From a very young age, Gino Pastori knew he wanted to fly the iconic DC-3. He wanted to fly freight because it was flown at night. Gino shares his memories of what it took to become a commercial pilot and what it was like to live the dream. With more than 7,400 flying hours logged in DC-3s, there were many incredible flying stories. This memoir includes the most memorable stories, such as flying a plane after being temporarily blinded by a lightning strike.
Through the stories, Gino describes the skills needed to be a successful DC-3 pilot. Since the DC-3 is a taildragger, it requires unique skills during take off and landing. Care must also be taken with the radial engines to avoid damaging them. Flying freight also involved long hours and occasionally sleeping under a wing of the plane.
There are also moments of celebration like the feeling of that first ever flight at the controls of a DC-3.
This fast-paced memoir puts you in the pilot's seat of a great adventure.
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Full of Pilot clichés, stories of luck & boasting.
That the author showcased his many poor aeronautical decisions, and how great of a pilot he was to have survived them, without pointing out his errors and what he could have/should have done differently. A few examples: the particular emphasis he put on not declaring an emergency to ATC during obviously emergency situations, knowingly flying into thunderstorms, obvious chronic fatigue from incredibly long work days/weeks/months, and other unnecessarily risky maneuvers in pursuit of maintaining the delivery schedule.It's no wonder why many of the small cargo airlines of yesteryear with dismal safety records are no longer in business.
IFR (+/- 200ft) & VFR rules, and obscure radio frequencies were repeated ad nauseam.
Great story about a normal kid with a pretty normal dream
- Dave Siegler