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Old 02-22-2018, 06:50 PM
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Saggitarius Rising

Iron Men with Wooden Wings (truly amazing!!)

The Last Enemy

A bit obscure, these...
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Previously RV-4, RV-8A, AirCam, Cessna 175
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:35 AM
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Default Two Short Novels

Spirit of Steamboat, by Craig Johnson. This is one of the more gripping books I've read.

If you prefer to get it directly from the author, get it here.

The Shepherd, by Frederick Forsyth, is a can't put down kind of book. Get the version with Lou Feck's illustrations.

I own and have read heaps of flying books. These are two of the very best, and perhaps the two best fictional works about flying.

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Old 05-16-2018, 02:52 PM
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I enjoyed "Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot" by Mark Vanhoenacker. Non-fiction about life as a 747 pilot.

"A Higher Call" was great as well.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by RV8JD View Post
Here is a great audio version of Forsyth's "The Shepherd" done several years ago by Al Maitland via the CBC.

Allan Maitland; one of the last great old school broadcast voices.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:22 PM
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Default We never forget our "first one"...

The title was "Eight Hours to Solo".
Cannot remember the author's name.
It was a book in the tiny "library", really just 3 bookshelves in our one-room country school. The story was about a young man nearing 16 years old who had scraped up enough money to buy a few hours of instruction in a J3.
The details of flight controls and procedures were quite extensive as I recall.
Took my first flight lesson in a J5 and I'll always remember the instructor saying "You've done this before".
Liked to think that reading and re-reading that book made a big difference. I had logged a lot of hours mentally flying by then.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by RV8JD View Post
Here is a great audio version of Forsyth's "The Shepherd" done several years ago by Al Maitland via the CBC.
Over the years of reading your posts, Carl, I've come to greatly respect your opinions. In this instance I have to disagree with your opinion.

Al Maitland's reading of The Shepherd is THE quintessential interpretation of this work. There, I've said it - I disagree most strenuously with your assessment, Carl!

The first time I heard this rendition I was driving home in a blinding snowstorm with huge flakes of wet white swirling around the car, rendering visibility as close to zero/zero as one dared get. Snow was shushing along the belly of the car; the plows were wisely waiting out the worst of the storm before venturing out. I was travelling a remote northern secondary road with only the occasional house light passing by every few miles, and many miles with nary a sign of human presence to be seen.

I'm sure you can understand the effect of Al Maitland's voice under such eerie and similar circumstances as those featured in the plot line. The story sent shivers up my spine then and I still get goosebumps when I remember that night.
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:09 PM
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Second the book. The Bishops boys. Two truly amazing, interesting and intriguing men that changed history.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:49 PM
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"Nanette," by Edwards Park, is a charming book about a P-39 flying in the South Pacific during WW II.

To me, WW II aviation books generally run a bit boring. The experiential ones are often alike with long lists of flights flown and battles fought. They tend to run together.

This one stands out. It's essentially a romance between the airplane and her pilot. It's got more humor than I ever expected. I was chuckling almost every page.

This is a must-read.

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Old 08-22-2018, 08:14 PM
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Default No Parachute and You Want to Build and Fly a What?

No Parachute (A fighter pilot in world war I); Arthur Gould Lee

You Want to Build and Fly a What? (How I learned to fly, built a WWI replica, and stayed married); Dick Starks
Mel Asberry..DAR since last century
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Specializing in Amateur-Built and Light-Sport Aircraft
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RV-6 Flying since 1993, 172hp O-320, 3-Blade Catto (since 2003)
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:37 PM
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try Nevil Shute for 1930's style entertainment. he was an Aviation factory man in England turned writer.

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