This was the first book to cover all of Cold War air combat in the words of the men who waged it. In I Always Wanted to Fly, retired United States Air Force Colonel Wolfgang W. E. Samuel has gathered first-person memories from heroes of the cockpits and airstrips. Battling in dogfights when jets were novelties, saving lives in grueling airlifts, or flying covert and dangerous reconnaissance missions deep into Soviet and Chinese airspace, these flyers waged America´s longest and most secretively conducted air war. Many of the pilots Samuel interviewed invoke the same sentiment when asked why they risked their lives in the air - ´´I always wanted to fly.´´ While young, they were inspired by barnstormers, by World War I fighter legends, by the legendary Charles Lindbergh, and often just by seeing airplanes flying overhead. With the advent of World War II, many of these dreamers found themselves in cockpits soon after high school. Of those who survived World War II, many chose to continue following their dream, flying the Berlin Airlift, stopping the North Korean army during the ´´forgotten war´´ in Korea, and fighting in the Vietnam War. Told in personal narratives and reminiscences, I Always Wanted to Fly renders views from pilots´ seats and flight decks during every air combat flashpoint from 1945 to 1968. Drawn from long exposure to the immense stress of warfare, the stories these warriors share are both heroic and historic. The author, a veteran of many secret reconnaissance missions, evokes individuals and scenes with authority and grace. He provides clear, concise historical context for each airman´s memories. In I Always Wanted to Fly, he has produced both a thrilling and inspirational acknowledgment of personal heroism and a valuable addition to our documentation of the Cold War. The book is published by University Press of Mississippi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Seitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009724/bk_acx0_009724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A new bride is taken hard by the futa pilot! Mrs. Reynolds, a beautiful blonde with a smoking-hot body, is on her way to her dream honeymoon when she boarded Aphrodite Air. After joining the futa mile-high club with the vivacious, futa flight attendant in the airplane´s lavatory, she´s asked to see the Captain, another futanari. Eager to get another taste of a woman packing something extra, Mrs. Reynolds enters the cockpit. There she finds the copilot, a sexy Latina woman, has been very naught, and needs to be disciplined or she´ll lose her job. Mrs. Reynolds vigorously helps in her punishment as the futa captain takes liberties with the new bride´s assets. Mrs. Reynolds proves quite adept at handling the captain´s stick, and the controls have never been in better hands! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Concha Di Pastoro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094111/bk_acx0_094111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is a conspiracy to force Lis Miller to date men so socially inept even their mothers doubt their marriageability. A series of dates, each one more awful than the last, brings Lis to Jake, the pilot. In his tinkered together airplane, Jake flies Lis inverted to Block Island where she´s treated to a gourmet meal of fried Mars Bars. Eager to escape the ceaseless matchmaking, Lis boards a jet to California. En route, the flight makes national headlines, and who´s sitting in the cockpit? Jake. With Jake in her world, life is more upside down than right-side up. But just maybe that´s not a bad thing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kerri McCann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044531/bk_acx0_044531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A terrible blizzard, a grisly accident, a mid-air collision - and that´s only the beginning... Crippled by a high-altitude collision with another airplane, Wayfarer 880 , half the roof ripped away, flies on in the evening sky. Seated in the back, amid dead and dying passengers, pilot Donovan Nash fights decompression and oxygen deprivation to make it to the shattered cockpit. With help from a woman from his carefully concealed past, and a handful of survivors, Donovan must try to fly the heavily damaged plane with no electrical power or functioning instruments... On the ground, Dr. Lauren McKenna waits for Donovan, her fiancée, to arrive in Chicago, only to hear firsthand of the midair collision. Faced with a hostile airline executive who secretly wants the stricken airliner to vanish into the icy waters of Lake Michigan, Lauren must convince Henry Parrish, an unlikely ally, to help save the man she loves. Lauren and Henry find themselves involved in a deadly game of deception to try and stay one step ahead of the Airline as well as heightened security forces. As Flight 880 burns the last of its fuel, and not knowing who they can trust, Henry and Lauren rush to execute a daring midair solution to save Donovan and the others circling helplessly above. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Foley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000611/bk_bimo_000611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The definitive investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 and the mind of the copilot who committed the most shocking crime in aviation history. On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members were killed. In the ensuing days, a picture of the flight´s harrowing final moments began to emerge. Shortly after reaching cruise altitude, a 27-year-old first officer named Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit, took control of the plane, and deliberately caused its descent. In Fatal Descent, journalist and aviation expert Jeff Wise travels to Lubitz´s hometown in Germany and pieces together a definitive and haunting portrait of the killer and the system he betrayed, revealing in heart-pounding detail how a lifelong superachiever like Lubitz could have committed such an unthinkable act, what actually happened inside the cockpit, and whether current airline regulations leave us vulnerable to similar attacks in the future. Jeff Wise is a science journalist specializing in aviation and psychology. He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single The Plane That Wasn´t There, about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. A licensed pilot of gliders and light airplanes, he also has stick time in powered paragliders, trikes, World War II fighter planes, Soviet jet fighters, gyroplanes, and zeppelins as well as submarines, tanks, hovercraft, dog sleds, and swamp buggies. A contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, he has written for New York, The New York Times, Time, Businessweek, Esquire, Details, and many others. His Popular Mechanics story on the fate of Air France 447 was named one of the Top 10 Longreads of 2011. His last book was Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Wise. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025803/bk_adbl_025803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Aviatrix is the captivating story of one of the first women pilots to break into the all-male airline flight cockpit. Hired in 1976 at Hughes Airwest, Mary Bush made a herculean effort to overcome the resistance and harassment she faced in such a position, but it was to no avail. Mary was introduced to flying at an early age. She started flying as a teenager, studying and training long hours until she painstakingly obtained her ratings one by one. Financial hardships hit the family hard, though, and Mary - desperate for both flying experience and money - headed down to the infamous Corrosion Corner in South Florida to be a ´´freight dog´´ for fly-by-night operators. However, she was frequently denied work because of her gender. She kept praying, working, and struggling, though, with the hope of one day becoming an airline pilot, a job in which she would have both steady work and steady pay. Then, after her brother was lost at sea in one of the family airplanes, Mary was more determined than ever to become a pilot at an airline, just as her brother had planned to be. So, when she was offered the position at Hughes Airwest, Mary was thrilled. Going out west to fly jets was everything she had dreamed of and worked for. The discrimination and lewd remarks she had often faced in Florida, though, had not even come close to preparing her for the relentless harassment she would encounter as the first woman pilot at an airline. A close-up and enthralling account of Mary´s struggles as an aviation pioneer, this book will astound, appall, and inspire you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033240/bk_acx0_033240_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.