Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight

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Pantheon Books, 1998 - Transportation - 240 pages
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William Langewiesche's life has been deeply intertwined with the idea and act of flying. Fifty years ago his father, a test pilot, "wrote Stick and Rudder, a text still considered by many to be the bible of aerial navigation. Langewiesche himself learned to fly while still a child. Now he shares his pilot's-eye view of flight with those of us who take flight for granted--exploring the inner world of a sky that remains as exotic and revealing as the most foreign destination.
Langewiesche tells us how flight happens--what the pilot sees, thinks, and feels. His description is not merely about speed and conquest. It takes the form of a deliberate climb, leading at low altitude first over a new view of a home, and then higher, into the solitude of the cockpit, through violent storms and ocean nights, and on to unexpected places in the mind.
In Langewiesche's hands it becomes clear, at the close of this first century of flight, how profoundly our vision has been altered by our liberation from the ground. And we understand how, when we look around, we may find ourselves reflected in the grace and turbulence of a human sky.

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User Review  - michaelm42071 - LibraryThing

William is apparently the son of Wolfgang, who wrote Stick and Rudder, and is a staff writer for Atlantic Monthly. In the first section, “The View from Above,” L. declares his belief “that flight’s ... Read full review

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User Review  - ABVR - LibraryThing

Subtitle notwithstanding, this is less a meditation on flight than a collection of articles about it. The articles vary in subject matter, tone, and--to be honest--success. Langewiesche, a regular ... Read full review

Contents

The View from Above
3
The Strangers Path
27
The Turn
56
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

William Langewiesche is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.  A professional pilot for many years, he is the author of Cutting for Sign and Sahara Unveiled (both available from Vintage Books). He lives in California.

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