Flight of Passage

Flight of Passage

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Writer Rinker Buck looks back more than 30 years to a summer when he and his brother, at ages 15 and 17 respectively, became the youngest duo to fly across America, from New Jersey to California. Having grown up in an aviation family, the two boys bought an old Piper Cub, restored it themselves, and set out on the grand journey. Buck is a great storyteller, and once you get airborne with the boys you find yourself absorbed in a story of adventure and family drama. And Flight of Passage is also an affecting look back to the summer of 1966, when the times seemed much less cynical and adventures much more enjoyable.
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Books,, 2015
Edition: First Hachette Books trade edition
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780786883158
Branch Call Number: 629.13097 BUC
Characteristics: ix, 351 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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Jun 05, 2013

I loved this book, from the writing style that was no-nonsense and yet introspective, to the story and settings. It seems like a story that could have only happened in the 1960s, with the innocent, clean-cut, "Leave it to Beaver" mentality. And the juxtaposition of these times and attitudes with the boys' gutter talk was pretty great. Aside from the sheer adventure of two teens discovering the wide range of geography and people in the USA, I loved the relationship between the brothers. Kern seems quiet and geeky and naive, yet skilled and cool-headed and confident when piloting the Cub; and Rink was more outgoing and goofy and yet contemplative and great at things like navigation and calculating fuel use. Such complementary personalities and skills, but at odds and butting heads until they were out on their own and working together. Great story.

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