Flights of Adventure explores the
exciting, often harrowing lifestyles of
commercial pilots, military pilots, wingwalkers, and women and men who brave the elements in the most barren places on earth.
This collection of true stories takes readers flying in World War II, across North America, to the ice of Antarctica, and over the deserts of Africa.
The romance of human flight is embedded in our national psyche. Who hasn't daydreamed of soaring above a South American rainforest, landing a floatplane on a pristine Alaskan lake, or piloting a commercial airliner?
US National Aerobatic
Champion, Patty Wagstaff writes about Flights of
Flights of Adventure
is a collection of real-life adventures to stir
the blood of anyone who loves aviation.
This book covers a wide variety of experiences,
from wingwalking to notable female pilots like
Marion Hodgson, who changed the history of women
forever. This is a close as you can get to
experiencing aerial adventure while keeping your
feet firmly planted on the ground.
-- Patty Wagstaff.
Patty Wagstaff is the first woman to win the
title of US National Aerobatic champion and one
of the few people to win it three times.
She is a six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic
Flights of Adventure
Ken Larson and Tom Holton
ďProfessional Pilots release stories of aerial adventure.Ē We know pilots are independent types with strong ideas and a desire for action. Most of all, they have stories to tell. Veteran pilots and authors Ken Larson and Tom Holton have collected and edited these stories for their book
Flights of Adventure.
The contributors to Flights of Adventure
provide their unique perspective of this
sometimes magical occupation of flying.
Carol Pilon routinely steps out
on the wings of a low flying airplane
where she is exposed to 160 mph winds.
Tom Holton faces a life or death decision while flying over a remote Peruvian town. Should he crash into the jungle canopy or ditch the plane into the Amazon River and risk death by piranha, crocodiles, or drowning?
Paul Derocher explores the bitter cold of Antarctica, flying scientific expeditions into the most inhospitable place on earth.
Ken Larson introduces Golma,
a heroic airplane, and her pilot in the
east African desert.
Ken Yamada was a non-flying passenger/turned navigator/turned thief/turned survivor on an airplane flight from hell. Sometimes itís better to be lucky than skilled.
Kevin Kasberg, naval officer and aviator, relates his near-death experiences over the Mediterranean Sea. What are the odds? He lost two engines on the same helicopter in one day. "All in a day's work," Kevin tells us.
takes readers into the harsh landscape
and dangers of Somalia as part of the
"Blackhawk Down" era, then into the
jungles of South America with a top
secret organization taking down drug
lord Pable Escobar.
Dr. Victor Sullivan
built an airplane, the VariEze, in his
living room. This was a family
project. The plane was a thing of
beauty and grace until a most fearful
daughter, takes a humorous look at life
with a father obsessed by airplanes as
she talks about women who love men who
Marion Hodgson, one of the first women in the WASP program during WWII, describes winning her wings and coping with men who didnít believe women should fly planes.