Alligators, Freight Trains & Near Flying Disasters: How to Fly an Airplane Backwards, and How to Lose Over 18 Engines and Live to Retire Or Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

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AuthorHouse, Feb 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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Down through the years with my unusual amount of engine failures, over 18, most pilots with total engine failures usually died. Also, how many 16 year old teenagers have thumbed and hopped the freight trains to see the states from coast to coast and border to border, starting with a twenty dollar bill? Not only is this an interesting, fun read, but it has some simple rules that help to keep pilots in general aviation alive, even the best. Before retiring from the airline, I met a flight instructor that had instructed at the same airport in Monroeville years before. He was an excellent pilot. He told me he was ferrying airplanes all over the world, even single engine aircraft. I was amazed that he would fly over the ocean to reach some of the countries with a single engine airplane. The last thing I asked him, "What will you do if the engine quits?" He just laughed. A few years later his picture was on the front page of a Pittsburgh newspaper. He was flying near the Canary Islands and his engine quit. They never found him. So, if you have any pilot friends, you may want to give them a copy of this book if only to read the chapter on, "Staying Alive."
 

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Contents

Oh no not again
11
The freight train caper was Bob Hopes fault
27
Mount Fujiyama
43
My chittychitty bangbang
59
An extremely close call
73
How to fly an airplane backwards
86
TheP38
101
Oops lost something
115
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