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Airplanes, Women, and Song Memoirs of a Fighter Ace, Test Pilot, and Adventurer

Adam Hochschild

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ISBN 10: 0815605455 / ISBN 13: 9780815605454
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Hardcover. 272 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 8.3in. x 0.9in.Sergeivsky dictated this lively and personal memoir in 1934 when he and Charles Lindbergh were about to set eight world records in a giant Pan American Clipper. It also details many exciting and historic events of his life from his time as a Russian infantry fighter to his worldwide pioneering flights. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780815605454

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Title: Airplanes, Women, and Song Memoirs of a ...

Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd)

Binding: Hardcover

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Boris Sergievsky was one of the most colorful of the early aviators. He made his first flight less than ten years after the Wright brothers made theirs; he made his last only four years before the Concorde took off. Born in Russia, Sergievsky learned to fly in 1912. In World War I, he became a much-decorated infantry officer and then a fighter pilot, battling the Austro-Hungarians. During the Russian Civil War that followed, he fought on three fronts against the Bolsheviks.
Coming to America in 1923, the first job he could find in New York was with a pick and shovel, digging the Holland Tunnel, but he soon joined Igor Sikorsky?s airplane company. Over the next decade as chief test pilot for the company, he tested the Sikorsky flying boats that Pan American Airways used to establish its world-wide routes, setting seventeen world aviation records along the way.
Sergievsky also flew pioneering flights across unchartered African and Latin American jungles in the 1930s, flew with Charles Lindbergh, tested early helicopters and jets, and flew his own Grumman Mallard on charter flights until 1965. Through it all, his sense of humor remained intact, as did his passion for beautiful women.

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In World War I, Boris Sergievsky won Imperial Russia's highest honor for leading his infantrymen in a charge that captured a fortified enemy hilltop. He then took to the air to become a fighter pilot and combat ace. As a test pilot, adventurer, flier for two more air forces and the pilot for explorers and prospectors in Africa and Latin America, he flew on four continents. His memoirs are edited by two writers who knew him well: his nephew, Adam Hochschild, and aviation editor Allan Forsyth.

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