A Journey With A Pilot

Book - 2015
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The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight--a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity--to the realm of the mundane. When most people today think of flying, they imagine tedious routines that involve security checkpoints, exorbitant baggage fees, shrinking legroom, and frustrating delays. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who gave up careers in academia and the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to re-imagine what we--both as pilots and as passengers--are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, family, and physics, the author vaults across geographical and cultural boundaries, above mountains, oceans, and deserts, through snow, wind, and rain, limning a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity which can afford us unparalleled perspectives on the planet we inhabit and the communities we form.
Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Vintage ,, 2015
ISBN: 9780701188672
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 23 cm.


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Dec 29, 2017

Very good read.

Jul 16, 2016

Ranging from poetic to practical -- what exactly are the wings doing during landing? -- the book will alter how you think about clouds and night and place.

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