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Good, but sometimes difficult to read.
on 19 September 2012
This account of one man's flying career, from barnstorming to international multi-engine flights, gives one an idea of the circumstances for would-be non military pilots in the 1930's. It follows his career from novice through mail-flight pilot to his work for Air Transport Command and ends with his work for Trans-Oceanic Although this airline is not mentioned by name.
There is a exhaustive and engaging account of the attempts to locate, supply and ultimately rescue a colleague who has crash landed on an ice-floe between Canada and Greenland.
Mr Ganns writing tends towards the florid and overly precise which means the reader is obliged to concentrate fully if he is to get the full meaning of the phrasing. Sometimes this will necessitate reading the section again in order to fully understand what the author is trying to communicate. He effects to have used real names in the book, (surname only) except where using such would cause offence. However he sometimes goes out of his way to avoid mentioning the names of companies. One is known enigmatically throughout as the "The Steamship Airline", which according to his memiors was actually very good.
The dangerous nature of the enterprise is illustrated by the hundreds of names of aviators who now as he puts it, have their wings "forever folded".