Airplanes, Women, and Song: Memoirs of a Fighter Ace, Test Pilot, and Adventurer

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Syracuse University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Sergeivsky dictated this lively and personal memoir in 1934 when he and Charles Lindbergh were about to set eight world records in a giant Pan American Clipper. It also details many exciting and historic events of his life from his time as a Russian infantry fighter to his worldwide pioneering flights.
  

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Contents

Out of the Blue
2
Sergievsky flies the Chilean S38 over Central America 1931
3
Sergievsky an expert horseman clears a high jump
5
Kira and Orest Sergievskys two children
7
Boris and Gertrude Sergievsky with their daughter Kira 1940
8
A RUSSIAN YOUTH
17
A map of the Eastern Front in World War I
36
WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS 2
38
Lt Shudnovsky killed when he collided with a German aircraft
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A Nieuport 21 fighter on its back after a rough landing
92
REVOLUTION AND UPHEAVAL
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Sergievsky during his service as a Royal Air Force flying instructor
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Sergievsky and Russian prisoners in Poland 1921
118
ON TO NEW WORLDS
123
Sergievsky and other Russian workers in front of the Sikorsky S29A
126
The sole Sikorsky S32 which Sergievsky flew over Colombia
127

Russian troops enter Lemberg on September 31914
43
Sergievsky receives his colonels Order of Saint George
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Tsar Nicholas II and his uncle Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholaevich
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Sergievsky and members of the 25th Scouting Squadron 1916
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WAR IN THE AIR
71
his June 61916 battle
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Sergievskys FAI license as a PiloteAviateur issued in 1917
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Sergievsky with his Frenchdesigned Russianbuilt Nieuport 17 fighter
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Sergievsky and squadron mates visit nurses at a field hospital
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Sergievsky in Colombia 1928
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FLYING FOR SIKORSKY OVER TWO CONTINENTS
147
FLIGHT OVER AFRICA
183
FROM A WORLDS FAIR TO WORLD RECORDS
211
FLYING ON
228
NOTES
261
INDEX
269
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About the author (1999)

Allan Forsyth is a freelance editor and writer. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, he has edited several books about aviation and twentieth-century history, including The Chinese Communist Air Force and End of a War. He lives in New York.

Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti-government newspaper in South Africa and worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964. He began his journalism career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Then he worked for ten years as a magazine editor and writer, at Ramparts and Mother Jones, which he co-founded. He has also written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His first book, Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son, was published in 1986. His other books include The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey; The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin; Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels; King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves; and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. He teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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