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Solo

Solo

(2005)
My Adventures in the Air
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When Clyde Edgerton was four years old, his mother took him to a local airport to see the airplanes. Eighteen years later, she would take him to the same airport to catch a plane to Texas for Air Force pilot training. She'd been his first passenger when he got his aviator's license. She'd supported his decision to join the Air Force. All the same, she wished he'd kept up his piano lessons instead.

But Truma Edgerton's only son had fallen in love with flying, and had fallen hard. His plan was to pilot the newest, sleekest, fastest aircraft available. The first time he soloed in a jet, he felt 'a strange pride and power.' By then, the only access to the cockpits of fighter jets was via the war in Vietnam. So he spent a year flying combat reconnaissance over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and he won the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Back at home, he took up another passion - writing. By and by, he bought himself his own airplane, a Piper Super Cruiser that he named Annabelle. Now, thirty years after Vietnam, Clyde Edgerton looks back at his youthful passion for flying, at the joy he took in mastering it, at the exhilaration - and lingering anguish - of combat flight.

Solo is a story told with empathy and humor - and with searing honesty that will resonate with every pilot who remembers the first take off, the first landing, the first solo. For those of us who always choose the window seat, it's a thrilling story to experience vicariously.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Solo: My Adventures in the Air
Author(s): Clyde Edgerton
ISBN: 1-56512-426-X / 978-1-56512-426-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Shannon Ravenel Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

November 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Solo: My Adventures in the Air (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Author(s): Clyde Edgerton
ISBN: 1-56512-546-0 / 978-1-56512-546-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Shannon Ravenel Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Solo: My Adventures in the Air (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Author(s): Clyde Edgerton
Publisher: A Shannon Ravenel Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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