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Flying the Edge of America [Kindle Edition]

David Millett , Julia Buss
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In the summer of 2008 we flew our small, single engine, airplane around the edges of the contiguous United States of America. Along the way, we encountered America's small towns, National Parks, and National Monuments. On the most dangerous and exciting adventure of our lives we flew into unanticipated ghastly weather, thunderstorms, and brushed with hurricanes. In the end, we discovered a land much more complex than we had imagined, far larger than we could believe, and more beautiful than we dreamed possible. This book is the story of our flight around the edge of America, and the journey that brought us to a deeper understanding and love of our adopted country.

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San Francisco Book Review

Flying the Edge of America authors Millett and Buss help readers feel what it's like inside the cabin of a small plane flying through difficult weather over dangerous terrain.

Reviewed by: Gary Sorkin, Pacific Book Review

Having a noticeably delightful charm from being of British decent, the co-authors take you on their journey circumventing America in a "pogo-stick series of encounters" dropping in at points hundreds of miles apart.

About the Author

Julia and David have traveled around the world twice. Between them they have visited almost every state in the USA, and traveled to every continent on the planet, including Antarctica. Their passions are hiking, snow-skiing, SCUBA diving, writing, and travel. Julia is a nurse. She came to America from England in 1991 for a six month work contract. She fell in love with San Francisco and she decided to stay. David is retired from 25 years in Information Technology. He has 20 years experience piloting light aircraft, holds an instrument rating, and flies for the Angel Flight West organization ( He keeps a journal of his and Julia's travels at ( and is a destination writer for the (

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  • File Size: 4434 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Publisher:; 2 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00300H6TA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic flight December 10, 2009
What a great idea - to fly along all four borders of the Continental USA! This book has it all: a wonderful personal odyssey, travelers' experiences in a wide variety of American locales, and even some tips on how to fly a small plane and stay out of trouble. Experience it on these levels and more and enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not for those that like America March 27, 2010
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First off, I only managed to make it 37% of the way through this book. It is not poorly written, a fairly easy read. I am planning a similar trip, and thought it would be interesting. Perhaps I should have weighed more heavily the fact that the authors are from Australia and England. At each stop (in the first 37% of the book) the reader is presented with the horrible atrocities America has committed on the native people and the lands. America has cut down 96% of its Redwood forests, slaughtered the buffalo, slaughtered the Indian tribes. Mount Rushmore is described as: "... the desecration of a perfectly beautiful mountain..", and since "... the Black Hills were stolen from the Native Americans by the US government after plenty of war and bloodshed." it "should be a place where we go to weep and consider the violence of our past." Victoria, Canada is celebrated with its Universal Healthcare, vibrancy and great food. While rural Montana is vilified as being full of Obama hating Southern racists who survive on burgers and coleslaw. From a piloting perspective I was a little disappointed as lee waves and thunderstorms appear to be this pilot's first encounter with these phenomenon. It is entirely possible that the greatness of America and Americans are explored in the remaining 63%. So if you like America, and buy this book, I recommend you start there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good Grief!! June 16, 2011
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Unlike the two previous reviewers I forced myself to read the entire book. I didn't get any better. Julia who is from England had very little good to say about Americans (we are all fat)or American cities. Mean while she hated flyng, took narcotics before most flights, and drank too much every night, according to her own reporting. Her spititual side to her appears to be on nature and not the creator. Julia wrote most of the book with her reviews of places they visited. David wrote the flyng parts and could have had more information and detail. As a pilot I was drawn to the book and found it far lacking of usfull information. I would not reccomend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent June 4, 2010
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I'm not sure where to put this book. For me, it worked neither as a pilot's book nor as a travelogue. In the interests of full disclosure, I gave up on the book about a third of the way through and cannot speak to the back two thirds.

I was attracted to it as a pilot who has long thought that I'd like to fly the rim of the US. As a pilot I did not find the book technical enough. For instance, the author describes ILS approaches as flying down the radio beams. I understand his desire to make the flying experience approachable to non-pilots but it did not leave enough meat on the bone for me to read it from a pilot's perspective.

I love a good travel book, however, and hung in there for a while to see if it worked on that basis. I have to concur with the reviewer, however, that the co-author wife seems focused on the negative. I do not attribute this to any lack of patriotism but rather that she seems to approach life as a glass half empty. Not the best frame of reference for a travelogue. On the other hand, she is terrified of flying, so I give her credit for her guts at going on such a flight. I will cut her the slack that when fighting one's fears on a daily basis it may be wearing on the morale.

Hope things got better later in the trip but I decided to get off the plane and move on to other interests.
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You'd think there wouldn't be as much to see from the sky as the road, but this couple disagrees. "Flying the Edge of America: The Trip of a Lifetime" tells the story of David Millett and Julia Buss as they flew around the United States, absorbing the unique atmosphere the countryside has to offer, as well as the giant cities and small towns. With plenty of full color photos of their journey, "Flying the Edge of America" is an adventure story that may inspire imitators as it is one like none else.
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David is a filmmaker and author; he is also a producer of paper and eBooks and movies. He loves writing, videography, photography, and filmmaking.


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