North Star over My Shoulder

North Star over My Shoulder It is rare to find one person whose life embodies the history of an industry the way Bob Buck s life encompasses the history of commercial aviation in America Buck first flew in the s inspired by

  • Title: North Star over My Shoulder
  • Author: Bob Buck
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  • Page: 113
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It is rare to find one person whose life embodies the history of an industry the way Bob Buck s life encompasses the history of commercial aviation in America Buck first flew in the 1920s, inspired by the exploits of Charles Lindbergh In 1930, at age sixteen, he flew solo from coast to coast, breaking the junior transcontinental speed record In 1936 he flew nonstop fromIt is rare to find one person whose life embodies the history of an industry the way Bob Buck s life encompasses the history of commercial aviation in America Buck first flew in the 1920s, inspired by the exploits of Charles Lindbergh In 1930, at age sixteen, he flew solo from coast to coast, breaking the junior transcontinental speed record In 1936 he flew nonstop from Burbank, California, to Columbus, Ohio, in a 90 horsepower Monocoupe to establish a world distance record for light airplanes He joined Transcontinental and Western Air TWA as a copilot in 1937 when he retired thirty seven years later, he had made than 2,000 Atlantic crossings and his role had progressed from such tasks as retracting a DC 2 s landing gear with a cockpit based hand pump to command of a wide body 747 Buck s experiences go back to a time when flying was something glamorous He flew with and learned from some true pioneers of aviation the courageous pilots who created the airmail service during flying s infancy At the behest of his employer Howard Hughes, Buck spent three months flying with Tyrone Power on a trip to South America, Africa, and Europe He flew the New York Paris Cairo route in the days when flight plans called for lengthy stopovers, and enjoyed all that those romantic places had to offer He took part in a flight that circled the globe sideways from pole to pole He advised TWA s president on the shift to jet planes a world expert on weather and flight, Buck used a B 17G to chase thunderstorms worldwide as part of a TWA Air Force research project during World War II, for which he was awarded the Air Medal as a civilian by President Truman In North Star over My Shoulder, Bob Buck tells of a life spent up and over the clouds, and of the wonderful places and marvelous people who have been a part of that life He captures the feel, taste, and smell of flying s greatest era how the people lived, what they did and felt, and what it was really like to be a part of the world as it grew smaller and smaller He relates stories from his innumerable visits to Paris, the city he loves than any other echoing Gertrude Stein s view that America is my country, and Paris is my home town and from his trips to the Middle East, including flights to Israel before and after it became a state A terrific storyteller and a fascinating man, Bob Buck has turned his well lived life into a delightful memoir for anyone who remembers when there really was something special in the air.

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