Aviator Extraordinaire

My Story

Author: G. J. Christopher Paul

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781848849013

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

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Interwoven with his own career progression and experiences are world events and situations. Coupled with this we can clearly see the development of aircraft over a period of over fifty years.

Flying safety

Author: United States. Dept. of the Air Force. Office of the Inspector General,United States. Dept. of the Air Force,Air Force Safety Center (U.S.),United States. Dept. of the Air Force. Chief of Safety

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: N.A

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The Glorious Madness – Tales of the Irish and the Great War

First-hand accounts of Irish men and women in the First World War

Author: Turtle Bunbury

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717166147

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 7809

From tragic generals to nuns on the run – the extraordinary stories of the Irish on the frontlines of the First World War that you’ve never heard before Based on first-hand accounts of the First World War, The Glorious Madness is a collection of character portraits and stirring anecdotes that brings to life the hopes, fears and ambitions that defined the generation of Irish men and women lost to the catastrophe of the first great modern war. From the generals and field commanders through to the troopers and nurses on the front lines, from the trenches of the Somme to the beaches of Gallipoli, the Irish served at every turn in the Great War. Popular historian Turtle Bunbury is renowned for uncovering important forgotten stories from our past. Here he reveals many never-before-heard tales of the Irish heroes and heroines whose lives coincided with one of the most brutal conflicts our world has ever known – including nuns, artists, sportsmen, poets, aristocrats, nationalists, nurses, clergymen and film directors. From the dramatic story of the nuns of Ypres and their escape to Ireland to found Kylemore Abbey, to the multiple-escapist who became the one-legged nemesis of Michael Collins, and the five tragic, rugby-loving pals from the same Dublin team massacred at Gallipoli, the stories that Turtle Bunbury unearths about Irish men and women offer a new and timely perspective on Irish participation in the Great War. An important book, by turns poignant, enlightening, whimsical and darkly comic, this is history as it should – free-wheeling and finely tuned to the rhythms of the human heart. Reviews [In The Glorious Madness] Turtle continues the wonderful listening and yarn-spinning he has honed in the Vanishing Ireland series, applying it to veterans of the First World War. The stories he recreates are poignant, whimsical and bleakly funny, bringing back into the light the lives of people who found themselves on the wrong side of history after the struggle for Irish independence. This is my kind of micro-history. John Grenham, The Irish Times A wonderful book packed with great individual stories and pictures which bring the Irish participation in the Great War vividly alive. Sean Farrell, Irish Independent Based on first-hand accounts of the conflict, this collection of character portraits and stirring anecdotes brings to life the hopes, fears and ambitions that defined Ireland’s ‘lost generation’. Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic Turtle Bunbury’s book about the Great War is a great read, a dramatic confection of remarkable stories about remarkable events and individuals slapped together with great dexterity and professionalism. … This is military history as entertainment on a scale we have not seen since, well, the First World War … This is one book that can be judged by its cover. Pádraig Yeates, Dublin Review of Books The impressively versatile Turtle Bunbury is known for his sensitively written, well-observed Vanishing Ireland series of books and his appearance on RTE’s Genealogy Roadshow. He also toured this year as one of the lecturers in the Great War Roadshow, headed by Myles Dungan. Now, also marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Bunbury marches into what once would have been a no-man’s land for historians. There is much to enjoy here. Bunbury has an eye for irony and pathos and a fluid attractive writing style. It’s packed with personalities and stories of courage under fire amid truly unimaginable slaughter, of mind-boggling military incompetence and of individuals emotionally afflicted by reports of courage in another cause at home. Emmanuel Kehoe, Sunday Business Post

The Flight of the Titan

The Story of the R34

Author: George Rosie

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857905619

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 6311

In the early hours of Thursday, July 10, 1919 hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers rushed out onto the streets and rooftops and gaped up into the sky as a great silver ship, hundreds of feet long, rolled slowly across the city. Restaurants, hotels, theatres and bars emptied as people took to the street to gaze upwards. The ship seemed to hover over the New York Times building in 42nd street before turning its bow to the east and heading off towards the Atlantic. New Yorkers had never seen anything like it. They were left to wonder as the thrum of the engines died away. But it was no alien visitation. The huge silver craft, bearing a lion rampant across its bow, was the Scottish-built airship R34 manned by a 30-strong crew of World War I veterans (and a stowaway cat). A few days earlier the R34 had made the first-ever east-west flight across the Atlantic against powerful head winds and electrical storms. The flight of the R34 was one of the great feats of British aviation and it has been shamefully forgotten - but there is a wealth of information out there. Some of it is in the diary kept by General Edward Maitland, which was later published, other material comes from the flight reports of the airship's officers, crew diaries, press interviews, and technical information buried in the National Archives in Kew and in the records of the royal Aeronautical Society and the New York Times. Weaving all of this together, George Rosie paints a vivid picture of the great feats of early 19th Century aviation and one of which Scotland should be immensely proud.

Fool's Paradise

Author: Robert E. Ferguson

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770671498

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8446

Fool's Paradise is a blend of real events; fiction; fantasy; mystery and incredible adventures that tells the life story of Bobby Ferguson aka: Bobby McAllister, from early childhood and a near-death experience that delusionally introduces him to a spectral pirate who tells him about the mythical treasure ship, "The Prize." As if one ghost in his life is not enough, a teenage McAllister meets an apparitional woman who not only re-enforces his belief in the existence of The Prize but; convinces him of his destiny to locate the mysterious ship. Working for a corrupted politician; a stint as a producer for a television station, his chance meeting of an established and world-famous treasure hunter, and even a stretch in an Arizona prison, all combine to put him out to sea in search of The Hacha del Oro, a documented treasure ship that went down in a mighty hurricane off the coast of the Florida Keys over 250 years ago. In spite of all the adversity involved, McAllister's experience on the Hacha Project proves to be successful and he confides to Granger Lawton, his true quest is "The Prize," a treasure he fully expects the reluctant and leery Lawton to help him find. Determined to act as McAllister's Devils' advocate, Lawton agrees to help in the search of The Prize. Their investigation takes them to Seville, Spain, the home of the Archives of the Indies, and perhaps, wherein lays the answers to the unsolved two-hundred and fifty-year old mystery. While touring the Spanish countryside, McAllister comes across a dusty and deserted old mansion that contains one-hundred year old evidence of the identity of the haunting apparition that has been McAllister's obsession since his teen-age years. The portrait of a beautiful woman distracts his pursuit of The Prize and sends him on what Lawton characterized as a "wild-goose-chase" up the Oronoco River in Venezuela. On a regal, yet struggling cattle ranch outside Ciudad, Bolivar, a gentleman rancher, whose daughter steals McAllister's heart, entertains McAllister, and Lawton. It is Lawton who stumbles on evidence of not only the existence of the The Prize, but its actual location. It takes McAllister, however, to finally locate the cargo she carried by carefully piecing together all of the clues, evidence, cryptic conditions of the island priestess, and even the phantoms of his past to lead him to the treasure...

The Man in the Arena

The Story of an Aviator's Roller-Coaster Ride to the Clouds and Back

Author: Thomas L. Cooper

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1457563908

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 644

View: 4707

Fly with Captain Tom Cooper on this most incredible roller coaster ride from a rural, Mayberry-ish community in the foot hills of North Carolina to the apex of the scheduled airline world. A superb story teller, Captain Cooper takes you on a breathtaking trip with intermediate stops in the jungles of South America, revolutions in the tropics, the “sometimes” exciting exploits of a scheduled airline pilot and finally lands you on the top floor, mahogany row, of the volatile airline community. Whether you are a professional or private pilot or just an “arm chair” adventurer, with his simple but vivid writing style, he escorts you through his 60 years of aviation experiences with page after page of a literary reality show that can only be narrated by someone who has actually lived it. Captain Cooper shares his experiences, the good times and the bad, the wins and the losses, with clarity and with a simple credo that to be a success one must, to paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, be “in the arena” and experience failures along with any successes that might come your way without fear of criticism or admonition. And…….never, ever, let ‘em see you sweat!


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Vertically rising aircraft

Page: N.A

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From Autogiro to Gyroplane

The Amazing Survival of an Aviation Technology

Author: Bruce H. Charnov

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9781567205039

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 389

View: 1999

This is the first book to tell the fascinating 80-year history of today's gyroplane and its antecedent, the Autogiro. Charnov explains that the near-eclipse of the Autogiro was caused by a potent combination of bad luck, the impact of the Great Depression and World War II, and egregious business decisions. Only by understanding the amazing manner in which this aviation technology has persisted and evolved can one fully understand the basis for its future.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aeronautics

Page: N.A

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Silent Wings

The Story of the Glider Pilots of World War II

Author: Gerard M. Devlin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Transportation

Page: 410

View: 5177

Pioneers in Flight

Aer Lingus and the Story of Aviation in Ireland

Author: Niall G. Weldon

Publisher: Liffey Press


Category: Transportation

Page: 306

View: 3399

Tells the story of the men and women who were instrumental in developing the aviation industry in Ireland, Niall Weldon, who worked at Aer Lingus for forty-two years, including as the Company Secretary, recalls the many challenges the fledging indust

Lady Africa


Author: Paula McLain

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841210287

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 8058

Die Frau, die den Himmel bezwang. Aufgewachsen als Tochter eines Lords im afrikanischen Busch, interessiert sich die junge Beryl nicht für Seidenkleider und Etikette. Dafür ist sie stark und mutig wie ein Kipsigis-Junge und hat von ihrem Vater alles über Rassepferde gelernt. Doch im britischen Protektorat – dem späteren Kenia – der vorigen Jahrhundertwende ist kein Platz für solch ein ungezähmtes Mädchen. Bis sie in Karen Blixen eine Seelenverwandte findet – und in deren Geliebtem, dem Flieger und Großwildjäger Denys Finch Hutton, das Abenteuer ihres Lebens. Die Autorin des internationalen Bestsellers „Madame Hemingway“ erzählt in diesem großen Afrika-Epos die wahre Geschichte der Flugpionierin Beryl Markham, die als erste Frau den Atlantik überquerte.

Son of the Red Centre

Author: Kurt Gerhardt Johannsen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780646133041

Category: Frontier and pioneer life

Page: 254

View: 9937

Memoirs and anecdotes of the life of Kurt Johannsen, a road train pioneer and bush inventor of the Northern Territory of Australia. A man of many parts; miner, inventor, aviator and mechanic extraordinaire; read Kurt¿s fascinating life story as told by himself.

Master Mac

Lives Well Lived at the Edge of Excellence

Author: David Dworsky

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452026602

Category: Fiction

Page: 568

View: 7583

Master Mac spans three generations of high-achieving men and women who changed not only their own but many other pieces of the world. Despite differences in ages and backgrounds, they were linked by what McBurney had taught them. That linkage encompassed classrooms, conference rooms, operating rooms, ballrooms and bedrooms. The people of Master Mac liked each other, respected each other, believed in each other, fought for --and with --each other and slept with each other. The First Generation (Founders of the Flame) included the British- born and educated Richard Amberton MacAllister, who became the Master Mac' of the story, and Frank Abner, a one-time jailhouse kid and World War Two Marine who became Master Whack'; a prep school disciplinarian with compassion. Among the Second Generation (Keepers of the Flame) were Roscoe Zill, head of America's third largest company and womanizer extraordinaire; Aaron Diehl, a talk show host with an international audience; Ronald Krittle and Deena Kass, developers of mass communications, and Arthur Astrachian, vice president of the United States. The Third Generation (Inheritors of the Flame) raised the standard of excellence still higher: Maryann Randolph, a battlefield transplant surgeon who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Zachary Zill, a naval aviator who became an astronaut and was awarded the Medal of Honor for a daring rescue in space. Tameka Astrachian, who became a gifted actress and then a recluse. Matthew Bowen, a peace advocate who was brutally murdered in the barrios of East Los Angeles. Joyce Levanto, the secret service agent who failed to protect the president from terrorists. And Steven Krittle-Kass, who won a seat in the US Senate by applying the lessons of McBurney. These are the people of Master Mac. The people of excellence.

Forever Flying

Fifty Years of High-flying Adventures, from Barnstorming in Prop Planes to Dogfighting Germans to Testing Supersonic Jets : an Autobiography

Author: Robert A. Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books


Category: Transportation

Page: 291

View: 4976

The author recounts his experiences as a fighter pilot in World War II, a test pilot, and an aerobatic pilot

Bonjour, ça va?

an introductory course

Author: Myrna Bell Rochester

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780394353074

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 480

View: 658