History

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Allan T. Stein

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 200

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Allan T. Stein idolized his uncle, a pilot in the Great War. So in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, he left Texas A&M University for Lackland Air Field to learn to fly. By the time he retired in 1969, Stein had flown everything from BT-13s and B-24s to B-52s and C-47s. During World War II, he flew missions over China and the Sea of Japan, and by V-J Day, he had participated in eight campaigns and logged 347 hours in combat. Stein later spent one year in Vietnam as operations officer for the 360 TEWS (Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron), which used refitted C-47s to monitor and locate Vietcong units. He ended his career as inspector general of the Civil Air Patrol. Stein remembers drinking 10¢ beers in San Antonio and running an AT-17 into a dry lake bed outside Lubbock. He recalls a B-25 crashing into a stockade and a mission over the Atlantic that almost ended tragically due to bad weather and because his flight of B-47s could not refuel properly. During the 1940s, money was always short and the future uncertain, so he and his wife lived cheaply in cramped apartments and converted garages. Yet he recalls that the camaraderie among air force personnel and their families made those the best years of their lives. Stein considers himself to have been an ordinary airman, not a hero. But he was also a seasoned pilot and a conscientious officer with a strong sense of right and wrong. After a pilot he had trained and certified died in an accident, Stein made it a practice to fail all but the best candidates. He was just as disgusted with the corruption he encountered in the Civil Air Patrol as he was with the tendentious reporters he met in Saigon’s Hotel Caravelle. Although he met his share of cowards and scoundrels, Stein loved to fly and he loved the air force. He was the sort of officer his superiors trusted not to make mistakes, but he was not the sort to rise to high rank. What he offers here is an account of a typical career as an air force officer, complete with its frustrations, moral dilemmas, and the occasional harrowing experience.
Fiction

Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Travis Nichols

Publisher: Coffee House Press

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 269

View: 190

An “original and haunting” novel about two wars and two generations of men (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Pensive in the wake of 9/11, a young man launches a mission to reunite his beloved grandfather, an American bombardier, with Luddie, the woman who saved him during WWII. Armed only with the address on the back of an old photograph and his grandfather’s memories, the young man begins writing letters to Luddie. Undaunted by her lack of response, the narrator travels to Poland with his girlfriend and grandfather. As they come closer to finding the site where the bombardier was shot down, the letters to Luddie become more personal—and the saga of a family with a long and storied history emerges. Beautifully orchestrated and eloquently original, this is a tale of soldiers and saviors, of burning and bombing, of fathers and sons and brothers and lovers—and of what we find when we dare to revisit the past. “A rewarding experience.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Nichols handles beautifully the hidden meanings in old family tales heard a hundred times . . . The novel often reads like a piece of music that is wonderfully original.” —Publishers Weekly “A dramatically off-kilter debut novel about wars and the men who fight them . . . We see the Bombardier, an elderly Rotarian and former mayor of a small Midwestern town, rediscovering his youthful memories. His grandson’s bewilderment over what to do about the 9/11 attacks highlights the differences between then and now. There’s a lot of meaty material here.” —Kirkus Reviews
Biography & Autobiography

Clatter Off Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: John William Jones

Publisher: Austin Macauley

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 92

View: 627

This book shares the adventures and experiences of a middle-aged private pilot and his friends. These collections of autobiographical memoirs are an open door into a somewhat exclusive but less than perfect fraternity, with thousands of funny and not so funny stories to tell. An uncomplicated first-hand insight for those with only a passing interest in aviation or those who are unable to or are not bold enough to physically enter into the real world of flying. An entertaining read that will satisfy your intrigue, jangle the nerves and make you chuckle in equal quantities.
Hang gliders

Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder * Living Dangerously*

Author: John Quinn Olson

Publisher: Dust Devil Press

ISBN:

Category: Hang gliders

Page: 248

View: 141

Welcome to the adventures and misadventures from a quarter century of hang gliding and travel. Huck yourself off cliffs, soar into the Wild Blue, and land where no human has landed before, all from the comfort and safety of your easy chair. Visit exotic lands and foreign skies, experience the thrill of foot-launched human flight and never even risk your neck. Come along with a wild cast of characters, who fly like their lives depend upon it. Realize mankind's most ancient dream, FLY WITH THE BIRDS!
Fiction

Wild Blue Yonder

Author: William Price Fox

Publisher: Crane Hill Pub

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 235

View: 719

"A small town in South Carolina, circa 1943. Flunking out of high school, guilty of truancy and suspected of worse, 16-year-old Earl Edge is out of options. He can hang around and spend the rest of his life as a loser, or he can lie about his age and join the Air Corps."--Jacket.
Biography & Autobiography

Off I Went Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: John James Knudsen

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 824

One Army Air Corps soldierï s ordeals during World War II. Written in the personable voice of someone reflecting honestly on his lifeï s journey, this autobiography is full of anecdotes of a Depression-era Montana boyhood and culminates with the authorï s training for service as a B-17 pilot and subsequent role as a flight instructor.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Jeff Egerton

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 262

View: 377

The most comprehensive book on early airline history ever written. From their formative years to the jet age, it contains bios on key people in the industry as well as data on the major aircraft that made up the fleets. It also covers many airlines that didn't survive the dog-eat-dog world of airline star-ups. You will find out how airlines were started and prospered even though many people were afraid of flying and this was during the time of the Great Depression.Because the airlines evolved from the risky business of flying the mail, the history of air mail and the air mails acts are covered, including the infamous 12 day-long "Spoils Conference" that was either the breath of life or death knell, for every airline in the country.This book will answer such questions as: Who was the most famous pilot in the world in 1935? (Hint, he made the cover of the December 2nd issue of Time magazine, and it wasn't Lindbergh!)Which airline wrecked both of its planes on the day before it was supposed to inaugurate service?Why were there fist fights in the Douglas factory during the production of the DC-1, and how did Donald Douglas stop them?Which airline grew out of the air mail route that went from "nowhere to nowhere"?Which airline pilot carried seniority #1 for his entire career, and never flew co-pilot? Which airline had to bribe a pilot, who didn't even work for the airline, to make the first flight?
Fiction

Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder *Taking Mexico Flying*

Author: John Quinn Olson

Publisher: Dust Devil Press

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 231

Welcome to the adventures and misadventures from a quarter century of hang gliding and travel. Huck yourself off cliffs, soar into the Wild Blue, and land where no human has landed before, all from the comfort and safety of your easy chair. Visit exotic lands and foreign skies, experience the thrill of foot-launched human flight and never even risk your neck. Come along with a wild cast of characters, who fly like their lives depend upon it. Realize mankind's most ancient dream, FLY WITH THE BIRDS!
Community development, Urban

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Alexander Von Hoffman

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Community development, Urban

Page: 39

View: 303

World War, 1914-1918

Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Donald Clark

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 172

View: 308

Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Leah Campbell Badertscher

Publisher: Renascence Company

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 106

View: 196

What if your dreams and creative desires are a map to liberation and adventure, sent forth from the infinite expanse of your imagination, the "Wild Blue Yonder" of your own soul? Designed as a guide and friend for those seeking to unleash their creative genius and thrive, "Wild Blue Yonder" is a magical little book that combines poetry and simple but powerful prompts to help readers break free from a limited reality and live instead from the boundless world of the imagination. In the crafting these poems and prompts, Campbell-Badertscher draws not only on her own journey from being an attorney to creating a thriving life as an artist and writer, but also on over a decade's worth of experience mentoring other creatives to unleash their genius and build their dream lives as artists and creative human beings. Her work is founded on the philosophy that loving attention and energy given to the cultivation of an extraordinary way of being --in mind, body, and spirit - makes the extraordinary results we dream of inevitable. Creations therefore flow not just from what one does, but from who they have decided to become and then how they practice, build and live their way into that vision. This book is for artists who want to create their ideal creative life. It is for all creative people (that is to say then, all people) who want to break through to their own "Wild Blue Yonder" and experience a new, rich reality, one grounded in soul and the deepened sense of day-to-day well-being that creativity provides.
Mysticism

Eranos

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Mysticism

Page:

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