With that indispensable partner, Charlie, a single-engine Cessna 180, the Lowell Thomas Jrs. set out for adventure from Paris -- and got as far as Hunza, where Tay's discovery of approaching parenthood proved the final fillip to a full trip. Here are records of breath-holding flights over African terrain, of accommodations and accomplishments. In Stanleyville, the authors worked on a Congo Village story; in the Ituri Forest, they filmed the pygmies and visited Anne Putnam; in Kenya they participated in a RAF raid on the Mau Mau and flew over Kilimanjaro; in Tehran they talked with the Shah and in Afghanistan with the nomads. A journal-like recounting, with the mode of travel the primary adventure, the other encounters asides to the pre-occupation with survival and arrival.