
Genre : History
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Fifty Years of Flying Fun covers, in a roughly chronological order, over fifty continuous years of flying. This ranges from joining the RAF in 1962, through his intriguing first operational tour on Hunters in Aden, the early days of the Jaguar in Germany and, finally in the RAF, an almost outrageous two years flying the Jaguar and Hunter with the Sultan of OmanÕs Air Force. His subsequent civil flying has been exclusively in the General Aviation and flying display fields as a flying instructor and well known display pilot, including being involved in many varied and interesting display-related episodes. With in excess of 7,000 flying hours on 59 different types Ð and only one aircraft (Spencer FlackÕs Mustang) with a working autopilot Ð Rod gives a clear, and largely humorous, insight into the operation of a cross section of piston and jet engine vintage aircraft and his undoubted fifty years of fun since the first solo on 19 March 1963. Fifty Years of Flying Fun is not just a book for the aviation enthusiast, but for anyone wanting to learn about any aspect of flying history through the memoir of a man who lived through it all.
Category: History

Forever Vigilant

Author : Graham Pitchfork
ISBN : 9781910690789
Genre : History
File Size : 32.74 MB
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208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this unique distinction whilst still part of the RAF’s current order of battle. To celebrate this achievement, Air Commodore Pitchfork has compiled a chronological history of the squadron’s main activities and personnel with the aim of illustrating the spirit, comradeship, and professionalism of the squadron. Taking its title from the squadron’s motto, ‘Vigilant’, the book starts with the formation of Naval 8 as a scout squadron on the Western Front during the First World War. It then continues through the various conflicts that Naval 8/208 Squadron has played a key role in, including the Second World War and Gulf War. The squadron’s move to Egypt in the inter-war years as an army cooperation squadron, which inspired the Gizah Sphinx motif for 208 Squadron, is also covered. Its modern-day role as an advanced flying training squadron concludes the squadron’s story. This history has been written with the use of important sources from the squadron’s archives, along with interviews from veterans and current members of the squadron. It also has the support of the squadron’s Old Comrade’s Association, which was pioneered and fostered by its first CO, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Geoffrey Bromet. The association is very active and one of the longest serving and strongest associations within the RAF.
Category: History

Fifty Years Fly By

Author : Randy Lippincott
ISBN : 9781490782447
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Fifty Years Fly By is the concluding book in the Adventure Trilogy by Randy; former Green Beret, 7th Army Parachute Team Member, Alaskan Bush Pilot, and Surgical Physician Assistant. He began flying at 16 on the farm and learned mountain aviation in Utah. While in Alaska Lippincott took a four-year hiatus from orthopedic surgery and piloted 5,000 grueling hours in the Bush, where the company cut off was 50 below zero! These are the riveting actual accounts collected over a half century of how a boy from Nebraska found his way to the wilds of Alaska. It is a story of daring and excitement that began on a grass field in the Midwest where the basics of the stick and rudder were ingrained in a young man. They are stories of hard work, perseverance, experimentation, and stretching the boundaries, which in the end add up to the journey of a lifetime. This volume describes the family flying stories that started it all; however, it is also the timeless story of a father and son who celebrated aviation together. Randy tells about the fearless trials he suffered while earning a position for the most severe on-the-job training in North America in the harsh and extreme winter environment north of the Arctic Circle during the winter of 1989. The stress of being an Alaskan Bush Pilot is recounted in vivid detail along with the daily struggles of an Air Taxi Pilot. I was an aviator of the enduring purple twilightan allure that holds me in its grip to this day.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Piedmont Hangar Tales Stories From Fifty Years Of Aviation In Central North Carolina

Author : Charles Causey
ISBN : 9781483494630
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A native of rural Guilford County, North Carolina, Charles Causey has been involved in the aviation field most of his life as a pilot, aircraft mechanic, and aircraft parts manufacturer. He was just thirteen years old when he learned to fly and seventeen years old when he earned his private pilot certification. During those many years in the business, most days proved to be mundane and routine. Some days, however, held excitement and challenges. In Piedmont Hangar Tales, Causey shares a collection of stories from his experiences working in the aviation industry. Some of the narratives are humorous, some are family stories, some are almost unbelievable (but actually happened), and some are historical. Though he grew up on the farm, he didn’t make his living by farming.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

50 Years Of The U 2

Author : Chris Pocock
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114571339
Genre : History
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When the U-2 first took off in 1955, no one involved in its top-secret project dreamt that this unique reconnaissance aircraft would still be flying today. The long story of the Dragon Lady is amazing, and complex; this book tells it all, in unprecedented detail, from the early days overflying the Soviet Union under CIA sponsorship, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and on to the Vietnam War. The epic missions over Communist China were flown by nationalist pilots from Taiwan. How the U-2 was improved, enlarged and put back into production - twice. It led the real-time recce revolution with data links and high-tech sensors. Then it played a key role in Desert Storm, over Bosnia and Kosovo, and most recently over Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the CIA's own historian, Chris Pocock is the foremost authority on the U-2. To write this book, he flew in the aircraft, conducted 250 interviews, and analysed more than 1,000 declassified documents. AUTHOR:
Category: History

The Fun Of It

Author : E. B. White
ISBN : 9780307432230
Genre : Literary Collections
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William Shawn once called The Talk of the Town the soul of the magazine. The section began in the first issue, in 1925. But it wasn't until a couple of years later, when E. B. White and James Thurber arrived, that the Talk of the Town story became what it is today: a precise piece of journalism that always gets the story and has a little fun along the way. The Fun of It is the first anthology of Talk pieces that spans the magazine's life. Edited by Lillian Ross, the longtime Talk reporter and New Yorker staff writer, the book brings together pieces by the section's most original writers. Only in a collection of Talk stories will you find E. B. White visiting a potter's field; James Thurber following Gertrude Stein at Brentano's; Geoffrey Hellman with Cole Porter at the Waldorf Towers; A. J. Liebling on a book tour with Albert Camus; Maeve Brennan ventriloquizing the long-winded lady; John Updike navigating the passageways of midtown; Calvin Trillin marching on Washington in 1963; Jacqueline Onassis chatting with Cornell Capa; Ian Frazier at the Monster Truck and Mud Bog Fall Nationals; John McPhee in virgin forest; Mark Singer with sixth-graders adopting Hudson River striped bass; Adam Gopnik in Flatbush visiting the ìgrandest theatre devoted exclusively to the movies; Hendrik Hertzberg pinning down a Sulzberger on how the Times got colorized; George Plimpton on the tennis court with Boris Yeltsin; and Lillian Ross reporting good little stories for more than forty-five years. They and dozens of other Talk contributors provide an entertaining tour of the most famous section of the most famous magazine in the world.
Category: Literary Collections

The Fabulous Flight Of The Three Musketeers

Author : Gene Nora Jessen
ISBN : 1439231516
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"The Fabulous Flight of the Three Musketeers" is a memoir based upon the development and introduction of a newly-designed airplane. Trading upon the airplane's name, Beech Aircraft Corp. devised in 1962 a 3-airplane, 90-day, 48-state introductory tour - which unintentionally became an extended service test. One hundred photos document the travels, and the author, who was one of the pilots (always flying in a dress and high heels), describes the escapades surrounding the unproven aircraft. Technical information for design improvements during the journey is included for pilot readers, while clear explanations of the challenges satisfy the curious non-pilot. The Three Musketeers tour nearly fifty years ago is a story of adventure, technology, travelogue, history and human challenge - including a surprising insight into the vast advances in aviation within the past half century. Most of all it's great fun.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Flight International

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105117594478
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics

A Gift Of Wings

Author : Richard Bach
ISBN : 9780307824349
Genre : Transportation
File Size : 39.28 MB
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Once in a generation a book, a vision, a writer, capture the imagination and emotions of millions. Jonathan Livingston Seagull was such a book. Richard Bach's unique vision again shines forth, touching with magic the drama of life in all its limitless horizons. Once again Richard Bach has written a masterpiece to help you touch that part of your home that is the sky.
Category: Transportation