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Flying: The Aviation Trilogy (Scribner Classics) Hardcover – Special Edition, 26 Apr 2011
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The New York Times A classic of men who sail the upper regions of the earth.
About the Author
Richard Bach, a former USAF pilot, gypsy barnstormer, and airplane mechanic, is the author of fifteen books. This, his fourth book, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has continued to inspire millions for decades. His website is RichardBach.com.See all Product description
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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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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
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"