- Hardcover: 220 pages
- Publisher: Prentice-Hall (June 1960)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0135482712
- ISBN-13: 978-0135482711
- Package Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man Who Rode the Thunder Hardcover – June, 1960
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Would love to get my hands on a copy of this book, so my children could read it as I did.
Lt. Col. Rankin tells a wonderful story of his most historic and singular flight, taking an F8U Crusader across country, and winding up with an engine failure and ejecting at 47,000 ft, without a pressure suit. Not only did the canopy not separate (and he ejected THRU it), but his chute opened just in time for him to be caught in the up- and down-drafts of a severe thunderstorm cell. A 10-minute ride to earth turned into nearly an hour of living hell.
I have never forgotten this amazing story. I have never forgotten how Rankin was troubled by his inability to recall some of the instrument readings just before his punch-out. As a pilot, I think of him as I make my own instrument scans, wondering if I would or could remember these things if I found myself in similar straits, in a failing airplane and needing to make a critical survival decision. I have never forgotten his recollection of trying to flag down passing motorists on the backwoods highway, and not succeeding, and only later realizing what a horrific sight he must have been, beaten, bruised, and bloodied by his ordeal and staggering along, barely conscious, trying to get a ride to civilization. I have never forgotten his telling of the ordeal of having the surgeons pick out shards of plexiglass canopy from his shoulders, fragments that didn't show up on x-rays and had to be painstakingly located by eye and removed.
Yes, this is a great story, told by a great Marine and a great human being. I was inspired by it as a child and cherish the experience of reading this story, even to this very day. Thank you Bill Rankin, you will be sorely missed and always remembered.