The dramatic story of the first daredevil pilots of the U.S Air Mail Service who risked their lives daily to map new aviation routes, which are still in use today, and deliver mail throughout the U.S It was the pilots of the U.S Air Mail service who made it possible for flight to evolve from an impractical and deadly fad to today s worldwide network of airlines Nicknamed The Suicide Club, this small but daring cadre of pilots took a fleet of flimsy World War I Jenny Biplanes and blazed a trail of sky routes across the country In the midst of the Jazz Age, they were dashing, groupproud, brazen, and resentful of authority They were also loyal, determined to prove the skeptics wrong Mavericks Of The Sky, by Barry Rosenberg and Catherine Macaulay, is a narrative nonfiction account of the crucial, first three years of the air mail service beginning with the inaugural New YorktoWashington D.C flight in 1918, through 1921 when aviator Jack Knight was the first to fly across the country at night and further, through a blizzard In those early years, one out of every four men lost their lives With the constant threat of weather and mechanical failure and with little instrumentation available, aviators relied on their wits and instincts to keep them out of trouble Mavericks Of The Sky brings these sagas to life, and tells the story of the extraordinary lives and rivalries of those who singlehandedly pulled off the great experiment Drawing on numerous firsthand accounts, Mavericks Of The Sky brings to life the nationwide effort to establish air mail service, focusing on the exploits of the most daring and colorful pilots pioneers who proved the great American belief that anything is possible with conviction, diligence, and perseverance....
|Title||:||Mavericks of the Sky: The First Daring Pilots of the U.S. Air Mail|
|Publisher||:||William Morrow 1st edition February 21, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||563 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mavericks of the Sky: The First Daring Pilots of the U.S. Air Mail Reviews
"Mavericks of the Sky" is a well-researched, interestingly-crafted telling of the early days of the U.S. Postal Service's air delivery service. Full of anecdotal tales stretching from the humble beginnings up until the departure of the key founders of the service, the book provides keen insight into the motivations and driving forces behind air transport of the mail. It is a good read.
Well written history of early flight and the air mail. The Post Office is responsible for developing much of what we now know as the airline transportation system. They don't often get the credit they deserve for this magnificent accomplishment.
Such detail that you feel like you in the plane with them. Get read from front to back. BUY THIS.
In Mavericks of the Sky, Barry Rosenberg and Catherine Macaulay present the daring and heroic tale of the first set of air mail pilots in the world. Mavericks of the Sky brings to life the many characters who risked their lives on a daily basis in order for the delivery of the mail. The pilots of the United States Air Mail conquered the impossible task of transporting cargo on a regular schedule through inhospitable terrain and weather. Unfortunately, an interesting topic becomes tedious due to poor writing and poor organization.
This was a birthday present for my uncle. His dad worked at Roosevelt Field in the 20s-30s and was involved with the airmail business.
This was a boring read. The authors fail to keep interest, and jump back and forth between the story and entire chapters delving into depths of unnecessary information about all of the players. If you're interested in learning the life story of the players in developing the US Air Mail system, this book might be for you. If you want to learn about the Airmail service itself, save your time and spend 30 minutes on Google. The story jumps back and forth, with no clear destination. The book also only covers the first few years of the Airmail, they offer only a few short pages on the development of the Airmail service after 1921. This is the only book I've felt compelled to review. Save your time.