In 1966 Kern and Rinker Buck, aged 17 and 15, bought a delapidated piper cub plane for $300, restored it over the winter in their barn and then spent the summer flying across America. They were the youngest aviators on record ever to fly an aeroplane coast to coast. In part, this is the compelling story of that flight, with writing about ...
In 1966 Kern and Rinker Buck, aged 17 and 15, bought a delapidated piper cub plane for $300, restored it over the winter in their barn and then spent the summer flying across America. They were the youngest aviators on record ever to fly an aeroplane coast to coast. In part, this is the compelling story of that flight, with writing about aeroplanes, pilots and about being in the air. The Buck brothers were retracing the mythical route west taken by their father, Tom Buck, who in 1932 during the Depression barnstormed around the country as a young pilot himself until financial ruin and a terrible air crash in 1945, in which he lost his leg and another man was killed, changed him utterly. The boy's flight was to fulfil their father's dream and yet, as they move across the country, so they become liberated from this dominating man and also explore their own relationship. This is a book about family, about ties, about masculinity and independence, but Rinker Buck is writing it as much as anything for his own daughters to take them inside a world which was, at the time, exclusively male.
True story told by a great story teller. Just plain fun to read. Made me laugh out loud
Jul 29, 2010
Very good book about the things you run into in flying coast to coast. And about the relationships between parents and children and between brothers.
Jan 24, 2008
A pilots must read !
From an old or new stick and rudder pilot, this book is a must read. It has everthing in it to light the candle of a young pilot, or to inspire and rekindle the dreams of an old pilot. I have both the book and the audio tapes. The audio tapes I believe are out of print, however, if you look on the internet you will find them. The tapes are narrated by the author Rinker Buck, who puts all the enthusiasm into it. You actually find yourself flying across the country with them. Happy reading or listening Dennis
Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-07 "It was the best summer of our lives and there would never be another one like it," Buck recalls in this gripping adventure story from June 1966. That was when, at age 15, he and his 17-year-old brother, Kern, flew from New Jersey to California and back in a Piper Cub that they had painstakingly restored, becoming the youngest aviators to fly coast to coast. Freelance writer Buck successfully combines details of this flight with a chronicle of the family interaction that inspired the trip. The eldest sons of magazine publisher Tom Buck, father of 11 children and a barnstorming pilot whose flying days ended when he lost a leg in a 1946 plane accident, Rink and Kern were raised to fly. This coming-of-age memoir, replete with colorful anecdotes about open-cockpit planes and their pilots, is a pleasure to read. Photos. BOMC, QPB and Reader's Digest Condensed Books selections; audio rights to BDD Audio. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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