When a pilot experiences a sudden loud bang or sudden total silence, he is often faced with the stark choice of the parachute or attempting to get the aircraft down to earth in as few pieces as possible. This book describes twenty-three remarkable and true instances when, for a variety of reasons, all seems lost - but life was not. These life-threatening incidents range through the history of powered flight and all over the globe from Arctic waste to desert sand and from English hillside to coral reef. Within the narrative are moments of humour, despair and utter joy. The author has gleaned his information from a myriad of sources and many personal accounts. For those who love to read of the human spirit and its determination to survive against all odds - this book makes splendid reading.
Alec Brew is a renowned aviation writer and historian. His previous books include The Defiant File, Boulton Paul Aircraft Since 1915, Shropshire Airfields, Sunbeam Aero-engines and, in a moment of pure abandonment Wolverhampton Pubs. He is a leading figure in many branches of historical aviation research societies and lives in - guess where.