Ever heard the story about the guy who landed a C-119 in Iwo Jima, in a typhoon, while seated on the floor of the cockpit?
What about the guy who, in 1963, flew a DC-4 1,200 miles north of Point Barrow, Alaska, and landed on an “ice island” in support of the Arctic Research Laboratories?
You’ll learn about both and dozens more when you read Noel Merrill Wien’s entertaining autobiography, “Born to Fly.”
I can’t imagine Wien spent much time on the ground, let alone away from an airport, as story after story spill forth.
From the book’s back cover, “Born into a family of aviators, Merrill Wien was destined to become a pilot…One of the most versatile and experienced pilots of his time, Merrill has flown just about every type of aircraft imaginable from DC-3s to Lockheed 1011s to historic military planes like the cargo C-46 and B-29 bomber to the Hiller UH-12E chopper.”
From the smallest to the largest, slowest to fastest, Wien has flown them all – or nearly so – and has stories to tell.
Wien is rather modest, and his storytelling and writing reflect that. But, Born to Fly is worth every moment you’ll spend with it.
Born to Fly is available for $16.99 (paperback) or $11.99 (Kindle edition) from Amazon.com and other bookstores.