By Anthony J. Vallone
In the past due Seventies and during the Nineteen Eighties the call for for gentle airplane eclipsed whatever visible earlier than or in view that. This created the necessity for a small air strength of pilots—ferry pilots—willing to fly hundreds of thousands of planes to consumers in each nook of the globe. Long-range solo flying isn't for everybody, and it attracted a solid of eccentric, unforgettable mavericks who flew from one misadventure to the subsequent, scuffling with storms, desolate tract winds, airplane malfunctions, primitive navigational aids, loneliness, chemical imbalances, and unsafe 3rd international politics. a few carried on foreign scams and amorous affairs, a few have been misplaced at sea, a few imprisoned through African despots. They’re all right here, defined with humor and excessive drama by way of one in every of their very own, a survivor with extraordinary bear in mind, a knack for distinguishing personality from bluster, and an excellent ear for discussion and aviation lore.
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