- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Westchester Press (May 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984361111
- ISBN-13: 978-0984361113
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,160,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Corinne Tippett's first book, Just a Couple of Chickens, showcases her talent for humor writing. She has now released her second book, When No One Else Would Fly, about the aviation pioneering life of Colonel C. J. Tippett. Corinne has published articles in over eighteen magazines and newspapers and continues to write regularly. Her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography has proven useful in her marketing career as well as in publication. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children, having moved there from Santa Fe, NM in 2010. Corinne Tippett is Colonel C.J. Tippett's granddaughter. Her primary resource for this book was her close relationship with her grandfather, and her own passion for research. Col. Cloyce Joseph Tippett, USAFR, Ret. (1913 - 1993) knew that he was doing something extraordinary with his aviation life. He collected a personal museum-quality archive of letters, logs, photographs, clippings, and documents that added so much to his story that a single book would not suffice.
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At the outset of the biography, it may take a few pages to become comfortable with the unique rhythm of the book which alternates between Colonel Tippett's ("Tip") own narration from over a half century ago and the author's current biographical descriptions. Very quickly, though, a third element is introduced being unprecedented international events such as the Great Depression and World War II, which are not only interesting in and of themselves but provide more perspective on Tip as he grapples with the impact of these developments in his own life. Overall, an interesting interplay is established between world events, Tip's own narration and the author's commentary.
The biggest surprise to me is that Tip managed to survive so many decades operating very primitive "flying machines" with rudimentary safety provisions in place (which he dedicated his life to improving). Among the highlights are Tip's record setting solo flights to South America (with innumerable - and colorful -- pit stops throughout North, Central and South America) as well as his willingness to train students at the Tuskegee Institute during a period of segregation.
Overall, an easy decision to award 5 stars out of 5. Most enjoyable.