Yardarm and Cockpit Hardcover

Yardarm and Cockpit Hardcover

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David D. Allyn has led a life that others can only dream about. Adventurer, traveler, sailor, aviator, explorer, and big-hearted bon vivant, Dave came of age while sailing around the world on the last voyage of the tall Brigantine Yankee with all the accompanying tales of drudgery and heat punctuated by terrifying gales, tension amongst the crew members, and a too-close encounter with a one-thousand-pound bull shark. Then there was the time he survived emergency surgery on the ship's kitchen table. An adrenaline junky, Dave also flew planes back in the days when you needed a helmet and goggles to do it. Aviators and historians will delight in his vivid accounts of flying vintage aircraft-139 different types in all, as well as his stories of collecting a large fleet of famous old aircraft and establishing a fixed base operation-it's still there: Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota, Florida-and a museum. These stories aren't just about boats and aircraft, however, they're also about people and pristine landscapes. You'll visit Tahiti, Bimini, and the Galapagos before tourists got there. You'll meet cowboys, mechanics, skydivers, artists, deep-sea divers with a death wish, crazy drunks, and a host of other characters who knew how to live life large. A life-affirming, swaggering book, qYardarm and Cockpitq is one wild ride without a seat belt.She was the initial test ship that the US Forest Service used to prove the feasibility of using borate bombing to control wildfires. She was also ... I spent two days poring over her specs in her U.S. Army Air Corps flight training manual. She is ... Her Wright 2600-13 engines produced 3, 400 horses at max takeoff power and since she was always flown light, she would become airborne at 110 mph indicated.

Title:Yardarm and Cockpit Hardcover
Author:David D. Allyn
Publisher:Sunstone Press - 2013


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