50 Tales of Flight
You will be moved as the magic of flight reaches beyond the cockpit to stir the senses and the heart … In “50 Tales of Flight”, the reader is more than merely taken aloft. The flight deck door has been cracked ajar and the canvas cover pulled back from vintage biplane in a book that is built from the ground up. From the alarm clock buzzing to begin the airline pilot’s day to the sound of silence when a light aircraft engine fails and all that lies beneath are trees and cliffs.
There are moments of tension and others of humorous relief to be found among this collection of stories from the author’s thirty years aloft. Interspersed are tales of other aviators too. Veterans of wars now passed and some who lost their lives pursuing their passion.
There are images of the sights and people contained within the words. In some ways this book tracks an aviation life, but in others it offers insights and inspiration; just as the sky itself does. For anyone interested in aviation, or just intrigued by this seemingly removed field of endeavour, there is much to be seen through these “50 Tales of Flight”.
’50 Tales of Flight’ is obviously a great read for pilots and aircraft enthusiasts but it also offers the novice, like myself, a wonderful insight into the world of flight. The stories are many and varied about planes and the people who have flown and continue to fly them. I hardly know an aileron from a wing tip but I enjoy a story that is well told and so this book had me from page one. It is clear that author is passionate about wanting to share his own experiences and the experiences of others in his ’50 Tales of Flight”. Congratulations on a great book about planes, pilots, adventures, human spirit and much more that has been written for everyone to enjoy.
Owen’s tales provide 50 glimpses into what it is like to turn an early passion for aviation into a life on the wing, one that is not all sunglasses and epaulettes. Each story is not just able to describe a section of his life, it pulls you into the cockpit, right beside/behind him. For someone who has shared his passion but taken a different path in life it has also provided a quite emotional “what if my life had taken a different path”. If you know a child who looks up at the sound of an engine, encourage them to read 50 Tales to see where it can lead.
This book provides a very interesting view into the flying world. While I’ve been a passenger on many flights, in a variety of craft, during my 30+ years of flying, I have never heard “the insiders view”. Zupp provides a great mix of personal stories, historical information, technical details, and super pictures. I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something to give a pilot, a plane enthusiast, or just someone who loves travel, this one is certainly a winner.
The authour is able to accurately EXPRESS a pilots thoughts and feelings along the style of Ernest K Gann and enjoyed this book to the very last word.Look forward to reading more books from Owen Zupp as an old “fly boy ” I can feel myself “back in the seat” I loved for 30 plus years !
A well written gathering of short stories. Zupp draws on his lifetime in aviation, melding tales of days gone by, with the present day. These tales are unique in that they are not a simple “blow by blow ” account , but they are artfully interwoven with the authors obvious passion for aviation. Not many authors have the gift of painting with words, however whilst reading these stories ,I could feel the wind in my face ,and hear the growl of a radial engine reluctantly coming to life on a winters morning. I felt “on board the aircraft ” reading of episodes nearly 70 years ago, or about the day in the life of an airline pilot. An essential read for anyone searching for some quality aviation writing.
Interesting writing style designed to cover a variety of flying episodes with continuity. Owen impresses me as having developed an approach to aviation similar to many Alaska bush pilots, many of whom went on to fly with the airlines. Having spent many years flying with these fellows in Alaska, they have also impressed me with their resourcefulness and flying ability. Although perhaps minor, an interesting facet of Owen’s writing style is that, to my recollection, he always referred to the second pilot as “my fellow pilot” rather than the co-pilot – maybe this explains why QANTAS has such a good reputation if all their pilots are like Owen.