Flight of Passage

Flight of Passage

Book - 1997
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The author recounts how he and his brother, then teenagers, piloted a plane across the U.S., and how the landmark flight drew them closer to each other and to their father, a stunt flyer.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786861002
0786861002
Branch Call Number: 629.13097/BUCK
Characteristics: 351p. 24cm.

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hmcgivney
Jun 05, 2013

I loved this book, from the writing style that was no-nonsense and yet introspective, to the story and settings. It seems like a story that could have only happened in the 1960s, with the innocent, clean-cut, "Leave it to Beaver" mentality. And the juxtaposition of these times and attitudes with the boys' gutter talk was pretty great. Aside from the sheer adventure of two teens discovering the wide range of geography and people in the USA, I loved the relationship between the brothers. Kern seems quiet and geeky and naive, yet skilled and cool-headed and confident when piloting the Cub; and Rink was more outgoing and goofy and yet contemplative and great at things like navigation and calculating fuel use. Such complementary personalities and skills, but at odds and butting heads until they were out on their own and working together. Great story.

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