THE FIRST FIVE MILLION MILES by Byron Moore

THE FIRST FIVE MILLION MILES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A veteran aviator and senior pilot for American Airlines, Moore has a big backlog of experience for this Jaunty history of commercial aviation in America. With his own life, and the American Airlines, as a take-off, Moore traces the steps of progress from the days of ""pioneer passengers"" up to cocktails in the stratosphere, and from Bill Boeing's luck in a poker game to the advance of the DC 4's. All of it is highly readable, anecdotal material, but there are solid facts as well, in the chapters covering government and safety requirements, navigation, weather, the pilot and his duties, the stewardess and hers, maintenance, engineering and finances... As a friendly frank introduction to the sky world of the big planes, this offers a few well-spent hours in the air and should have some vocational value as well.

Publisher: Harper