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Adventures of a Yellowbird: The Biography of an Airline
Adventures of a Yellowbird The Biography of an Airline Author:Robert M. Mudge The thousands who fly the Yellowbirds along the East Coast from Montreal to Florida and the Bahamas, east to Bermuda, or west to Chicago may not be aware of the years of struggle and sacrifice that built this successful airline. They may, however, sense a certain character in it, evidenced by the poised and capable personnel, whose spirit and de... more »dication to their airline is amply justified in this story of the Yellowbirds.
Written by one of its veteran pilots, it begins in the early days of commercial aviation, when only daredevils were supposed to go up in airplanes. Northeast pilots flew all over New England, navigating without instruments, without radio, without lights--yet posting a remarkable safety record. Their mettle was tested in World War II, when they volunteered their services to the Government and flew important missions overseas and to northernmost stations deep in the Arctic.
When, in 1956, they were awarded a route to Miami, everyone thought fortune was in their grasp. But, instead, they encountered political, competitive, and financial disaster that nearly swept the airline from the skies. Then the employees, whose courage and hard work had brought them through so many trials, rose up in defense of their airline, and all New England rallied to their aid. The story of this heroic struggle and eventual triumph is one of the most thrilling in a chronicle of heroism.« less