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14 Days to Alaska: Two Brothers in a 57-Year-Old Airplane Fly the Ultimate Cross Country Flight Training Adventure Paperback – February 16, 2012
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As a connoisseur of grass roots aviation narrative, I think Hamon is perfectly on target with the level of detail in his account of the flying, and let's face it: This book appeals mainly to pilots, so it has to be fairly accurate without being mundane, and has to avoid the generalizations that might be required for the layman, and yet everything is explained to just the right extent for the uninitiated. Hamon pulls it off well, and it's enjoyable to read.
Highly suggested read for any pilot who has dreamed of, or even already made the great voyage to Alaska, and enjoys reliving their early days as a pilot.
The most delightful aspect of the adventure to me, a former teacher, was watching Troy develop into a pilot. He is open to learning, even enthusiastic about it. He is positive, honest, and genuine, the type of student teachers enjoy.
Troy's asides are a great source of comic relief from the tension that you find in the story during the flight:
"With this positive (-ly delusional . . .) frame of mind, I looked out the window. I didn't see evidence of massive frost layers like yesterday. So far, so good. We got our stuff together and headed down to breakfast again. As we stepped outside we found . . . frost. But this time the frost wasn't the thick white kind, it was a thin layer on top of solid ice. As if it was a little frost on top of freezing rain. Not what I had in mind."
And that's the personable way the story's told. Language flows along as if you were sitting somewhere listening to the adventure over coffee, relaxed, comfortable, hanging on interest-grabbing tales of the flight. When the story ends, you want more. You've met a new pilot, a character you won't forget, and one you hope to hear from again.
from mid America to a far away location such as Alaska was very exciting to read about. All in all I would make a flight to Alaska using this book as an excellent reference. I own an fly a PA 22/20 and could identify flight characteristics that this book identified. I highly recommend this book....an excellent read.
Was inspirational enough to encourage me to attempt to do the same thing.
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I enjoyed this story. It resonated with my own itch to travel and fly, visiting remote places most don't see.Published 13 months ago by Jay L Sperl
Great if you are a pilot. I've worked as a pilot in Alaska and liked it. If you're not a pilot the detail will not be very interesting to you.Published 13 months ago by Carl Baxter
Interesting Journey of 2 brothers who flew to Alaska and their adventure of crossing the nation and journeying to the North country.Published 17 months ago by don anthony
It has pages, those pages have words. Those words tell a coherent (in the loosest definition of the word) story so it passes the "is this a book" test. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Tayma Walker