Writer Rinker Buck looks back more than 30 years to a summer when he and his brother, at ages 15 and 17 respectively, became the youngest duo to fly across America, from New Jersey to California. Having grown up in an aviation family, the two boys bought an old Piper Cub, restored it themselves, and set out on the grand journey. Buck is a great storyteller, and once you get airborne with the boys you find yourself absorbed in a story of adventure and family drama. And Flight of Passage
is also an affecting look back to the summer of 1966, when the times seemed much less cynical and adventures much more enjoyable.
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From Library Journal
In July 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck flew a Piper Cub from New Jersey to California, becoming?at ages 15 and 18, respectively?the youngest pilots then to cross the country. This abridged version of Rinker's memoirs discusses the flight in the context of the complex relationships between the two brothers and their father, Tom Buck. Tom, barnstormer, magazine editor, and political activist, taught both to fly. However, his strong personality overshadowed his sons. Kern, shy and sensitive, and Rink, rebellious and socially outgoing, learned to trust each other while facing harsh Pennsylvania weather, rough crop dusters, and a dangerous crossing of the Rocky Mountains. Appearing along the way are the population of tiny airports, small-town diners, and the underlying tension of Vietnam-era America. At the end, the brothers reach a greater understanding of each other and establish their own identities independent of their father. Rinker's narration of his own story is wonderful. This warm book will interest both aviation enthusiasts and listeners fascinated by the complex relationships between brothers and fathers and sons. For all audio collections.?Stephen L. Hupp, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Lib., Pa.
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