Zero 3 Bravo: Solo Across America in a Small Plane

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 21, 1994 - Travel - 384 pages
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With all the exhilaration that comes from being up in the sky alone, with the warmth that comes from being on the ground with the people at small airports, Mariana Gosnell tells the story of her three-month adventure in her single-engine tailwheel airplane, Zero Three Bravo. The adventure began on a hot summer day when "the city seemed particularly punishing to body and spirit." Enticed by the ribbon of sky that she could see from her office window high above Manhattan, she decided to fly her small plane solo across the country and back. Taking a leave from her job, and packing all the clothes, charts, and emergency equipment that she could squeeze into her Luscombe Silvaire (a Model 8F built in 1950, with two seats, high wings, and a 95-horsepower engine), she sets out to fly from one small airport to another around the United States. We're with her in the cockpit, sharing the excitements, sights, and even the techniques of flying, as she cruises low, navigating almost solely by landmarks, maneuvering through rain and winds, and always delighting in the ever-changing panorama below. From her home airport in Spring Valley, New York, she heads south to North Carolina and Georgia, west across Texas to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and back again over the Rockies and the plains and farms of the Midwest. Along the way with her, we meet the dreamers, tinkerers, escapists, loners, and ordinary folk who fly small planes for pleasure and for a living. They are cropdusters, fishspotters, Sunday pilots, banner towers, and the many others who are still attracted to the challenge of gypsying around the skies in a tiny craft. And we come to know the men and women who run or hang out around smallairports - a friendly fraternity of those who share a love of flying machines and a beckoning sky. Usually there's a big welcome in the little office, a few stories to be swapped, information given and received, hospitality tendered (a meal, a ride to town, a bed for the night) - a
  

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User Review  - Leslie Jenison - Goodreads

There is something so magical about this book. I read it when I was really flying a lot. I loved the romantic idea of taking my small airplane and flying low and slow over the country, stopping in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

I loved Mariana's descriptions of all the things she saw flying across the country in her small plane. I learned a lot! Read full review

Contents

Spring Valley
3
Rehoboth Beach
11
Safety CornerOcean City
21
Africa Accomack
36
Claxton Vidalia Peterson
72
Dawson
85
Luscombes Fairhope
95
Oklahoma CityAltus
147
Super Champ Gallup
176
Wahweap Cottonwood Stellar Three Point
201
El Mirage Santa Paula Los Angeles
215
San Francisco Tahoe
245
Crosby Birds
267
Mountain Home Stanley Old Baldy
277
Southern Butte Rexburg Jackson Hole
290
Lander Thermopois Black HilU
303

Flight Plan Carlsbad
157
FSS Sunland Santa Fe
167

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About the author (1994)

Mariana Gosnell is a former medicine reporter for "Newsweek," Her articles have appeared in many magazines, including "Smithsonian" and "National Wildlife," She is the author of "Zero Three Bravo: Solo Across America in a Small Plane."
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