Just published is “Out of the Blue, 100 Adventures in Aviation,” by GAN columnist Russ Hulet.
All of the stories in the book previously appeared in General Aviation News between May 1998 and January 2003. Most of the pilots were subscribers to GAN.
“There were those ‘blue sky’ pilots who insisted that their flying was routine and uneventful, but I discovered that nearly all pilots have an interesting story to tell,” Hulet said.
The aviators in the book came from 31 of the 50 states, criss-crossing the country from Alaska to Florida, from New Hampshire to California. Their adventures took place not just in the U.S., but all over the world. They ranged in age from the early teens to 100 and their stories were as varied as their backgrounds. They survived crashes, took part in rescues, saw the beauty of the country from the air, battled terrible storms, flew missions of mercy, and visited places that only an airplane can provide.
“More than anything, the people who lived these stories represent a spirit of adventure shared by all who seek the skies and the sense of freedom that flying brings,” Hulet continued. “Many of them mentioned being hooked by that first plane ride that led to a lifetime of flying. But in all cases, their stories came out of the blue.”