Taildragger Sunset: A DC-3 Pilot's Memoir

  • by Gino Pastori, B.Z. Kelly
  • Narrated by B.Z. Kelly
  • 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Nosedived from page one onwards.

Sorry to say I found the book rather lacking/unengaging.
I found it principally lacked direction.
A story told about a friend of the author rather than the friend telling his own story.
A potentially fascinating subject to those with an interest in aviation and engineering about a beautiful and endearing aircraft made dull and confusing by the book's bumbling style - never fully getting to grips with the subject matter.
I wanted more history, more facts, more personal accounts, more anecdotes, more impact.
Lost opportunity.
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- jim norman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2014
  • Publisher: B.Z. Kelly