Fly Low Fly Fast: Inside the Reno Air Races

  • 336 pages
  • English
  • Hardcover
Fly Low Fly Fast:  Inside the Reno Air Races

৳ Hardcover [ Fly Low Fly Fast: Inside the Reno Air Races ] జ Book Author Robert Gandt ᔥ The high risk sport of unlimited air racingAin which racers fly wingtip to wingtip around towers at high speedsAis extolled with a focus on the 1997 and 1998 Reno Air Races, which are held annually in September and draw as many as 150,000 spectators A former navy pilot and current Delta Airlines captain, Gandt Bogeys and Bandits shares his knowledge of the planes, but his detailed descriptions of the former warbirds will appeal mainly to hardware junkies And his comprehensive account of the sport s history and evolution, which could clarify much for the reader, doesn t appear until the second part of the book But Gandt does succeed in portraying the bravura of the flyers, who are traditionally male the first woman entered in 1990 , and their rivalries in colorful depictions of the Brethren, the sport s elite pilots, ranging from former astronauts and ex military pilots to Bill Tiger Destefani, an ex farmer who has won the race six times In trying to understand why unlimited air racing hasn t caught on like stock car racing Wasn t stock car racing a redneck thing he has flyers wondering By comparison, air racing attracted a rarefied class of mostly college educated, affluent aviation enthusiasts , Gandt examines the differences between the two sports, but one similarity emerges the prospect of mayhem Fans want to see action and possible destruction Many accidents are mentioned, including a fatal 1949 crash in which a plane hit a home, killing a mother and child, an occurrence that halted air racing for 15 years Gandt s souped up, jargonized writing is for fans of air racing and warships and lovers of extreme sports, not for the average sports reader Nov Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.A history of Unlimited AirRacing over 35 years at Reno, Nev., an annual high risk competition among veteran top pilots of propeller driven planes that are mostly hyped up WWII surplus fighters innovatively improved to drive their original wartime speed to close to 500 miles per hour Gandt Bogeys and Bandits, 1997, etc , a former navy pilot and a current Delta Air Lines captain, writes of the successors to old time daredevil speedsters and test pilots like Jimmy Doolittle and Roscoe Turner The modern racers, who may be friends and comrades, try to outdo one another while competing to win the big race near the desert at Reno The best fighters of WWII, such as the P 51 Mustang and the P 38 Lightning, were worked on by expert, creative pit crews and investors to win the coveted race and the fat purse Professional air racing has been called the most dangerous sport in the world, one that sometimes claims the lives of the most adroit and experienced pilots The Reno event attracts as many as 100,000 grandstand spectators Some form fan clubs around favorite celebrity pilots The majority of the contestants are former military and airline flyers, hotshot test pilots, and a few former astronauts Gandt describes some scary situations, when even the best equipment, stressed and strained by the tremendous speed, can result in crashes and loss of life despite the superior skills of flyers and ground crews Gandt points out that WWII relics gradually wear down and become too valuable as antiques and collectors items to be risked in demanding competition Included are colorful descriptions of characters driven by their love of planes and flying May well appeal to aficionados of flying and those who enjoy adventure stories, but not necessarily the general reader population Copyright 1999, Kirkus Associates, LP All rights reserved. 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