CAPTAIN is an adventure into the world of aviation. It follows the career of an airline captain from his first solo through the first three years of his airline career. It follows his struggles, his disappointments, his mistakes, and his quest for constant improvement. The book is in the form of a letter the captain writes to his grandson. Although the work is fiction, it is based on many actual events. The account of his career is continued up to the night before his death in CAPTAIN II (August 2004.)
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