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Cromwell Dixon was a boy aviator in name only; he was mature beyond his years. He saw America, and Montana, from a rare vantage point high in his aeroplane. Cromwell participated in the shaping of aviations beginnings, when all flying was stunt flying; he tested himself and his plane to tragic limits. Kidston explores with sensitivity and creativity the fast-paced life of a forgotten hero. --Richard Sims, director of the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana

Cromwell Dixon's tragically short life story is a tale of pure courage and skill that biographer Kidston handles with fondness, empathy, and a historian's reverence for detail. --Tom Harpole, Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine

The amazing young flyer Cromwell Dixon comes wonderfully to life in Martin Kidston's impassioned and meticulous account of Dixon s brief career. A terrific read. --Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover and Rima in the Weeds and professor of creative writing, University of Montana Missoula

Cromwell Dixon's tragically short life story is a tale of pure courage and skill that biographer Kidston handles with fondness, empathy, and a historian's reverence for detail. --Tom Harpole, Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine

The amazing young flyer Cromwell Dixon comes wonderfully to life in Martin Kidston's impassioned and meticulous account of Dixon s brief career. A terrific read. --Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover and Rima in the Weeds and professor of creative writing, University of Montana Missoula

Cromwell Dixon's tragically short life story is a tale of pure courage and skill that biographer Kidston handles with fondness, empathy, and a historian's reverence for detail. --Tom Harpole, Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine

The amazing young flyer Cromwell Dixon comes wonderfully to life in Martin Kidston's impassioned and meticulous account of Dixon s brief career. A terrific read. --Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover and Rima in the Weeds and professor of creative writing, University of Montana Missoula

About the Author

Martin Kidston graduated from the University of Montana-Missoula in 1997 after serving in the Marines. He lives in Helena, where he works as a newspaper reporter for the Helena Independent Record and as a freelance writer. He is the author of From Poplar to Papua: Montana'’s 163rd Infantry Regiment in WWII and coauthor, with Barbara Fifer, of Wanted! Wanted Posters of the Old West.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Farcountry Press; First edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156037473X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560374732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Riley on July 18, 2013
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I bought this book because I had been able to find very little information or history about Cromwell Dixon, who to me was one of the real pioneers of early flight, and especially interesting because of his young age. Apparently the author was also unable to find much material on Dixon either, because most of this book is contrived dialog between Dixon, his mother, and other figures from the time like Captain Thomas Baldwin. There is hardly any actual historical information, letters, correspondence, or factual reports from the time for us to really see what he was like and how he accomplished what he did.

It reads more like a children's book making an attempt to give the reader a feel for the times and characters involved. This must have been based on the author's imagination and assumptions about the personalities and their interactions. It gets tiresome, because it comes out very disjointed, and there is some repetition, as well as inconsistencies in the story and characters. For example, at times Dixon comes across as adventurous, confident and focused, and other times fearful and unsure of himself, from one moment to the next.

The best part of the book was the original photographs. Though not many of Dixon himself must have been available, they are of good quality, and there are a number of photos in the book I had not seen anywhere else.

Too bad we can't know more about Cromwell Dixon and how he accomplished the things he did at such a young age. He is an important and fascinating person in the early history of aviation. Maybe I was too hopeful, but I just didn't like the book.
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By Southern gal on September 5, 2010
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My husband and I used to fly, so I read everything I can on flying, history, people, etc. This is a good book, interesting, and gives a lot of info on how flying 'used to be.'
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This is a great read about one of this country's first barnstormers. The folks ouside of Montana should know about this fine fella.
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