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  • Perfect Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Wright (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145079131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450791311
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Allison Wright is the daughter of Ernest M. Allison. She has written numerous articles regarding early aviation, the early U.S Air Mail Service, and history of C.N.A.C., the China National Aircraft Corporation.

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He had such keen business sense and practical experience that he evolved into an entrepreneur and quasi diplomat.
Dennis Peters
Nancy Wright's book about her father's, (Ernest "Allie" Allison), aviation adventures is a must read for anyone with any interest what so ever in aviation.
Chuck Ka
Nancy Wright tells this story of her father Allie with a passion and sensitivity for all the pioneers who flew in both the US and China.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pelicanfilm on August 9, 2012
Wright's dad, Ernest "Allie" Allison, started flying when it was a real adventure. He helped teach Claire Chennault (of Flying Tiger fame) how to fly before getting into flying the mail. Later he moved on to a job with a new airline in China - CNAC - which started a years-long involvement with the evolution of aviation in the "middle kingdom".

The book is filled with first-hand stories from both Allison's own writings (and fantastic photos that he took) as well as reminiscences from his daughter, the book's author. The narrative is filled with characters like Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife, Charles Lindbergh, and Claire Chennault.

If you have an interest in aviation history, or the evolution of modern China, this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Peters on August 23, 2012
Some historical figures who should have instant name recognition have slipped into the shadows. A perfect example is the central character of this gripping biography,Ernie "Allie" Allison. From the time he was a boy until he died in 1976 his entire life was a passionate swirl of aviation. He was an early barnstormer, one of the first Air Mail pilots. That phase of his life would have been enough to merit a biography. But he went on-and on. He became a flight instructor who knew almost all the legendary figures of the early and mid twentieth century. This book by his daughter Nancy should go a long way toward placing him as the equal, or even the superior, of his friends Charles Lindberg and the Flying tiger hero Claire Chenault. In fact in total air miles flown Allie Allison was miles ahead of them. As the years went on, this stocky farm boy from Colorado found himself in the front lines of Chinese business, politics, revolution and civil war. He became the intimate friend and advisor of Chiang Kai Chek and his wife, Madame Chiang. One of his closest friends and business partners was Quentin Roosevelt who like so many of those pioneers died in a tragic plane crash. In fact it is almost miraculous that any of them survived those harsh, intimidating conditions. Near the end of his own career, Allie had flown an astonishing thirteen thousand air hours.

But his life was not just that of an aviator. He had such keen business sense and practical experience that he evolved into an entrepreneur and quasi diplomat. Deeply familiar with Chinese culture and business practices, his career coincided with the breakup of the Nationalist government and the emergence of the Revolution led by Mao Tse Tung.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Moore on August 21, 2012
A fresh view of the birth of aviation in America and China.

We are very fortunate that Nancy Allison Wright researched and recorded the events of her father's life. It is exceptional that one man was able to wear so many hats during the development of aviation in both the U.S. and China. From the beginnings of the Air Mail flying, the work with Boeing during the war, and to the development of an airline in China, both as a pilot and manager, Ernest M. "Allie" Allison is a rarity.

Take the opportunity to read this book and relive an epic time. Anyone in aviation today will appreciate how Allie Allison, and others, contributed to the safety of aviation today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Martin on September 3, 2012
Nancy Allison Wright's lovingly researched book includes one of the best accounts of early U.S. mail flying. The China aviation story is frosting on the cake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Ka on August 31, 2012
Nancy Wright's book about her father's, (Ernest "Allie" Allison), aviation adventures is a must read for anyone with any interest what so ever in aviation. The book is chocked full of first-hand stories and photos from Allison's own correspondence with friends and family, along with news articles and Nancy's own reminiscences. The book covers a large portion of aviation history including the early days of air mail flying with all the dangers that went along with getting the mail through especially in bad weather. The author does an excellent job quilting together the history of China's commercial aviation and telling the story of how her father was so instrumental in that history.

I had worked in the aviation industry for 33 years but never appreciated how the air mail pilots like Allison played such an important role in getting commercial aviation off the ground. This book was extremely informative book and once started I had a hard time putting it down. I had realized flying in the early days was dangerous compared to today, but I had little appreciation of the challenges these early pilots deal with. Flying in those days was a real adventure to say the least.

Nancy's father was a real aviation pioneer and an exceptional person and Nancy has done a fantastic job in capturing his story in a well written interesting book.
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