From the bestselling author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, comes an inspiring collection of short stories of being a pilot With perfect insight, Richard Bach captures the true esssence of flying and the magic of being in the air Philosophical and adventurous, each story will grab you and make you want to soar Once again Richard Bach has written a masterpiece to help you touch that part of your home that is the sky.A gift for pilots, aviation afficionados, and anyone that loves to fly, this book captures the magic of life in all its limitless horizons....
|Title||:||A Gift of Wings|
|Publisher||:||Dell October 2, 1989|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|File Size||:||981 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Gift of Wings Reviews
A superb aviation book for anyone excited by the emotional aspects of flying versus the mechanical aspects. It can be a little convicting for anyone who is an "airplane driver" vs a "pilot", but that is not a bad thing at all. Thank goodness Capt. Sullenberger was a pilot and not a driver when he had to take the US Airways plane into the Hudson! The book is over 40 years old, and so it invokes some nostalgia when for example the author discusses the ebb and flow of activities at Kennedy Airport, and most of the airlines he mentions are bankrupt or merged! Nonetheless, in my mind the two indispensable aviation books are this one, and "Fate is the Hunter" by Ernest Gann.
Bach shares his romance with flight, shares his flight experiences, critiques the FAA, and gives many short vignettes ranging from philosophical to life experiences ranging from military jets to ownership of antique planes.
It's Richard Bach, what can I say ? I have all of his books, had worn out this one.
...and not all that easy to find in harback. Alas, it shows its age. One doubts there's still a Bamboo Bomber flying for East Island Airlines; and were Bach to soar today it would be far less likely he'd be in a 1-26. The straw man Christian in the last story is overdrawn, (and Bach seems not to realize that there's plenty of time to fly after church), but this book catches the spirit of flight in a way few others do. Bach at his best, before he fell into has navel and drowned in his ego
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. At the end of one story you will want to go buy a flying boat - after another a biplane and after yet another one of those crazy sailplanes that doesn't even have a motor! Read at your own risk - it will turn your eyes to the skies.
A worthy read - again and again!
Purchased this book many years ago and loaned it, never to be seen again. Purchased it again. Even more than Johnathan Livingston Seagull, it speaks to the power of flight and the situations one encounters.
One of my all time favorite books! I read it many, many years ago, shared it with kids, my employees, my friends, and finally it turned up missing. I am just now replacing it, and loving it