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by Anthony J. Vallone


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Air Vagabonds works well in many ways: true adventure stories, travelogue, partial autobiography, bits of. .Mr. Vallone presents them all with honesty and humor, and a good heart.

Air Vagabonds works well in many ways: true adventure stories, travelogue, partial autobiography, bits of philosophy, sketches of interesting real-life characters. These resourceful and spirited people faced an incredible variety of challenges doing a job very few of us would be able or willing to do. He comes across as an intelligent and likeable citizen of the world.

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into . An international aircraft ferry pilot from 1974-1995, Anthony J. Vallone was in the industry from the beginning of light aircraft manufacturing.

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations. In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of pilots-ferry pilots-willing to fly thousands of planes to clients in every corner of the globe. Long-range solo flying is not for everyone.

Air Vagabonds initiates readers to the little-known profession of airplane ferry piloting during the 1970s through the 1980s - a time when the United States was exporting record numbers of light aircraft throughout the world. One of the more experienced of these ferry pilots, Anthony J. Vallone follows the exploits of a band of intrepid, roguish aviators as they journey to Europe, to exotic cities of the Far East, to snowy, windswept settlements of Greenland, and into the heart of volatile African nations. This small air force of pilots willingly ferried thousands of Beech, Piper, and Cessna.

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Air Vagabonds does just that. Being neither a pilot, or particularly fond of non-fiction, I was somewhat cautious when this book was recommended to me by a friend. But once I started, I felt I was a part of this adventurous, lonely, and yes, sometimes foolhardy way of life. Did I think the book was compelling? I'm over Greenland. Ice is forming on my wings. In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of pilots—ferry pilots—willing to fly thousands of planes to clients in every corner of the globe. Long-range solo flying is not for everyone, and it attracted a cast of eccentric, unforgettable mavericks who flew from one misadventure to the next, battling storms, desert winds, aircraft malfunctions, primitive navigational aids, loneliness, chemical imbalances, and dangerous Third World politics. Some carried on international scams and love affairs, some were lost at sea, some imprisoned by African despots. They’re all here, described with humor and high drama by one of their own, a survivor with phenomenal recall, a knack for distinguishing character from bluster, and a great ear for dialogue and aviation lore.

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Ariseym
Almost any pilot at any level is going to appreciate the stories in this book. Some of the stories are completely unreal - I couldn't imagine trying to fly across the north Atlantic in a Cessna 150. Other stories are hilarious, such as tales of trying to ferry a plane to Africa and all of the troubles they encountered. I'm not 100% sure a non-pilot would appreciate this book, because I feel that you have to know a fair bit about flying to appreciate some of the imagery that Mr. Vallone uses. On the other hand, I think almost anybody would appreciate the stories of these young men traveling the world in small aircraft. There's a huge sense of adventure in this book, and I think anybody who can understand some of the technical terms will love it.
Blueshaper
I bought my first copy of this book years ago when I was contemplating taking flying lessons. It more than pushed me over the edge to actually pick up the phone and schedule my first lesson, so it holds a very dear place in my heart as I'm now a commercially-rated pilot. It's one of those books that has such great stories, stories so unique to that very specific line of work, that I was riveted the whole time and have now read it multiple times. I tell my friends this should be a must read for all pilots, adventurers, travelers, and historians.
ALAN
I couldn't put the book down and the rereading is full of the same pleasure I experienced in real life and my first readings. The author shares his adventures in Africa and mine were in South America and parts of Europe. We have traveled many of the same roads and I now recall that bartender in Canada right before the big jump across the pond. This is the first time I have read what I always wanted to write but there is no need now as it has already been done here in an exemplary fashion. They were amazing years. Thank you Tony.
Global Progression
This is a book about the author's experiences in ferrying light aircraft around the world, mostly from the United States in the mid 1970's to the mid 1990's. It details many of both his and his colleagues adventures around the world from the early days across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to the and of the general aviation boom and some might say industry in the 1990's. I enjoyed this book and admired the author and his fellow pilots for the risks they took and the skill involved particularly in the early days of ferrying when navigation and communications technology was very primitive compared to todays. I had the privilege of meeting some of the ferry pilots during the period described in this book and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with and aviation background. It is a good read.
Kardana
Air Vagabonds works well in many ways: true adventure stories, travelogue, partial autobiography, bits of philosophy, sketches of interesting real-life characters. These resourceful and spirited people faced an incredible variety of challenges doing a job very few of us would be able or willing to do. Mr. Vallone presents them all with honesty and humor, and a good heart. He comes across as an intelligent and likeable citizen of the world.
Venemarr
By chance, I happened to meet one of the pilots documented in this book. He is every bit the character that is portrayed within these chapters. I have met hundreds of pilots in my career but none of them had flying stories that could compare to the ones told in this wonderful book. As you move from chapter to chapter you find yourself covering vast distances and soon the reader is alone over the Pacific consuming pages of the book as steadily as the ferry pilots airplanes consumed precious fuel. This is a book of true pilot stories that will captivate every airman and intrigue the layman.
Hilarious Kangaroo
I have recommended this book to many people over the years and am always relating one of the fun tales I read from within the pages. What a dangerous, but invigorating time to fly. It's going to be on my shelf for a long time, as I always find myself going back to reread one of the crazy true tales.
i am one of the members of this strange group of airmens - i flew with tony vallone

i have in fact written my own books on the subject

tony vallone has done a great job on this book although his narratives are a bit corny, but very captivating
Air Vagabonds: Oceans, Airmen, and a Quest for Adventure download epub
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Author: Anthony J. Vallone
ISBN: 1588341372
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Transportation
Language: English
Publisher: Smithsonian Books (October 2003)
Pages: 312 pages