A collection of pieces from Flying magazine by civilian, military, and commercial pilots describing their worst moments. Whether the villan is de-icing, engine or instrument failure, an erring compass, or just time and fuel running out, the sky is ready to be victor over novice and old-timer alike. Perhaps the greatest danger of all is hubris: a pilot who doesn't turn back when the instruments are failing because he's counting on the weather to clear, or who's embarrassed to radio Mayday when fuel is running low, or believes that the same mistake can never happen twice, is likely to follow in the footsteps of Icarus. Some of these tales are amusing (in retrospect, anyway)--the pilot who had two gear-up landings, or the guy who landed his Cessna at the wrong Kansas City--and others are just plain scary. But all should be useful for beginner and expert pilot alike--in flying you can't count on anything, especially beginners' luck.