Flight of Passage: A True Story

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Hyperion, May 27, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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In the Summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - two teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Cub airplane for $300, rebuilt it, and piloted it on a record breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio, because they couldn't afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic air crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive. The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery; as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence and encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of smalltown cafes, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves, too - as Kern, the meticulous, dedicated visionary; and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can. Most of all, Flight of Passage is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These two young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of two young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a book about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is exploredwith a storytelling power that is both brave and rare.
 

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In 1966, the 15-year-old author and his 17-year-old brother flew across the United States in a Piper Cub. This book recalls their adventure, from conceiving the idea, persuading their father to allow ... Read full review

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In July 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck flew a Piper Cub from New Jersey to California, becoming--at ages 15 and 18, respectively--the youngest pilots then to cross the country. This abridged version ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
6
Section 4
12
Section 5
21
Section 6
34
Section 7
51
Section 8
63
Section 19
151
Section 20
169
Section 21
191
Section 22
207
Section 23
224
Section 24
238
Section 25
247
Section 26
254

Section 9
65
Section 10
75
Section 11
84
Section 12
89
Section 13
102
Section 14
108
Section 15
114
Section 16
122
Section 17
130
Section 18
140
Section 27
275
Section 28
288
Section 29
304
Section 30
316
Section 31
319
Section 32
330
Section 33
338
Section 34
348
Section 35
353
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About the author (1998)

Rinker Buck began his career as a reporter for The Berkshire Eagle in western Massachusetts. He then worked for New York, Life, and Adweek magazines, and his articles and columns have appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers. Flight of Passage is his first book. He and his wife, Amelia de Neergaard, live with their two daughters in Cornwall, Connecticut.

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