Stranger to the Ground Author:Richard Bach A man alone in the sky has a chance to touch the stars. But as Richard Bach, flying a lone jet across Europe, reaches for the eternal, he must also confront the fear and danger that shadow the unknown.
This was Richard Bach's first published work, and my personal favorite. He struck it rich with "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", but before he started flapping his wings as a bird he was a human pilot. I believe he had a private pilot's license before he enlisted in the Air National Guard and became a jet fighter pilot.
This book is copyrighted in 1963 and describes one memorable single plane night flight from an Air Base in England to another in France. The flight plan takes him over a good portion of West Germany. This is personally meaningful to me because I was stationed in Germany from 1962 to 1965 and spent 50% of my duty hours in the Bitburg AB control tower, so this all takes me back.
The book covers his thoughts during the flight, and he shares a lot of his personal history and thoughts about flying and the pilot's life with the reader. I read this book many years ago and loved it, but through my many travels (I was on active duty for 21+ years) I lost track of it. Spent years searching in vain for a hardcover copy, and finally settled for a paperback copy which I requested last year from a PBS member. Last week I found a nice hardcover copy in a used book store, so would love to share this one with another member.