This is an action-packed, true adventure book that spans 35 years of airline flying. There are stories about transporting guns to Biafra in order to help the Independent Nigerians, flying cargo up and down the Berlin Air Corridor during the Cold War, as well as missions deep into Russia. Many of the stories in this book will put you on the edge of your seat; for example, when the author is forced to make a death-defying landing of a four-engine jetliner in total fog. During that landing, the runway never seen until the airplane is brought to a complete stop. This exciting book also chronicles treasure diving with frightening visits by man-eating sharks, exploring the anchorages off dreamy Caribbean beaches, and fly-fishing for huge trophy trout high in the Andes of Argentina. These true adventures are told in a series of fascinating short stories. Besides featuring dramatic and sometimes humorous tales of adventure, this information packed book also has a chapter on how to become an airline pilot and land that airline job. Finally, there is an inspirational message to be persistent, focused and never give up, even when faced with overwhelming odds.
©2012 Paul Jay Spivack (P)2015 P.J. Spivack
I am not a pilot (though a frequent flyer) and don't care for fishing, and that pretty much covers the two things this book is about. Yet I really enjoyed it!
Captain Spivack has a very easy to read style. Just technical enough to actually teach a few things, but light enough so no novice gets confused or lost.
Much is extremely humorous and frankly makes you understand why he is so glad his career ended up as it did.
The narrator did a good job of being Captain Spivack and his not overly serious manner added greatly to the somewhat irreverent text.
Been a frequent flyer for over 40 years so this memoir about a real pilots experience got my interest enough for me to purchase this.
His career spanned from the early era of sexy/glamorous stewardess just about up until today's no frills merger happy airline industry.
I found the book interesting and well written. If you have any interest in flying at all I recommend this book.
The narrator I also thought did a very good job.
You should read this book, it's very easy to read. Very informative if you're thinking about becoming an airline pilot. The ups and downs of airplane life are spoken about freely. It will give you all the information you need to make a confident decision.
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