My Blue Yonder

byCarl Gamble

Kobo ebook | November 20, 2016

My Blue Yonder by Carl Gamble

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Carl Gamble, a premier airline pilot, has penned a remarkable memoir, a powerful story about his journey from the cotton fields of Madison County, Alabama, to the captain’s seat flying jumbo jets between North America and Europe.   While in grade school, Gamble was inspired by jet fighters flying over Madison from a near-by Air Force Base and his dream to become a pilot was born.  Gamble’s hard and focused work overcame an inauspicious start studying aviation at Tennessee State University, a necessary stepping stone toward a flying career for African Americans of small means in the 1960s.

Gamble was awarded the Air Force’s coveted Distinguished Flying Cross.  His quick thinking and superior flying skills enabled him to land his C-47, severely disabled by enemy antiaircraft fire, and save the lives of his crew in Vietnam.
My Blue Yonder tells Gamble’s story by taking you to his boyhood home, into the cockpit of his crippled plane, and into his PTSD.  You fly with him to rescue men adrift on an ice floe in Lake Superior, refuel combat aircraft at four hundred miles per hour over the Gulf of Tonkin, and negotiate with a hijacker while flying in a holding pattern off the coast of Florida.

A memorable quote passed through generations of pilots, and a favorite of Gamble’s, is, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots.”  Similarly, there are pilots who have landed burning airplanes and there are pilots who have been hijacked.  Gamble is potentially the first pilot to experience both.

Title:My Blue YonderFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 20,, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:163491810X

ISBN - 13:9781634918107

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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