Aviator Extraordinaire

My Story

Author: G. J. Christopher Paul

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781848849013

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

View: 2595

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.

All Blood Runs Red

Life and Legends of Eugene Jacques Bullard - First Black American Military Aviator

Author: Henry Scott Harris

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 1456612999

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

View: 1128

Life and legends of Eugene Jacques Bullard, the first black American military aviator... from his childhood to WWI hero, 47 chapters of his life from the time he ran away from home, alone at the age of eight to find freedom and equality in France. This is based on a true life. It is a series of fictional interviews with a man whom I never met.

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: 8864

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!

Above the Battle

An Air Observation Post Pilot at War

Author: Ronald Lyell Munro

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473872774

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9982

In April 1943, a young officer arrived at Penshurst to join ‘C’ Flight, 653 Squadron. He was no ordinary pilot and this was no ordinary RAF outfit. Lyell Munro was a soldier and 653 was an Air Observation Post Squadron whose pilots were Royal Artillery and whose ground crew were RAF. AOP pilots were expert gunners, skilled flyers and incurable rule breakers. Flying from airstrips just behind the front lines, without armament and often with no parachute, they controlled the fire of hundreds of guns and their enemies learnt to dread the sight of the little green Austers in the skies above the battlefield. An incautious movement, a puff of smoke or a chance flash of reflected sunlight could bring tons of high explosives raining down. They flew alone without ground control, scanning the skies constantly while they directed the guns. Closing at over 250mph, an attacking ME 109 left no time for indecision. Reactions had to be instinctive and evasive action instant. Failure was fatal. After the War ended, the survivors went back into civilian life and few histories mention them or what they did. Lyell’s is one of only two personal accounts that are known to exist and it is likely that there will be no more. Written for his family and his comrades in ‘C’ Flight it is a story told without heroics, but with a deep affection for the men with whom he flew and worked.

Fool's Paradise

Author: Robert E. Ferguson

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770671498

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 7789

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...

Women Aviators

26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys

Author: Karen Bush Gibson

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613745435

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 2583

Detailing the role of women in aviation, from the very first days of flight to the present, this rich exploration of the subject profiles 26 women pilots who sought out and met challenges both in the sky and on the ground. Divided into six chronologically arranged sections, this book composes a minihistory of aviation. Learn about pioneers such as Katherine Wright, called by many the "Third Wright Brother," and Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France, the first woman awarded a license to fly. Read about barnstormers like Bessie Coleman and racers like Louise Thaden, who bested Amelia Earhart to win the 1929 Women's Air Derby. Additional short biography sidebars for other key figures and lists of supplemental resources for delving deeper into the history of the subject are also included.

5—Tom Swift and His Cyclonic Eradicator (HB)

Author: Victor Appleton II

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304538397

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 514

This hardbound edition of the fifth novel in the series starts with a near tragedy. But, not one to let setbacks stop him, Tom Swift accepts a contract to help complete a NOAA weather station in Florida that has lost its primary contractor. While investigating the site he and his best friend Bud are nearly killed in an explosion. Or, was it an attack? He sets about creating a safety and security system but encounters a mysterious submarine out in the Gulf of Mexico. It turns out that an old enemy is up to their old tricks and are willing to do anything to stop-or kill-Tom. He knows the old saying about how you can't do anything about the weather, but has never believed it. And so Tom works to invent a method for breaking up hurricanes before they can do any damage. But the typical mix of sabotage, strange circumstances and even being waylaid on a deserted island can't stop our hero. But, about that weather thing...

One Step Forward

The Life of Ken Dahlberg

Author: Al Zdon,Warren Mack

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979919206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 5962

Meditations for Addictive Behavior is a system of yogic science to inspire and uplift the human spirit. These simple techniques will help break habits, tendencies and addictions. It contains 12 specific meditations with delicious nutritional formulas and inspirational quotes. It is effective with today's behaviors linked to smoking, food, alcohol, drugs, co-dependency, stress, anxiety, depression and many others. This technology provides the psychological edge necessary to remain calm and non-reactive under challenging situations and protect oneself from the pressures of society. It is our belief that the human potential of each individual is unlimited. These meditations create a relationship with one's higher consciousness and instill the dignity of self-autonomy. Health care professionals, people in recovery, yoga practitioners and individuals looking for a self-exalted experience will find this book an inspiring introduction to life-changing habits.

Worn Stories

Author: Emily Spivack

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1616893605

Category: Design

Page: N.A

View: 3238

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen. Other contributors include Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Albert Maysles, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo, and more. By turns funny, tragic, poignant, and celebratory, Worn Stories offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past—clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives.


Author: Paul McElroy

Publisher: Japphire Productions Incorporated

ISBN: 9780967996301

Category: Fiction

Page: 493

View: 2120

At OHare airport the world's busiest air traffic controller Ryan Kelly is a master in a virtual game of 3D chess. His pawns: planes full of human lives. When an outsider upsets his board, two jetliners collide and Kellys world spins out of control. Convinced hes not to blame, Kelly fights to save his reputation and expose the true villain before he strikes again.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Vertically rising aircraft

Page: N.A

View: 1662

Love Is the Cure

On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

Author: Elton John

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316219894

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 666

A deeply personal account of Elton John's life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring call to action. In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. He befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized because of his HIV infection. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague and the stigma of AIDS. The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide. Love Is the Cure includes stories of Elton's close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Sales of Love Is the Cure benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


Author: Robert Hughes

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307764613

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 1326

A monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain, from the bestselling author of The Fatal Shore. In these pages, Robert Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history; tells the stories of its kings, poets, magnates, and revolutionaries; and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postmodern restaurant with a glass-walled urinal. The result is a work filled with the attributes of Barcelona itself: proportion, humor, and seny—the Catalan word for triumphant common sense.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aeronautics

Page: N.A

View: 2160

For the Love of Flying

The Story of Laurentian Air Services

Author: Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Publisher: Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

ISBN: 1896941575

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 3108

This is the first book to tell the story of one of Canada's most innovative aviation companies, Laurentian Air Services, and thus fills an important gap in Canadian aviation history. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Laurentian's presidents, pilots and ground crew, author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores the company's 60-year history from its founding in 1936 in Ottawa with small biplanes through to the 1990s when it was operating scheduled flights with twin-engine Beech 99s and Beech King Air 200s. During those 60 years, Laurentian was at the forefront of air tourism in the Ottawa region and the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec as well as fly-in hunting and fishing in Canada's north. It also pioneered the use of the Grumman G-21 Goose and de Havilland Beaver commercially and provided vital air support to survey and development work for such massive undertakings as the Churchill Falls and James Bay hydroelectric projects. This book brings Laurentian's history to life through first-hand stories and an exciting collection of colour and black and white photographs, the majority of which have not previously been published. This is a long-overdue book that appeals to armchair bush flyers and aviation historians alike.

The Confabulist

A Novel

Author: Steven Galloway

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101631430

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6790

From the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, an exciting new novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a tale of magic, intrigue, and illusion. What is real and what is an illusion? Can you trust your memory to provide an accurate record of what has happened in your life? The Confabulist is a clever , entertaining, and suspenseful narrative that weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with the surprising story of Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring, late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century world; a front-row seat to a world-class magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself: there is much more to Martin than meets the eye. Historically rich and ingeniously told, this is a novel about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can—for better or for worse—alter what we perceive and believe.

Son of the Red Centre

Author: Kurt Gerhardt Johannsen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780646133041

Category: Frontier and pioneer life

Page: 254

View: 9654

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.

Circling the Sun

Author: Paula McLain

Publisher: Bond Street Books

ISBN: 0385677227

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 7281

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, takes readers to Kenya in the 1920s, where the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer and aviator Beryl Markham tells the story of her life among the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living in colonial East Africa--and the complicated love triangle she shared with the white hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya as a small child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised both by her father--a racehorse trainer--and the native Kipsigis tribe on her father's land. Her unconventional upbringing transforms her into a daring young woman, with a love of all things wild, but everything she knows and trusts dissolves when her father's farm goes bankrupt. Reeling from the scandal and heartbreak, Beryl is catapulted into a disastrous marriage at the age of 16. Finally she makes the courageous decision to break free, forging her own path as a horse trainer and shocking high society in the process. The British colony has never seen a woman as determined and fiery as Beryl. Before long, she catches the eye of the fascinating and bohemian Happy Valley set, including writer Karen Blixen and her lover Denys Finch Hatton, who will later be immortalized in Blixen's memoir, Out of Africa. The three become embroiled in a complex triangle that changes the course of Beryl's life, setting tragedy in motion while awakening her to her truest self and her fate: to fly.

The Typhoon Truce, 1970

Three Days in Vietnam when Nature Intervened in the War

Author: Robert Curtis

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1612003303

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 982

It wasnÕt rockets or artillery that came through the skies one week during the war. It was the horrific force of nature that suddenly put both sides in awe. As an unofficial truce began, questions and emotions battled inside every air crewmanÕs mind as they faced masses of Vietnamese civilians outside their protective base perimeters for the first time. Could we trust them not to shoot? Could they trust us not to drop them off in a detention camp? Truces never last, but life changes a bit for all the people involved while they are happening. Sometimes wars are suspended and fighting stops for a while. A holiday that both sides recognize might do it, as happened in the Christmas truce during World War I. Weather might do it, too, as it did in Vietnam in October 1970. The Òtyphoon truceÓ was just as real, and the war stopped for three days in northern I Corps--that area bordering the demilitarized zone separating South Vietnam from the North. The unofficial Òtyphoon truceÓ came because first, Super Typhoon Joan arrived, devastating all the coastal lowlands in I Corps and further up into North Vietnam. Then, less than a week later came Super Typhoon Kate. Kate hit the same area with renewed fury, leaving the entire countryside under water and the people there faced with both war and natural disaster at the same time. No one but the Americans, the foreign warriors fighting throughout the country, had the resources to help the people who lived in the lowlands, and so they did. For the men who took their helicopters out into the unending rain it really made little difference. Perhaps no one would shoot at them for a while, but the everyday dangers they faced remained, magnified by the low clouds and poor visibility. The crews got just as tired, maybe more so, than on normal missions. None of that really mattered. The aircrews of the 101st Airborne went out to help anyway, because rescuing people was now their mission. In this book we see how for a brief period during an otherwise vicious war, saving life took precedence over bloody conflict.