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The greatest flying stories ever told : [nineteen amazing tales from the sky]
Underwood, Lamar.
Publication Information:
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, [2002]

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xiv, 334 pages ; 24 cm
The spirit of St. Louis / Charles A. Lindbergh -- Amelia Earhart and the flight that failed / Mary S. Lovell -- West with the night / Beryl Markham -- The sound barrier / Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos -- Orbit / Tom Wolfe -- "Dooley" / Ernest K. Gann -- Flight of passage / Rinker Buck -- Approaches / Laurence Gonzales -- Stranger to the ground / Richard Bach -- On extended wings / Diane Ackerman -- Winter's morning / Len Deighton -- Piece of cake / Derek Robinson -- Black Thursday : the Second Schweinfurt Attack, October 14, 1943 / Brian D. O'Neill -- Along the Yalu / James Salter -- Carrier qual / Douglas C. Waller -- An airman's letter to his mother / Anonymous -- Fire & rain / Jerome Greer Chandler -- Am I alive? / Sandy Purl with Gregg Lewis -- Tragedy and escape / by Ernest K. Gann.
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At 10:35 in the morning of Thursday, December 17, 1903, man got his wings. On the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright flew the motorized aircraft he and his brother Wilbur had constructed to a distance less than the length of the wingspan of today's 747 jet. Three other flights were made the same day, the final lasting 59 seconds for a distance over the ground of 852 feet.

Mankind was finally off the ground in powered flight. Not a balloon . . . not a glider . . . in an airplane with wings and a motor. And his experiences in the air would forevermore join the literature of human endeavors, to be shared by kindred spirits or the curious who have wanted to know, "What was it like up there?"

In "The Greatest Flying Stories ever Told," Lamar Underwood collects the very best writings, both fact and realistic fiction, on man's fascination with flight, culled from the various magazines, books, plays, and films that serve to lay bare the drama of human beings coping with the skills and devices that enable them to direct their machines through the vastness of the skies. With contributions from:

Orville and Wilbur Wright

-- Ernest K. Gann

-- Charles Lindbergh

-- Nevil Shute

-- Michael Collins

-- Richard Bach

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

-- Chuck Yeager

-- Tom Wolfe

-- General Curtis LeMay

-- A. Scott Crossfield

-- Rinker Buck

-- Diane Ackerman

-- Stephen Coonts

-- Pat Conroy

-- Derek Robinson

-- And more...

Author Notes

Lamar Underwood is a former Editor-in-Chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life magazines, and is presently Editorial Director of the Outdoor Magazines Group of Harris Publications in New York

Table of Contents

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.Lamar UnderwoodCharles A. LindberghMary S. LovellBeryl MarkhamGeneral Chuck Yeager and Leo JanosTom WolfeErnest K. GannRinker BuckLaurence GonzalesRichard BachDiane AckermanLen DeightonDerek RobinsonBrian D. O'NeillJames SalterDouglas C. WallerJerome Greer ChandlerSandy Purl and Gregg LewisErnest K. Gann
Frontispiece: High Flightp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Toward the Unknownp. 1
The Spirit of St. Louisp. 3
Amelia Earhart and the Flight That Failedp. 17
West With the Nightp. 31
The Sound Barrierp. 43
Orbitp. 57
Part 2 Pilots in Commandp. 79
"Dooley"p. 81
Flight of Passagep. 101
Approachesp. 117
Stranger to the Groundp. 137
On Extended Wingsp. 151
Part 3 The Wings of Warp. 167
Winter's Morningp. 169
Piece of Cakep. 181
Black Thursday: The Second Schweinfurt Attack, October 14, 1943p. 197
Along the Yalup. 229
Carrier Qualp. 241
An Airman's Letter to His Motherp. 273
Part 4 Sound of Impactp. 277
Fire & Rainp. 279
Am I Alive?p. 299
Tragedy and Escapep. 313
About the Editorp. 331
Permissions Acknowledgmentsp. 333