By Noel Merrill Wien,William Anders

Born right into a relatives of aviators, Merrill Wien used to be destined to turn into a pilot. His father, Noel Wien, used to be one of many first pilots to fly in Alaska and his lifestyles was once jam-packed with firsts, together with making the 1st round-trip flight among Asia and North the US in 1929. His mom performed a major function within the founding and improvement of Wien Alaska airways, the second-oldest scheduled airline within the usa and territories.

One of the main flexible and skilled pilots of his time, Merrill has flown as regards to each plane possible from DC-3s to Lockheed 1011s to historical army planes just like the shipment C-46 and B-29 bomber to the Hiller UH-12E chopper. even supposing essentially modest by means of nature, friends and family inspired Merrill to percentage his outstanding tales given his accomplishments and reviews with such a lot of well-known humans and occasions. His tone is engagingly casual as he recounts crossing paths with such luminaries as Joe Crosson, Howard Hughes, Lowell Thomas Sr. and Lowell Thomas Jr., Sam White, Don Sheldon, Brad Washburn, Wally Schirra, and invoice Anders. He re-creates for readers his firsthand stories flying top-secret missions for the Air strength, viewing the devastation of the nice Friday Earthquake in Anchorage, and the demanding situations of beginning his personal helicopter corporation, to call quite a few. His attention-grabbing narrative is complemented by means of pictures from his own archives.

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