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A Good Stick: An Airline Captain Lives the History of 20th Century Commercial Aviation

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ISBN-13: 978-1420848434
ISBN-10: 1420848437
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About the Author

Jerry Sorlucco was a commercial airline captain for nearly forty years, until federal regulations forced him to retire at age 60. From seat-of-the-pants flying to huge, computerized airliners, his career encompassed most of the history of commercial aviation in the 20th century. He began flying when he was 14. By age 18 he had his commercial pilot''s license, although he was too young for any airline to hire him. He was a captain at 23.Despite some near misses, Sorlucco ended his long career with no accidents and no major damage of any kind to the aircraft he commanded. That record earned him the reputation for being what pilots call "a good stick." Sorlucco was a founder and vice president of the Professional Pilots Federation and an officer in the Airline Pilots Association. His flying career and professional activism, combined with an intense involvement in current and historical events, gave him the scope he needed to write A Good Stick.Since his retirement, Sorlucco has run for the New Hampshire Senate twice and has become a leader in the state Democratic Party. He is at work on a new book titled The Politics of Passion. He lives with his wife Sue, two dogs and two cats in Littleton, NH.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420848437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420848434
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,757,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By brian power-waters on March 9, 2006
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I had the pleasure of flying with Captain Sulucco,back in the old Mohawk Airlines days. He was a good pilot then,and an even greater writer. If you are interested in what it takes to be an airline pilot,this is the book for you.
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As an airline pilot just a few years away from retirement I find myself enjoying the pilot memoirs genre more and more. I enjoyed this one a lot. Every pilot group from their respective airline is unique, he captured his well and did a good job putting his era into perspective.
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I was hoping for details about being a commercial pilot. What I got was like a memoir written for a few close friends. The author repeatedly mentions names of pilots with whom he flew and their personality quirks...as though that might be meaningful to everyone who picked up this book.

Another irksome quality: the author thinks all of American's problems are traceable to right-wing Christian fanatics, and for some reason, he, out of nowhere, launches into a tirade against these folks. Along the way, we find out that he's all for polygamy and sleeping around since most societies in the world do it that way.

Again, I was expecting a book devoted to flying. There is some of that in there...sadly, not enough.
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