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Flying: The Aviation Trilogy (Scribner Classics) [Hardcover]

Richard Bach , Machelle M. Seibel
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1 Oct 2003 Scribner Classics
Here for the first time in a single volume are three of Richard Bach's most compelling works about flight. From his edgy days as a USAF Alert pilot above Europe in an armed F84-F Thunderstreak during the Cold War to a meander across America in a 1929 biplane, Bach explores the extreme edges of the air, his airplane, and himself in glorious writing about how it feels to climb into a machine, leave the earth, and fly. Only a handful of writers have translated their experiences in the cockpit into books that have mesmerized generations.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743247477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743247474
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 18 April 2013
By Peter
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I was just loosing the hope of buying these novels of R. Bach as they are all coming from the earlier period of his writings. After an extensive search I found this book - a very neat collection of three aviation-related novels.
R. Bach is knowingly an aviation enthusiast and that's what coming through these books as well - the charming personal point of view, all the reflections to the barnstorming lifestyle he was involved in, the freedom triggered by flying these planes, lots of meditation and the tenderly loving care towards the aircraft.
Full of spirit, travels of the mind.
Well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love flying. . .or love someone who loves flying. . .this is the book to get 21 Jun 2006
By William R. Forstchen - Published on Amazon.com
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This work is an "omnibus" edition of Richard Bach's three great classics on flying. Readers familiar with Bach tend to think of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (any of us in college in the 70s remember that one!) but long before Jonathan took wing, Bach had his own flying adventures, first as a military pilot during the early years of the cold war, and then, remarkably as a "barnstormer" flying an antique plane around the country. These three books recount those adventures of his earlier years.

I first discovered them when learning to fly in my early twenties. Time, circumstances, life in general took me away from my passion of flying until recently, when I again took to the air in a light weight aircraft and am just about finished with restoring a light weight replica of a P-51 Mustang. I fell back into Bach's works and discovered, yet again, all the wonderful memories, and yes, telling me as well about why, after a bit of a gut tightening moment when something doesn't feel right with the plane, I take a deep breath and behold, there is the splendor of the world below me at dawn, the beauty of circling a cloud that no one, before or ever after, will see as I now see it, and that sweet sense of being one with my plane as I slide into final approach and touch the earth again.

If you love flying, this is your book. If you love someone who loves flying (and can't figure out exactly why they do such crazy things!) buy this book, read it, get the insights, then hand it over to the pilot who will be thrilled that you now "understand."

I am delighted that Bach's three great works are back out there again in this single edition.

Bill in North Carolina

co-owner of a Loehle P-51 Mustang "Gloria Ann III"
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4.0 out of 5 stars hear it from Huck 14 Dec 2008
By Paul M. Huckelberry - Published on Amazon.com
I am a pilot who up until this year hadn't flown in over twenty years. Reading this book opened my eyes again to my love of flying and the spiritual freedom I have enjoyed by my time in the air. Because of this book I have once again started flying. But the book is more than just flying. It is about finding out what is important to you -REALLY important and finding the courage to look beyond all of the excuses for not following your dream. Trust the universe and do what you were meant to do!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Aviation Trilogy (Scribner Classics) by Richard Bach 3 May 2013
By Allene Whalen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed reading Richard Bach's books for many years. While reading The Aviation Trilogy, I feel as though i'm in the cockpit wth him.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a gift it's a hit! 10 Nov 2006
By Mary A. Earhart - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book as a gift for my son who is taking flying lessons and working at a small airport. I had read Bach's stories separately and liked them all. My son loved it! It makes a lovely gift.
3.0 out of 5 stars Air Craft and the Writing Craft 13 Nov 2013
By The SkyWriter - Published on Amazon.com
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Here we have a three-some of aviation tales from Jonathan Livingston Seagull author and flyer Richard Bach. Bach's trilogy begins with a mission across peacetime Europe in an Air Force F-84, to deliver documents to a certain high-ranking officer. In standard Bach fashion, the flight is explained, expounded, extrapolated and explored through the eyes of a man infatuated with his craft, both Air Craft and writing craft. Bach doesn't board the airplane; he steps inside the machine, wraps himself in it, becomes one with the guts and grit and metallic gadgetry that appears to anyone not in love with flying to be a simple airplane.
Bach writes with the deft pen of someone who knows the value of panache, and the peril of overcompensation. In other words, he writes much like a skilled pilot flies his craft. He prepares his flight plan as an outline; he takes off with descriptions of that segment of flying that places readers in his cockpit; he cruises across the night sky with ease, enters storm clouds like a pro and exits them into safety, bringing readers along. Reading Bach is like taking a fearful plane ride, assured of a safe and gentle outcome.
Most of the book traces Bach's Great American Flying Circus, his barnstorming tour in 1966 accomplished in his Detroit-Parks biplane. Despite two significant accidents that summer, close calls in several places and finally wrecking the airplane on Interstate 80 of all places, Bach closes the book with yet more description of the convergence of aviation and good fortune. He claims there are no accidents in the universe. When assistance arrives not once but twice, in places, at times, under circumstances and by the only people who could possibly help, Bach says, "I rest my case."
The book drags only when the narrator gets involved in his own needs, his nutrition, poor cash flow, sleeping arrangements and the de rigeur advertising for paying passengers. In other words, the low points of the book equate to the ground episodes. Once Bach is airborne, the writing soars as well. This is a satisfying addition to the Richard Bach aviation opus, and a welcome title on any aviation reader's shelf.
Byron Edgington, author of The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life
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