Prelude To Afghanistan

Prelude To Afghanistan

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This story began long ago in the back seat of a Harvard WWII trainer, and ended years later in the cockpit of an Airbus A320. In between, the author flew World War II cargo airplanes in the Arctic, crop-dusted and crashed in Idaho, flew whore-house charters to Nevada in a DC-3, DC-6a€™s and DC-7a€™s across the Pacific and Atlantic. He had a closet full of uniforms when, in 1966, he was hired by Pan Am a€“ The Worlda€™s Most Experienced Airline. Twenty-three years later, the once-proud airline was on its knees. Fortune blessed him again, and he took up residence in southern France, employed as an instructor and test pilot with Airbus Industrie. This is a fictional account of some of that journey a€“ the central player, Clay Hutchinson. We see Clay: Confronting inauspicious beginnings and frequent, humbling failures. We see him crawling out of a dark hole, and setting off on a long trip, learning along the way how to become a better human being. This is a recollection of an unfinished journey during which, Clay discovers Afghanistan. And there, he grows up a little. Not entirely. Never entirely.The PA-11 had no radio and no instrumentsa€”other than an RPM and oil pressure gauge. The fuel ... Then, and only then, did he see the wire. The fuel gauge. It hung pathetically on the fuel filler cap. Clay was about to run out of gas. No wayanbsp;...

Title:Prelude To Afghanistan
Author: John G. Bigelow
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2013-03-06

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