North Star Over My Shoulder: A Flying Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 3, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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Captain Robert N. Buck retired from TWA after having flown well over two thousand Atlantic crossings and thirty-seven years of service as chief pilot and director of thunderstorm research. During World War II he was engaged in weather research for the U.S. Air Corps, for which he was awarded, as a civilian, the Air Medal by President Harry Truman. More recently, Buck has worked with the International Civil Aviation Organization -- the UN's body for aviation -- to develop a new plan of world airspace.
In North Star over My Shoulder, Bob Buck tells of a life spent up and over the clouds, and of the wonderful places and marvelous people who have been a part of that life. He captures the feel, taste, and smell of flying's great early era -- how the people lived, what they did and felt, and what it was really like to be a part of the world as it grew smaller and smaller. A terrific storyteller and a fascinating man, Bob Buck has turned his well-lived life into a delightful memoir for anyone who remembers when there really was something special in the air.
 

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A real gem of a book. Bob Buck started flying as a young man in the 1920s and soon became well known due to some record making flights, including breaking the junior transcontinental record and for a ... Read full review

North star over my shoulder: a flying life

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A former chief pilot for TWA and the holder of a world distance record for light planes, Buck is also the author of Weather Flying, a classic text for pilots. Here he describes his long life in ... Read full review

Contents

Night Flight
13
Hooked
41
Records
51
CoEducation
68
Apprentice Time
91
Early Airplanes and How We Flew Them
105
Way Out West
126
Copilot Days and Nights
146
Distractions and Adventure
245
Chief
257
Around the World
269
A Brief Debriefing
284
Chance of a Lifetime
290
Back on the Line
316
Paris and Beyond
325
A Summons from Howard Hughes
346

Checkout
160
Captain Buck
172
The Battle of Presque Isle
184
Intercontinental
194
Across the North Atlantic
207
Two Kind Words
222
Flights of Fancy with a Purpose
237
Farewell to Propellers and All That Drove Them
360
SST or Not SST
391
Home and Above
399
Around the WorldUpside Down
405
Grand Dame
416
Fin
427
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About the author (2005)

Bob Buck is the author of four previous books, including Weather Flying and The Pilot's Burden. He lives in Fayston, Vermont, with his wife, Jean.

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