Sergeant Tore Bo of the Norwegian Air Force, ""still green but learning more every day,"" experiences some ""hectic weeks"" and one hairy landing before he's chosen to compete in the national navigation championship -- ""proof that he's made it as a pilot, even though he still had plenty to learn."" During the competition ""he and the plane were one,"" but just as he's about to cruise home for his prize, fellow pilot Arild collides with a flock of birds and ""the championship took a back seat. His friend was in danger."" Tore guides the half-blinded Arild to a landing seconds before his own fuel runs out, and ends the day a hero when ""the general pinned the squadron insignia on Tore's chest amid enthusiastic applause."" By this time any reader still winging along has switched to automatic pilot.