In this exciting and unusual travel book, Martin Buckley journeys through many places, from Benbecula to Rarotonga, from Sudan to New Zealand, from Corsica to Tucson, Arizona - but the country he explores is a romantic and dangerous place that seduces all who travel there - the sky.
Three years ago, Martin Buckley gained a pilot's licence, and set off to 'hitch-hike' by plane around the world. His encounters with a range of sometimes eccentric and always obsessive pilots led to aid flights through war zones in a UN Cessna, aerobatics in a jet fighter, chasing goats across snowy mountains by helicopter and touching the edge of the stratosphere in a Learjet.
The result is a wholly original travel book, free-spirited and often very funny, weaving a bird's-eye view of aviation's peculiar history into the narrative and offering intimate insights into the passion and perils of the pilot's seat.
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"Buckley is a born storyteller" ( Observer)
"His stories are extraordinary-he tells them with the kind of boyish excitement that's a world away from airport check-in queues" ( The Times)
"Read Absolute Altitude for the sensitivity and shrewdness with which Buckley describes people he encounters. He has an unerring instinct for remarkable lives behind ordinary exteriors" ( Independent)
"Buckley writes wonderfully well, with a novelists ear for dialogue" ( Evening Standard)
Martin Buckley hitch-hikes around the world in some of the oldest and strangest planes still in use.
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Book Description VINTAGE (RAND). Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P08A-wqfa9122n
Book Description VINTAGE (RAND), 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099273527