Pilot of Fortune: The extraordinary true-life adventures of aviation pioneer and trailblazer Sheldon Luck by Ted BeaudoinPilot of Fortune: The extraordinary true-life adventures of aviation pioneer and trailblazer Sheldon Luck by Ted Beaudoin

Pilot of Fortune: The extraordinary true-life adventures of aviation pioneer and trailblazer…

byTed Beaudoin

Paperback | October 12, 2016

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NEW EDITION! REVISED AND EXPANDED! From barnstormer to bush flyer to airline pilot, wartime ferry pilot and airborne firefighter, no job was too big, too small or too hazardous for William Floyd Sheldon Luck. He ferried Gold Rush miners to distant claims in the Yukon, then carried hookers to visit the miners. He delivered unarmed aircraft across the Atlantic in World War II and carried top secret messages across occupied France for Winston Churchill. He blazed a trail of routes over Northwest Canada and later helped establish a chain of early warning radar stations across the Arctic Circle. His amazing aviation career spanned more than fifty years, yet few today are familiar with his name. 

Pilot of Fortune is a glorious collage of anecdotes about Sheldon’s many adventures. All the accidents and incidents, and the many characters he met along the way, beautifully chronicled by acclaimed Canadian author Ted Beaudoin. 

Meticulously researched and compiled from hundreds of interviews and recollections of those who knew Sheldon Luck best – those who lived with him, worked with him and flew alongside him – Pilot of Fortune is poignant, exciting and often hilarious – a must-read for anyone with an interest in aviation history and a fondness for its larger-than-life heroes.

Canadian author Ted Beaudoin has earned two national writing award citations as a writer for various North American electronic and print media - ranging from daily and weekly newspapers to commercial and corporate magazines and radio and television. During all these years, he acquired what he claims is an absolute love of, and fascina...
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Title:Pilot of Fortune: The extraordinary true-life adventures of aviation pioneer and trailblazer…Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 12, 2016Publisher:Elm Grove PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943492190

ISBN - 13:9781943492190

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Table of Contents

DedicationHigh FlightPreface to Second EditionIntroduction1. A Fistful of Firsts2. Hopes and Headlines3. Search and Rescue and other Mercy Missions4. All for Laughs5. Who Influenced Whom?6. Visions in Conflict7. Spooling up for Ferry Command8. Ferry Command in Flight9. 231 Telecommunications Squadron,Royal Air Force10. Pilot of Fortune11. Challenges Continue - from Freelancingto Flying Firefighter12. Father Dies on Take-off, Son BecomesInstant Solo PilotEpilogueAcknowledgementsSelect Bibliography

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"...an amazing book...I strongly recommend Pilot of Fortune to all Canadian schools and to anyoneinterested in Canadian Aviation."- Stan TaylorMember, Editorial CommitteeScience Teachers Association of Ontario"...a must read for anyone interested in flying...Mr. Beaudoin successfully weaves the biography of a man who is truly a pilotof fortune into the fabric of Canadian history and the prominent role that aviationhas played in it."- James GriffithRetired 747 captain, Air Canada