Top positive review
on 11 August 2017
I first read this book many years ago as a young airman, and it was the first aviation book I re-read upon retiring recently - I had forgotten how good it was.
Gann's experience spanned the dawn of commercial aviation, and in honesty his description of some of the technology is a little dated - piston-engine flying and radio ranges will mean little to today's generation of jet-jockeys, accustomed to having aids like TCAS, GPS and ground-prox radar to shield them from mistakes, both human and mechanical.
However, Gann's descriptions of the unadulterated joy of flying are timeless, as are his portrayals of the gut-wrenching fear which bad weather can instill, or the sadness induced by the loss of comrades who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Any pilot who flies for long enough will come to know of all these things, and many more, but few indeed have written about them as eloquently.