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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!
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!
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.Read more ›
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The only book available and the only one that will ever be written about Walter Hinton. I read this book first on check-out from our local library. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by G. Showalter
I purchased this book because it is about a person from a town near me. It is a great book in excellant condition. I am very happy with this purchase.Published on August 26, 2012 by vanwert
It's not often that I become so enthralled by a historical piece that I can't seem to put it down, or struggle through it. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by SDOG