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The Flying Firsts of Walter Hinton: From the 1919 Transatlantic Flight to the Arctic and the Amazon

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Benjamin J. Burns is a professor and director of the journalism program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a former executive editor of the Detroit News.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078646447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786464470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,018,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this to be more than a lively true-life adventure story--it demonstrated to me the impact of both luck and choice in the life of a man who had a deep need for adventure. Luck--the bad kind--might've contributed to Hinton's dad backing out of a promise he made to his son in 1906. But choice--ultimately an excellent one--found Hinton reacting to that broken promise by packing his bags and leaving his home in Ohio's farm country at the age of 16, looking for excitement. Burns' account of the first flight across the Atlantic, with Hinton as pilot, is compelling, full of the spirit of the early aviators, and shows us that Hinton definitely fulfilled his plan for adventure. Tales of Hinton's many other adventures, and his tireless promotion of flying, draw a clear and detailed portrait of one of aviation's lesser-known pioneers.
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Everyone knows that Jimmy Stewart, er, Charles Lindbergh was the first to successfully fly across the Atlantic, right? Not so! Having been an aviation enthusiast since early childhood, I thought I knew most everything about planes, pilots and aviation firsts. How fascinating to find that one of the most revered feats in aviation history was accomplished not in a single engine monoplane by one man but rather in a four engine biplane flying boat with Walter Hinton at the controls aided by a crew of five.

This book is an absolute must for any aviation enthusiast's library. It's full of fascinating, well-researched biographical facts about Hinton as well as detailed descriptions of aircraft, in-flight procedures and historical accounts of all of Hinton's accomplishments. Definitely well worth the price!
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I just got a copy of this book and have started reading it. It is well written with lots of details. I really like some of the pictures - it is amazing to me that Hinton and his navy team were able to cross the Atlantic in that plane and I am enjoying the story of how they accomplished that feat, as well as the more personal side of Walter Hinton's life. Walter Hinton was one of the early pioneers in American aviation and yet not many people know his name.
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Like many, I never realized just how new and dangerous the world of flight was at the time of Hinton's crossing of the Atlantic. I looked at Lindbergh's flight as pretty much the most adventurous story in Flight this side of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Boy was I wrong! I wouldn't consider myself a passionate aviation fan or even a casual enthusiast but a good friend of mine suggested I pick this up and after two chapters, am really enjoying the writing style and level of detail that the author provides. I can't wait to learn more about the passion and adventurous spirit that drove Hinton and his crew to new heights, both literally and figuratively.

The price may feel like a barrier to entry, but you'll feel far more comfortable with it once you start reading the book. I'd already consider it money well spent and I'm only a couple chapters deep. I'll be sure to write more once I finish but I was too excited to review what I'd already read and my friend has yet to start it so I have no one to discuss it with!
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This attractively produced book with ample illustrations provides the reader a best-in the-house seat aside an Ohio farm boy-turned-pilot when he executes some of aviation's first historical flights -- across the Atlantic in 23 days in 1919, into the Canadian Arctic from Long Island aboard an early hot air balloon and above the Amazon River valleys in the 1920s and beyond to dozens of barmstorming airfields in the U.S. and abroad. The sounds and sights from the cockpit are rendered with excellent reporting and a story-telling charm.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh in her North to the Orient (1935) and Listen! The Wind (1935) and Beryl Markham's West With the Night (1942) provided their own vibrant accounts of early trans-Atlantic fights. Steven Ambrose's The Wild Blue..., a story of the B-24 pilots of World War II, provides an incredible glimpse of the war-time flying machine. But Hinton's flights were considerably earlier, and Professor Burns' account bring them alive.

Hinton (1888-1981) was a fellow traveler in exploration in aviation to other greats of his era -- Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville Wright (1871-1948), Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948) and his transatlantic companion, John Alcock (1892-1919), Charles Kingsford Smith (1887-1967), Adm. Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957), Gen.Jimmy Doolittle (1896-1993), Amelia Earhart(1897-1937), Hinton's navigator Capt. Albert Cushing Read (1887-1967), Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, and, among others, Beryl Markham (1902-1986).

While Brown and Alcock were Englishmen, Charles Kingsford Smith was Australian, and Beryl Markham was English-born Kenyan, and did not qualify for induction into the (U.S.
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