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Honey, I Bought an Airplane: Stories, Histories and Recollections of 597 Flights in the Midwest [Paperback]

Bob Hechlinski
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20 July 2012
No one else ever took a trip like this. Nearly 600 trips, actually. "But who cares," I thought, when first approached to edit the manuscript for this book "... about flying into every little airport in Indiana, then moving on to those in surrounding states?" Pilots? Perhaps. Even so ... I'm a writer, not a pilot. And Bob Hechlinski is a pilot - not a writer. Except ... Bob has an insatiable curiosity about people, places, events, you name it. To him, an airport is more than a name or a spot on a map. He's a great listener. He has ears and eyes for detail - "nuggets" that many people either overlook or don't connect with other nuggets like dots on a page, to create picture after picture after picture. And Bob has a gift for gab. "Storytelling," if you will. So if you believe (as I do) that "writing is talking when you can't be there," give this book a listen. Hear things you never knew about John Dillinger, Al Capone, a WWII pilot named O'Hare ... back-road encounters on Mackinac Island and not flying under the bridge ... out-maneuvering storm clouds ... the Oshkosh air show ... close-knit neighborhoods with hangar-garages ... airports in Ohio ... police in Gary, Indiana ... the link between Northwestern University and a historic Lake Michigan passenger-ferry tragedy ... how a teenager's Happy Birthday flight launched a career ... and more. Much more. Some people read books from page 1; the opening line hooks them. Others check the ending first. ("If I like how it ends, I'll like getting there.") With 'Honey,' feel free to start in the middle; pick a page - any page. Chances are, you will quickly be drawn in and pulled onward from one mini-tale to the next. And at some point, you'll say "Geez, let's go back and read the rest!" I did. C'mon along for the ride. Bob makes even the shortest hop a fun trip. Richard E. Schingoethe

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (20 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146343992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463439927
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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B O B H E C H L I N S K I is a product of South Bend, Indiana. Born in 1941, his parochial education was halted at age seventeen. At graduation from High school, he was faced with a serious job shortage. The military, however, seemed to be a practical ste

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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of turbulence, but worth the trip... 3 Jan 2013
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
- The Good -
Bob Hechlenski has produced a very personal account with many interesting tidbits about small craft aviation - what it is like to have your own plane. Did you ever wonder why major airports don't have lots of small planes jetting around? Hechlinski tells you. Did you know that not all airports have paved runways? How is it to land a plane on a strip of grass that may have groundhog holes (a la `Caddyshack' minus the Bill Murray)? Just how many airports are there, anyway? Hechlinski takes you on a little experienced tour of a unique part of American byways. He also includes his own life and experiences, as well as the reasons why he gave up flying, in a touching manner.

- The Bad -
The book is advertised as one where you can open it at any point and read, because the stories aren't told in a way that requires one to flow into the other. This is not always a good point - details might be missed from prior stories. This is particularly apparent when geography gets in the way; Beliot has the world's prettiest airport, according to Hechlinski (and their own marketing material), but it took me a while to figure out where this was, since the state name isn't clearly identified.

- The Ugly -
Being a self-published text, this suffers from the same problems as most self-published texts. There are typos and grammar errors on most every page. Also, the book uses lots of jargon and acronyms that are not commonplace to people outside the flying field. Better editing both for style and mechanics would be helpful should this have another edition.

On the whole, this is a book that has much to recommend it, and some things that will make reading it a bumpy ride. But it is worthwhile, and as others have noted, can make a good gift for the right person.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of turbulence, but worth the trip... 3 Jan 2013
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
- The Good -
Bob Hechlenski has produced a very personal account with many interesting tidbits about small craft aviation - what it is like to have your own plane. Did you ever wonder why major airports don't have lots of small planes jetting around? Hechlinski tells you. Did you know that not all airports have paved runways? How is it to land a plane on a strip of grass that may have groundhog holes (a la `Caddyshack' minus the Bill Murray)? Just how many airports are there, anyway? Hechlinski takes you on a little experienced tour of a unique part of American byways. He also includes his own life and experiences, as well as the reasons why he gave up flying, in a touching manner.

- The Bad -
The book is advertised as one where you can open it at any point and read, because the stories aren't told in a way that requires one to flow into the other. This is not always a good point - details might be missed from prior stories. This is particularly apparent when geography gets in the way; Beliot has the world's prettiest airport, according to Hechlinski (and their own marketing material), but it took me a while to figure out where this was, since the state name isn't clearly identified.

- The Ugly -
Being a self-published text, this suffers from the same problems as most self-published texts. There are typos and grammar errors on most every page. Also, the book uses lots of jargon and acronyms that are not commonplace to people outside the flying field. Better editing both for style and mechanics would be helpful should this have another edition.

On the whole, this is a book that has much to recommend it, and some things that will make reading it a bumpy ride. But it is worthwhile, and as others have noted, can make a good gift for the right person.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Trip! 26 Aug 2012
By Paul R. Brugger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bob and I live several time zones apart. On those all-too-rare occasions when we have gotten together, I have enjoyed immensely the opportunity of listening to his stories for hours at a time. His stories may at first seem to be about places and events, but they are really about people. And people are the most interesting beings on this planet. Bob brings to life the people he has met. Reading "Honey I Bought an Airplane" is like being with Bob on these trips. It is like meeting these interesting and entertaining people in person. It is the next best thing to actually being there!
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok - but predictable 7 Feb 2013
By Pete Farner, GP, TGap Ventures - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nothing novel or compelling. Good "hangar stories" . I cant imagine non-pilots enjoying this book. I love Indiana though! Thanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop reading! 28 Dec 2012
By pj - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
According to the back of this book, you can start reading at the end, the middle, or the beginning. My Dad did all three! I gave it to him as a Christmas gift and two days later he was done. I heard him chuckling out loud a few times so I know he enjoyed it:)
4.0 out of 5 stars Many books in one 5 Oct 2012
By H. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When this book arrived in hardback, I laughed, I cried, then I put down the invoice and started to read the book itself . It was a joy. I learned a lot about the fun of owning small aircraft, but I also learned many things I wasn't expecting to learn like Midwest history, military history, economic development, geography and even railroads. The author's broad background of experiences are well integrated into an enjoyable read though I found it useful to jot a few notes down on occasion for further research later. That was a hidden treat in this book, because doing this had the effect of greatly increasing my enjoyment. I knew little about any of these subjects before reading "Honey...", but have been able to weave several nuggets of new knowledge into my conversations at work and play. If this is the author's first work, I hope he's planning a sequel, because I'm sure there are a lot more stories for him to tell.
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