This is one of the greatest aviation books ever written. A must read for any pilot, or person who wishes to peak into the world of an airline cockpit. It has been suggested to me the book be read periodically and I must say it gets better with each read. Gann does a wonderful job of sharing his experiences in the cockpit in a way that is both educational to the pilot as well as extremely readable. If you are a pilot READ THIS BOOK!
For anyone who loves to fly, this book is a must read. As a pilot in today's technology based world, reading this book was like stepping into a time machine back to the early days of commercial aviation. You're thinking that this can't be too exciting? Forget it, Gann leaves you white knuckled and wishing for more as he tells the true, (as he keeps reminding us, true as HE remembers them), stories of the adventurous, daring, and deadly dangerous days of the beginnings of the airlines, and their part in the clandestine lead up to WWII, and into the war. My favorite part is the first chapter which explains how the lives of the crews and passengers of those aerial schooners sometimes hung by a thread, (or at least 50 feet). I just wish he made this book a few hundred pages longer!
This is a good book with excellent writing, and a great read if you're interested in the history of aviation. Gann's true stories of pilots in the early days of commercial flying are by turns funny, frightening, thrilling, and nearly incredible. On a deeper level, though, the stories lead to thoughtful musings about fate, about why a seemingly random decision or an unthinking and inconsequential action can make the difference between life and death.