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Skytrucker: Incidents, accidents and romantic attachments gathered over forty years in Aviation [Paperback]

Allen Murray
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29 Sep 2002
Air travel is an almost essential part of everyday life. A significant proportion of travelers are curious about what is actually happening on the flight deck. This book, based on forty years of personal experiences, takes the reader into the cockpit. Written in a humorous style, it relates incidents, accidents and some romantic attachments. The narrative includes the transport of a complete circus, a period spent flying for an African mining company, a brush with Nigerian authorities and a glimpse of the beginnings of the Package Holiday business.

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Club Press (29 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595247296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595247295
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello and welcome to my Amazon page. Please try to stay awake for as long as you can but if overcome by weariness, please try not to snore.
Until quite recently, I was heavily involved in aviation both Military and Civilian both as pilot and as an engineer.
My first book, Skytrucker, relates a number of incidents and a few personal experiences whilst engaged in the defiance of gravity and is offered to the reader in a somewhat light-hearted manner although a few of those experiences had a rather profound effect on my subsequent life.
A second work has been in progress for some time and is intended to show how airlines and tour operators view their clients. I have received dire warnings about the probable consequences to my person, should this work ever be on sale. The working title for this book is "How to Survive the Package Holiday" The information contained therein will answer questions such as "What do they mean - A short delay?" and "What on earth is in this sandwich?"
Watch this space and thank you for your kindness in reading my page!

I am always happy to receive emails from readers, aviation enthusiasts or anyone and I WILL respond. skytrucker87@gmail is the address. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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About the Author

Allen Murray joined the Royal Air Force straight from school and has worked with aircraft ever since. He trained as an engineer then as a pilot and flying instructor. After leaving the RAF he worked for several airlines both in England and overseas. He lives with his wife Anne in Essex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars chocks Away! 24 Jan 2003
I turned page one with an open mind. Aviation leaves me cold. By the end of chapter one I was hooked. There's plenty of technical lingo in there for the areoliterary inclined, but I never once became bored by it. I'd even go so far as to say I learned a thing or two. This book follows the author through military training, passed years of interesting flying jobs, until he becomes the captain of the big commercial flights. It's funny, romantic, and interesting without being heavy. Reading 'Skytrucker' is like reading someone's personal diary and feeling as though you know the author by the final page. I wasn't sure about this book when I got it, but if I hadn't read it I'd have missed out on a cracking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Feb 2013
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A magnificently well written account of the life of a true flyer. Crop spraying, instructor, airline pilot and of course Skytrucker. Very difficult to put down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 29 Jan 2013
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A book I found Interesting and sometimes funny, For the price a darn good read even if you have little interest in aviation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 18 Jan 2013
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Very good book how this man is not dead i do not know! Great inside into flying and planes, and about what happens when thing go wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 28 Dec 2012
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Anyone who has an interest in aviation should like this book apart from the professional aviators who will probably pick holes in it and find it boring. The book appears to be a novel based on fact and experience and it is British based, which makes it more interesting to us Brits. There is enough technical info about the aircraft and the flying without it becoming like a tech manual. The author has a nice easy to read style. It's not a gripping novel but nice to put down and pick up later. Each chapter is like a short story but it all fits together. I enjoyed the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skytrucker 28 Jan 2003
This book is not perfect! It'll never win the Booker! BUT it is a bloody good read! It is not the sort of book I would normally buy. In the tradition of James Herriot of old with all the vet stuff, Allen Murray introduces us to the world of flying and tells us more than we would ever think we'd need to know about it. I sucked it in greedily.
When the book arrived from Amazon. I nonchalantly left it sitting on a side table. The next day, I was sipping a cup of tea, and idly picked it up, not expecting much. The next thing I knew I was on Chapter 10, my wife was calling me, and my tea was cold! I finished it in two more sittings.
To borrow a phrase - Just Read It!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skytrucker ace of flies 13 Jan 2003
This is a book that I would not normally have touched. I have very little interest in aviation. If I hadn't read this, I would have missed out on a cracking read. There's plenty in there for the avid plane hungry though, and surprisingly I didn't resent what Allen taught me about planes and flying. I know for instance that when you learn to land a plane safely you need a long table laced with beer, a strong stomach and no top attire. This book is written in a conversational way and autobiographically tracks the career of a young private wanting to fly. We follow him through the early years of his career, to him later becoming pilot of a huge commercial plane. There's romance ...several, humour and some charming interactions with some charming people ...and animals. Not one that I fancied on first glance but if this man of the skies releases another book in his earthed moments then I'll be buying it for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to dislike 12 Jan 2003
Anybody who has ever gone to an airshow or jetted off on holiday and asked themselves what it's really like to sit in the cockpit and fly a plane is going to love this book. There are still a few professions left with mystique, where we have niggling doubts if the people engaged in them are ordinary human beings who eat, sleep and make love like ourselves. Surgeons, assassins and airline pilots would come high on this list, and Allen Murray's book serves to put our mind at rest in the case of the last example. It is a humourous, whimsical account of what the flying business is all about, from learning to fly to cropdusting to ferrying pasengers across the oceans to emergency landings to coping with tidal quantities of elephant urine in the cargo bay of an antiquated freighter. This is a book written by a man who loves aviation, who loves life, and for whom the two are in fact more or less the same. Entertaining, informative, hilarious and at times even inspiring. The man and the book are completely impossible to dislike. I hope this one is the first of many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skytrucker
A fantastic insight into the world of a pilot. Well written with some funny light hearted wording. Looking forward to the next book. ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifetime of Flying
As a fan of avaition not a fanatic i really enjoyed this book. Its the story of a mans 40 years in aviation all the highs and lows, for me fascinating, and i read much of this book... Read more
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Published 7 months ago by philip holt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great aviation read
If the reader is ex airforce, ex airline or British aircraft industry the technical content alone is worth the read, add in the human interest side of the author's career and it's... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kenneth fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting anecdotes, but...
I should have read all the way to the end of the title..."...and romantic attachments...". These have no place in a book about aircraft and flying. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Allen takes us back to a time when pilots were real pilots and passengers were nervous!!
This is the guy I'd love to sit down with in a bar, buy him a few points and just to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Biertonscout
4.0 out of 5 stars Dave
An excellent read. Just wish flight training was cheaper now and jobs easier to come by. New technology is gradually diminishing the need for pilots and more automation will take... Read more
Published 12 months ago by david holliday
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Excellent read. Gives the reader an insight into a pilot's life and working day. There are some funny parts to this book.
Published 12 months ago by Chris Page
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Writing my first review, as this is one of the most endearing books I've read. It's as though I have spent many evenings sat listening to an old friend tell me stories of high... Read more
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