Title: Zero Three Bravo: Solo Across America in a ...
Publisher: Knopf, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
*Flat-Signed by Author on title page. *Stated First Edition, A Borsoi Book, Knopf. Hardcover in Fine condition, whistle-clean and unmarked, inside and out, in a DJ that is also Fine with a hint of a a wrinkle and a inside back-flap that has a mini-crease. and is unclipped and price-intact ($25.00). From the inside dj flap -- "There hasn't been a book in fifty years that makes you want to be a pilot like Mariana Gosnell's journal of flying. What a beautiful piece of work it is, sensible and romantic and funny, not an ounce of pomposity in it, all about seeing America and about the American dream of being your own person." -- Garrison Keillor. also from the flap --- "Taking a leave from her job, and packing all the clothes, charts, and emergency equipment that she could squeeze into her Luscombe Silvaire (a Model 8F built in 1950, with two seats, high wings, and a 95 horsepower engine). she sets out to fly from one small airport to another around the United States. We're with her in the cockpit, sharing the excitements, sights, and even the techniques of flying, as she cruises low, navigating almost solely by landmarks, maneuvering through rain and winds, and always delighting in the ever-changing panorama below. Bookseller Inventory # 001149
Synopsis: Mariana Gosnell takes the reader along on her extraordinary voyage across the U.S. in her single-engine Luscombe Silvaire, Zero Three Bravo. Enticed by the ribbon of sky that she could see from her Manhattan office window, she took a leave of absence from her job and made a three-month solo flight, navigating by use of landmarks and landing in America's little-known, back-country airports. She traveled south from her home airport of Spring Valley, New York, down to North Carolina and Georgia, west across Texas to Los Angeles and north to San Francisco, and then east over the Rockies, the plains, and the farms of the Midwest until she was back home.
What results is a lyrical description of land, sky, and water interwoven with experiences among small-town folks, maverick crop-dusters, banner towers, mechanics, and airport loiterers. With each landing there is a story to be told: the deaf-mute pilot who grounded himself until the eggs in the bird's nest lodged in his plane's engine had hatched, the woman running an airport by herself after losing both her husband and son to flying accidents, and the pilots and "hangar bums" who tried to hide their surprise when they saw a woman pilot flying cross-country solo.
This true story -- including photos taken on the trip -- will make the confirmed urban dweller yearn for open spaces and the adventurous life.
About the Author:
Mariana Gosnell is a former medicine reporter for "Newsweek," Her articles have appeared in many magazines, including "Smithsonian" and "National Wildlife," She is the author of "Zero Three Bravo: Solo Across America in a Small Plane."
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