" So Gene Manion begins Flying on the Edge, a book that is guaranteed to keep readers engrossed from start to finish.
Author: Gene Manion
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
"It was while lurking behind a tree early one freezing winter's morning in 1961, taking a bead with a 30.06 on the doorsill of my former partner, with my crew scrambling to steal back the plane he had stolen from us, that I began to seriously question whether becoming a bush pilot in Newfoundland had been, after all, a good idea." So Gene Manion begins Flying on the Edge, a book that is guaranteed to keep readers engrossed from start to finish.
I figured this was as good as it would ever get and was happy to take what I could
; at least Julia would occasionally fly with me. Shortly after this our flying trip
around the edge of America began. It not only reached, but it exceeded all our ...
Author: David Millett
Publisher: David Millett Publications
Written in an interlaced diary format, the stories of pilot Millett and intrepid passenger and companion Buss, this volume shares the modern-day adventure of touring the country in a self-piloted private airplane.
20 Years of Front-Line and Display Flying in the Cold War Era Tony Doyle.
seaters were easier to keep serviceable than the two-seaters, the answer was to
start using them more. They had gone over some of our past figures and worked
Author: Tony Doyle
Publisher: Pen and Sword
This is the autobiography of an outstanding fighter pilot during his twenty year career with the Royal Air Force. Tony Doyle first flew when in the CCF where he complted a glider course and then a highly-prized Flying Scholarship. This opened the way to joining the RAF and becoming an all-weather tactical fighter pilot flying de Havilland Vampires and Gloster Meteors. At this he excelled and was posted as a flying instructor and then Staff Instructor. This was the age when the Jet Provost was the standard training aircraft. During 1962 he was selected to fly with the newly formed Red Pelicans aerobatic display team and honed his skills as a display pilot. Tony moved to RAF Valley as the new Folland Gnat was being introduced in the training role. This diminutive aircraft was somewhat of a breakthrough and after ironing out several design problems it proved a superb aircraft, being fast and agile. The general public were eager to see this new RAF addition and Tony became its display pilot, flying at open days throughout the UK and Europe. In 1964 Tony converted to the English Electric Lightning, Britains one and only supersonic fighter, with a top speed in excess of Mach 2 and a ceiling of 50,000 feet. He was posted to Treble One Squadron at Wattisham in October 1964 as part of the Quick Reaction Alert force against potential Russian bomber attacks. Once again he became the Lightnings chosen low-level display pilot and demonstrated it at the 1965 Paris Air Show. Shortly after this he was forced to eject over the North Cornish coast after an engine explosion cause the loss of elevator control. This fascinating account of front-line and display flying goes into considerable detail of the aerodynamic qualities of the types flown, their dangers and advantages. There are many life-threatening incidents and successes that will educate anyone who is interested in flying at the very edge.
Foreword From time to time in the world of flight, a flying machine is produced
that has no commercial or military purpose. The 1903 Wright Flyer was such a
machine. Indeed, many of the early flying machines were crafted just to
investigate an ...
Author: Milton O. Thompson
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
In At the Edge of Space, Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve test pilots (Neil Armstrong, Joe Engle, Scott Crossfield, and the author among them) chosen for the program. Thompson has translated a highly technical subject into readable accounts of each pilot's participation, including many heroic and humorous anecdotes and highlighting the pilots' careers after the program ended in 1968.
Municipal governments were beginning to consider if it was possible that a flying
field for the adventuresome out on the edge oftown could someday become an
airport. There were even rumors that the carriage ofpassengers by airplane on ...
Author: Henry R. Lehrer
Publisher: Purdue University Press
With air travel a regular part of daily life in North America, we tend to take the infrastructure that makes it possible for granted. However, the systems, regulations, and technologies of civil aviation are in fact the product of decades of experimentation and political negotiation, much of it connected to the development of the airmail as the first commercially sustainable use of airplanes. From the lighted airways of the 1920s through the radio navigation system in place by the time of World War II, this book explores the conceptualization and ultimate construction of the initial US airways systems. The daring exploits of the earliest airmail pilots are well documented, but the underlying story of just how brick-and-mortar construction, radio research and improvement, chart and map preparation, and other less glamorous aspects of aviation contributed to the system we have today has been understudied. Flying the Beam traces the development of aeronautical navigation of the US airmail airways from 1917 to 1941. Chronologically organized, the book draws on period documents, pilot memoirs, and firsthand investigation of surviving material remains in the landscape to trace the development of the system. The author shows how visual cross-country navigation, only possible in good weather, was developed into all-weather "blind flying." The daytime techniques of "following railroads and rivers" were supplemented by a series of lighted beacons (later replaced by radio towers) crisscrossing the country to allow nighttime transit of long-distance routes, such as the one between New York and San Francisco. Although today's airway system extends far beyond the continental US and is based on digital technologies, the way pilots navigate from place to place basically uses the same infrastructure and procedures that were pioneered almost a century earlier. While navigational electronics have changed greatly over the years, actually "flying the beam" has changed very little.
I was wearing my red nylon flying suit and my metallic pink helmet , as I said a “
good bye ” to all my troops , and blasted off for Tachikawa , Japan , and home .
The weather at the time was terrible so I had to file an instrument flight plan . All
Author: Bill Disbrow
Publisher: Winlock Galey
In 1920 Bill Disbrow had his first airplane ride with his dad in a Jenny WWI trainer when he was five. This ignited his desire to be an Army Air Corps pilot. He finally applied in 1935 but failed his physical due to high blood pressure from excitement. He tried three more times. After Pearl Harbor, he was turned down because he was married, but the marriage ban was lifted and he was in and getting shot at. He always thought he could fly and sailed through Cadets in 1943, the oldest Cadet at 28. He was finally a pilot! He expected to go to P-38 fighter school but wound up as a B-24 co-pilot. His pilot and Bill flew their B-24 from Hamilton Field to Italy. Bill flew 50 missions for the 15th Air force, 455th Bomb Group, 741st Squadron. 25 of those mission he was first pilot in the B-24, Organized Confusion. He survived 7 missions to the Ploesti oil fields, the graveyard of the 15th Air Force. He returned to the U.S. in 1944 with the DFC and the Air Medal with 3 OLCs, where he attended Officers Armament School and graduated at the top of his class. He was later assigned to Colorado Springs where, as a recruiting officer, he flew anything they would let him. Bill In 1948, he was sent to Japan as an I & E officer and later Chief of Flight Test FEMCOM. Later he took an old C-47 to Korea, ferrying supplies to the troops and became stationed there in charge of field maintenance at Pusan. On his return to the states, Bill became the CO of the Air Force recruiting in Los Angeles where he built the Disbrow Special sportcar. Later he brought the car to Tyndal AFB in Florida and raced against General LeMay and others. There he flew F-86s and F-102s. He was sent back to Japan in charge of a fighter squadron and finally sent home to Travis AFB where he retired with 21 years of active duty. On retiring he would become an investigator, a high school teacher, a aircraft owner, a civilian flight instructor a resort owner, a house builder, a world-class snow skier in his age group, and an excellent ballroom dancer. He would sire four beautiful daughters by his wife Fay of 27 years; have 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and still counting. through all the anxiety and adversities he had to contend with. He thanks his Lord Jesus Christ for making this all possible.
PX local support , including some from the Chilean and Argentinean air forces ,
as well as an avalanche of letters sent back and forth between Canadian , us and
South American embassies , which allowed them to fly their route legally .
Author: Lynn Martel
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
From skilled weekend warriors to internationally recognized stars of the professional adventure game, Lynn Martel has interviewed dozens of the most dynamic, creative and accomplished self-propelled adventurers of our time. In Expedition to the Edge: Stories of Worldwide Adventure, Martel has assembled 59 compelling and entertaining stories that uniquely capture the exploits, the hardships, the fears and the personal insights of a virtual who's who of contemporary adventurers as they explore remote mountain landscapes from the Rockies to Pakistan to Antarctica. Through candid and revealing conversations, Martel captures the joys, the motivations and the revelations of top climbers Sonnie Trotter, Sean Isaac, Raphael Slawinski and Steph Davis; Himalayan alpinists Carlos Buhler, Marko Prezelj and Barry Blanchard; record-setting paraglider Will Gadd; Everest skier Kit Deslauriers; the conservationist duo Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison as they follow a caribou herd for five months on foot across the Yukon; and Colin Angus on his two-year quest to become the first person to circumnavigate the world by human power.
Gforce pressed Maeve against the passengerside door as she watched the road
fly away sideways. She shivered, but not with fear. Every cell in her body felt like
it was lit up, tingling, flying... . The tires screeched; when she looked behind them
Author: Kenneth McIntosh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When Maeve Murphy joined "The Crime Scene Club", she never imagined that she would end up going undercover to investigate street racing, and meet two young men, one of whom may be a killer. Includes forensic notes from the story, ?graphic novel? illustrations and color photographs, sections on further reading, and for more information, bibliography, index, and profiles on the author, illustrator, and series consultant.
I was flying into Vigie Airport at approximately seven forty-five one evening, on a
particularly dark and cloudy night. ... When I realized it was getting too close to
the edge of the runway I tried to turn it to the right using the rudder pedals. I did
Author: Ewart Hinkson
A career in aviation is intriguing to many, but what is it really like? In his fascinating memoir, Ewart Franklin Hinkson peels back the mysterious layers of air traffic control and aeroplane maintenance as he shares his often humorous experiences as a commercial pilot within the Caribbean Archipelago. Born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, Hinkson was introduced to aviation at a young age which sparked a life-long interest in flying. After migrating to Canada to further his studies, Hinkson describes his efforts to acquire a commercial pilot's license and his subsequent entrepreneurial adventure as the owner and manager of a small air-taxi service. Intertwined with Hinkson's own tales about his travels above the magical Caribbean Sea is the true story of how political interference is stifling the growth of both the aviation and the tourist industry, causing the region to lose millions of dollars and repressing economic development. In this exciting mix of pilot anecdotes and stories of political deception, one man proves that his belief in himself and his values is what helped him achieve his dreams in the big, blue skies over the Caribbean.
... next month. I can't miss it!” “I'm sorry, Hiroshi. But it's for the best,” Father said.
Hiroshi gripped the edge of the table to steady himself. 4 ...
Author: Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought to his uncle's family living in the United States. Skye and Hiroshi's lives are thrown together when Hiroshi's family, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), suddenly moves to the U.S. Now Skye doesn't know who she is anymore: at school she's suddenly too Japanese, but at home she's not Japanese enough. Hiroshi has a hard time adjusting to life in a new culture, and resents Skye's intrusions on his time with Grandfather. Through all of this is woven Hiroshi's expertise, and Skye's growing interest in, kite making and competitive rokkaku kite flying.
No, they wanted to be called The Flying Piss Beans. Who it was who actually
suggested that name I can't remember, butI immediately felt thata namelike that
would giveus lots of issues,not least because we were financed bytheCity
Author: Uffe Elbæk
Publisher: Gyldendal A/S
In this book Uffe Elbæk – KaosPilot, member of the cultural grass roots movement, social activist, entrepreneur, advocate of education, decision-maker, and opinion leader – lavishly hands out stories of his many experiences as a leader and a change agent. Above all, the book is a personal narrative, but it also holds academic reflection, models, and inspiring exercises. Along the way, Uffe Elbæk takes the reader to such different places as Aarhus, Moscow, Kiruna, San Francisco, Durban, Dublin, Reykjavik, Havana, Hong Kong, London and Copenhagen. Leadership on the Edge is written on the basis of a good mixture of appetite, joy and curiosity. Appetite for the discovery of new patterns and connections; joy of the diversity of life; and curiosity about getting right to the edge – where it truly becomes interesting.
It was found that the center of gravity of narrow planes was near the vertex and
on the edge of the plane , but recedes toward the base and axis as it widens ; it
also travels from the axis toward the edge and vertex as the rate of revolution ...
Author: Octave Chanute
Beskriver gennerelle principper for at flyve og fortæller om de første forsøg på at bygge en egentlig flyvemaskine før det lykkedes at gennemføre en bemandet, motordrevet flyvning
Sailing through toothy waters in a windy pea-souper with all canvas flying, the
anxious helmsman is under orders from his captain, napping below, to press on
at top speed, every so often casting the lead line and bringing to the captain a ...
Author: Geoffrey Wolff
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Novelist and biographer Geoffrey Wolff has spent many summers in Maine—sailing its coastal waters, climbing its rocky peaks, and communing with its natives. Now, with the voice of a passionate insider, he brings readers into the heart of this striking region and explains what makes it unique. Starting with a gripping tale about being lost offshore in the fog with inadequate navigational aids, Wolff goes on to describe the coast’s geological history and discovery by Europeans. He then turns a keen eye towards Mainers, their mores and peculiarities, and to the summer rusticators who for generations have invaded the stunning waterfronts. A section on boat building celebrates the extraordinary rescue of Maine’s foremost craft; another on lobsters tells the rich story of the custom, taste, commerce, environmental conflict, and scientific mystery surrounding these critical crustaceans. Here is a true feast—travel literature at its best.
Far East Tour November 1962 – October 1963 Before flying backon boardwe
were warned thatthe weather wasbad, with the ship pitching closeto limits.
Whenwe descended through the murk the conditions were atrocious, the lightwas
Author: John Flexman
Publisher: Memoirs Publishing
Three thousand feet above the Zambian bush, the DHC2 Beaver had only ten minutes' fuel remaining. Night was drawing in; ground features were indiscernible. I could not raise anyone on the radio. Would this be the end? John Flexman knew he wanted to be a pilot from moment he saw an RAF flypast as a boy of eight. At sixteen he joined the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, getting his 'wings' in 1961 at the age of 18. From there on he never looked back. His flying career took him around the world, from the Far East to Africa and back again. John came within seconds of disaster on several occasions and often encountered tragedy, losing several friends and colleagues in flying accidents. During his years as a private pilot in Africa he flew the dictator Idi Amin several times, while on the ground he was able to witness the barbaric results of the dictator's regime. He went on to fly an assortment of prominent businessmen, politicians and pop stars, from Norman Tebbitt to Phil Collins and Paul McCartney. John finally retired at 60, having survived a 42-year career spanning 17,800 flying hours. Aviation at the Edge is his story.
I was almost instantly flying on instruments, with no sight of the ground. I climbed
above five thousand feet and took up a compass course, praying there was no
ice in the clouds where I flew. The radio range at Tanana was not very reliable ...
Author: Larry Kaniut
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
From the Klondike to the Bering Sea, from Alaska's bounty that brought fortunes to some to its wilderness that claimed the lives of others, Tales from the Edge explores the myth, beauty, and peril of the arctic landscape. Editor Larry Kaniut brings together some of the world's best outdoor adventure writers to celebrate the land and the people who have measured themselves against it. Tales from the Edge is a celebration of Alaska featuring such notable contributors as Peter Jenkins, Spike Walker, Jay Hammond, Nick Jans, Dana Stabenow, Larry Kaniut, and more. Tales from the Edge will stir the soul and imagination of every armchair adventurer.
We are flying Canadian Air, and the flight number is 2606 with arrival time at 5
p.m. We look forward to seeing you both later today.” Connor threw back the
covers and sat on the edge of the bed. “You know what Katie would say?” Not
Author: Mae Kidman Aldous
Publisher: LifeRich Publishing
After setting out on a nice drive up the canyon, Cari and her fianc, Michael, were forced over the edge on a roller-coaster ride down the mountain, which ended when their car slammed into a stand of trees. Cari slowly crawled back up the mountain and was shocked to hear vocal promptings of encouragement, even though Michaels lifeless body lay in the wrecked car. His one request was for her to find the person responsible for his death and promised to be at her side when needed. Why would someone want to kill them? Will Cari survive, and will she find justice for her fianc? Perhaps, after meeting the young man who found her lying on the side of the road or the detective who didnt believe her story. Possibly, reuniting with a former friend would make the difference. Then there was that nagging fear that her father would carry out his threat to kill her. She discovered that he had been released from prison and barely managed to hold herself together upon meeting him face to face. As Cari travels down this perilous road and faces more danger than she ever anticipated, is it possible for her to find true happiness?