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Ghosts of the Air: True Stories of Aerial Hauntings Paperback – November 1, 1994
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Martin Caidin is an author, professional pilot, and veteran of World War II. He has been an FAA examiner, a teacher, lecturer, researcher, radio broadcaster, stunt pilot, and actor. He has written over 200 books, including the famous classics Marooned, The God Machine, and Cyborg.
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Caidin wrote many books, and I hope to see many of them kindled soon.
I was in the USAF, and then with a very large US airline after my discharge, and have experienced some of what he has described. Therefore, I believe what Mr. Cadin has written is true.
I was lucky to be aboard his "Iron Annie" when it was being worked on in Miami, and got to take some photographs of it.
And, as a bonus for the reader, his writing style is fantastic!
The book definitely needed a good editor, and comes across as more of a disheveled, ponderous telling of spooky tales with no opportunities for ego-stroking allowed to pass. He is extremely dismissive of anyone who disagrees with him, with perhaps the most egregious example being found on pp. 188-189 when in response to a skeptic he writes an extraordinarily arrogant narrative that doesn't really address the nature of the disagreement as much as it says, in essence, "look how important I am." The passage is quite lengthy, but here's a token smattering "As a member of AWA, AFA, CAF, VAC, SW (it's a long list) and many other aviation organizations, I've had numerous conversations with Yeager, Crossfield, Halaby, Bader, Galland, Gabreski, Johnson, Hoover, Poberezny, Jobst, Doolittle, Lear - it's another VERY long list." Blah, blah, blah....and so it goes on and on. The more he talked about himself the less impressed I got. Along with all the negative traits of a serial braggart, he also loves to use ridiculous jargon that I suppose he thinks impresses others (though probably not that many professional pilots.) There are way too many examples to cite in these pages, but I randomly flipped open the book to find one and found this on the first page I opened to (p. 211, if you care): "They had no warning of the neutercane they said didn't exist but that exploded out of 'nowhere' and with such fury it blew that station off the air and wrecked half the town. Made real garbage pie out of the joint." Garbage pie? Really? I mean, how cool are you? This is nowhere near the most egregious example of ridiculous vernacular, but merely the first one I came to.
Some of the stories are genuinely compelling, and I do appreciate his taking time to try and write on the subject. I particularly liked the short anecdote about Captain Robert F. Tyler on p. 52. Unfortunately this story was very short, but I thought it was one of the most interesting, while much less interesting material droned on and on for pages (I especially tired of hearing about his exploits flying the Catalina.) The haphazard organization makes following the narrative maddening, and there are some things he is just not good at writing about, notably the time travel piece starting on p. 235 ("The Quantum Connection") which I like to call "Photons For Dummies" except that an actual book in the "Dummies" series would be factual and informative. This was a horribly written discussion of a subject about which he did not seem to be especially well versed, and certainly was not good at writing about: particularly painful is the fanciful imaginary dialogue with a physicist found on pp. 237-239. Groan.
I wanted, really wanted, to like "Ghosts of the Air." I have liked Caidin's books since I was a pre-teen, but I just can't recommend this one unless you are extraordinarily interested in the supernatural and aviation: some of the stories are interesting, but much is unsourced, it is written in a very condescending tone, is terribly organized, and is in desperate need of editing. If the book was 100 pages shorter and less demeaning to those who disagree with the author's views it would have been a worthwhile investment of time. As for my copy, I recycled it. Literally.
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GHOSTS IS VERY DATED.