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A Gift of Wings Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 1989
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This is my flying "Bible." Whenever I need inspiration, whether related to life or flying, a few chapters will renew my spirits and leave me yearning to fly, my cynicism, anger or depression evaporated by his lovely words. Some of his deeply heartfelt sentiments are so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes, even after the 20th reading.
Bach will convince you that the invention of the airplane was mankind's singular greatest accomplishment, not for it's technical achievement, but for it's affect on the human spirit.
I own a hardbound copy which I hope to have Bach autograph. I bought 20 paperback copies: one for my car, several at my airport office, one at my bedside, and the some given away to private and airline pilots, who having lived some of Bach's magic moments in the air, can appreciate his insights. The rest are reserved for unsuspecting, non-flying "groundpounders" I will meet, who are about to have a life changing experience, when I bestow upon them - "A Gift of Wings."
It's all flying and thoughts about flying. Unlocking the magic box of flight with wonderful words.
The "Bird Book" was followed by several others, including "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah". Bach was THE aviation writer of his time, although his themes were universal and concerned with life as much as flying. He took his place in a line of great aviation writers including Earnest Gann, Antoine d'St Exupery and, my favorite, Neville Shute. Shamefully, there are now many young pilots who have never heard of Richard Bach or any of those others.
During his peak years of popularity, Bach published a book that didn't get the acclaim of his others. It was called "A Gift of Wings" and was a collection of short stories that he had written for aviation magazines. Among those stories were "Found at Pharisee" and "School for Perfection". They were fantasies featuring a dashing bandit pilot named Drake and his henchmen. The outlaws operated out of a hidden cave/hangar complex and ran a school which taught flying from its most basic and elemental parts. "Found at Pharisee" was delightfully told in the first person by a pilot who exemplified minimum standards training, who thought safety lay in blind obedience to the regs (wow, do I meet a lot of THOSE) and through whose outraged eyes we met the band of outlaw pilots. The outlaws scoffed at any regulation. They preferred common sense and the mastery of flying skills. They would have nothing to do with the minimum standards of flight instruction or mechanics' licensing.
"School for Perfection" featured the school seen through the eyes of a dispirited flight instructor who had just lost a student. Drake's school rejuvenated him.Read more ›
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Although written in the 70's, the book Gift of Wings is a timeless read. The message is clear with the author chooses the feeling of flying vs commercial aviation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tobyone56
I have enjoyed this book numerous times over the years, being given the paperback version as a gift as a young boy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jayson van schalkwyk
Great book a most for anyone who loves to read and loves to fly!Published 13 months ago by Lynne Brown
As with all of Bach's books, his love of flying adds a new dimension to the More understanding humanity,Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you enjoyed Richard Bach's stories in aviation magazines you will love this book. This is the only place you will find all the Drake The Outlaw stories.Published 16 months ago by PCKing
A collection of stories, each one different like each cloud is different, each glorious sunset is different...each airplane different. Yet each one tugs at your heart. Be careful. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ron