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Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor...A Journey to Heaven--and Back Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2010

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I purchased this book as a gift for my dad, a retired airline captain, but soon discovered I couldn't put it down. Both of us are professional pilots and we easily rate it 5-Stars. The aviation aspects of the book are professional and technically accurate, yet the emphasis throughout is on a loving God. We think the book is a masterpiece and could be enjoyed by everyone, pilot or not.
Capt. E. Layton - Boeing 757 - Major Airline Pilot

This "life after death" true-story is both a page-turner and a faith-builder. The author does not commercialize his experience of heaven but tells it in a humble and reverent way while using breathtaking descriptions. I have recommended this book to my entire church.
Pastor Kenneth Cetton - Park Terrace Baptist Church

Flight To Heaven is an awesome read and has taught me a lot and given me peace and courage for a new chapter in my life. I'm purchasing more copies and giving it out everywhere.
Captain Randy Hass - Airbus A320
US Airways

Dale's experience of the plane crash and trip to heaven has given him an incredible sense of looking at normal life through a spiritual lens and humble spirit. His commitment to Biblical truth and his ability to communicate from the heart as well as the head is admirable. Read this book and be prepared to be blessed in remarkable ways.

Pastor William Knopp, D. Min.
First Baptist Church of Corvallis

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Experience a Life-Changing Vision of Heaven
Imagine getting a glimpse of heaven, a preview of life in God's presence. Could life here ever be the same?

Capt. Dale Black has flown as a commercial pilot all over the world, but one flight changed his life forever--an amazing journey to heaven and back.

The only survivor of a horrific plane crash, Dale was hovering between life and death when he had a wondrous experience of heaven. What he saw, what he heard, and what he learned there continues to ripple through his life and touch others.

Against all odds, Dale miraculously recovered from his injuries and learned to fly again. Now, with his life as a testament, he shares his inspiring story--offering hope and encouragement for those dealing with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one, and those looking for assurance about this life and the next.

"Dale Black's near-death experience took my breath away. Flight To Heaven is a spiritually rich reflection on the enormous love God has for His children and the lengths to which He will go to bring them safely home."
--Trudy Harris, author of Glimpses of Heaven

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207946
  • ASIN: B004E3XF60
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Capt. Dale Black is a retired airline pilot who has dedicated his career to professional pilot training, aviation safety and Christian missionary aviation. He has flown for over 40 years with 17,000+ hours of flying experience in a variety of commercial jets, as well as many corporate jets and general aviation aircraft. Dale is a former Flight Standards Captain, Safety Consultant, Accident Prevention Counselor and was a regular speaker in aviation seminars. Capt. Dale founded and operated a jet pilot training and jet aircraft sales company. He has been both a pilot and an instructor for many celebrities as well as executives of several fortune 500 companies.

Dale is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA degree in Spanish. He also has a MA in Theology and a PhD in Business from Golden State University. For 31 years he was the co-founder and president of Eagle International Ministries where he led scores of teams on short term Christian missionary projects to well over 50 countries. He is dilegently writing several more books to be released soon. Recently he has become available as a speaker and can be scheduled for your church or community event. You can invite Capt. Dale to speak through his website:

Dale and his wife, Paula, are the parents of two grown children and live in Temecula, CA. Much of his leisure time is spent raising and enjoying his Border Collies. He also enjoys playing golf, motor-homing and studying the Bible.

He can be contacted at or by visiting

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Dana Mccue on April 23, 2010
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Wow! Where do I even begin? The details of this book were so incredible that I felt as if I was on this journey as I read. This story has edified my faith that God is who He says He is and will do what He said He will do!! It enveloped me from beginning to end. I wanted to read slowly to grasp it all and yet I found myself reading it quickly as I couldn't wait to read what was going to happen next. For anyone who is searching for the truth about life and afterlife, this book is for you. It is a true, incredible, detailed encounter of God's ultimate love for His creation and the future plans He has for you!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By UsMacs on June 5, 2010
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As Dale shares his struggles, miracles and triumphs, it is evident that he gives all the Glory to
the Creator of Heaven and Earth; the Creator that gave His only Son Jesus Christ, for a lost world.

It is also evident that this "trip of a lifetime" on his Flight to Heaven,
altered his heart to an extent, that he felt God's love for the people of this world,
in a new and nearly unexplainable way.

Reading of the glorious aspects of Heaven was astonishing and there was a feeling of
having the experience with him, as the story unfolds.
Equally amazing were the miracles he experienced as
he received healing through his faith in God's power.

I would love for everyone I know to read this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By storyteller312 on March 7, 2011
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Many faith-based books focus on heaven as their main theme. This story, in my opinion, seemed to star "The Captain" as its main character. I don't believe that was his intention, but the constant reference to his career status, his physical prowess, and his accomplishments both before and after the crash competed for the readers attention.

I don't doubt Captain Black's sincerity and vision. His faith had been set in place years before as far back as his grandparents. The crash tested it, and then reinforced his commitment. If you have the patience to read through the repetitious material, that fact becomes apparent.

Many of the obvious flaws with this book lie more with the editor than the author. The inability to stick to a main subject or theme, the endless redundancies, the general lack of cohesiveness lay at the foot of the editor. One example, did the reader really need a list of all the types of planes flown by Captain Black? A man with a multi-decade career flying that included TWA doesn't need more descriptive material to back up his credentials as a professional pilot. That seemed a bit braggadocio and lead the reader off topic.

Captain Black stepped out in faith to present his personal relationship with God. His story might be a great help to many in need who are looking for real inspiration. It is obvious, Captain Black's faith has real conviction. However, this book falls short of doing it justice.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Groesch on February 8, 2011
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This book wasn't too bad, but, nothing too special on the description of what you and I are REALLY looking for when it comes to the description of Heaven. The story of the man in the crash goes on for a very long time, about 96 pages or so until he gets to the Heaven part, and its very short even when he gets to that, about 14 pages or so[both sides of the page]. After that he just keeps talking about his recovery. Bless the man for surviving the "unsurvivable crash", but, I got a better description of the afterlife and Heaven through website articles and youtube videos, honestly. I mean who are we kidding? You saw the title of the book and thought, "Fantastic, a whole book about Heaven!" [which is exactly what I thought] Sorry, but, definitely NOT the "best book on Heaven." Even though it's still awesome he had an experience with it that not everyone can have. Regardless, a VERY good [true] story of survival and spiritual growth in our beloved Christ.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Kinney on July 12, 2010
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A trained pilot...a plane crash....only one survivor. This is what Dale Black experience at the young age of 19. But that is not all he experienced. He experienced heaven, and this was an experience like no other.

I am glad that Dale shared his experience in this book and am glad he followed his grandfather's advice to live a life that reflects his heavenly experience, and not a life that capitalizes on his experience. I am also glad that Paule Black encouraged her husband to write down his experience after living a life of purpose. It wasn't just the experience of heaven that is amazing, but also the obedient life that Dale had lived.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the truths that Dale lived. He realized that his responsibility is not to provide the living water but to point the way to the well, "the well of Living Water that God offers each of us through a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ." I pray that I can be like Dale and point the way to the well.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dan and Judy on July 11, 2010
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I have read several books with people's testimonies who claim to have seen Heaven. Captain Black's experience is consistent with Scripture. His personal struggles and his sharing of how his faith grew is inspirational, and is again consistent with Scripture. I encourage anyone who loves to hear a good solid testimony, which encourages one to grow in their faith, to read this book.

Dan Tankersley, Co-Author of The Rain
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