THE DAY I OWNED THE SKY.

By: Scott, Robert Lee, Jr., Brigadier General, USAF (Retired).

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238 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. Author of 'God Is My Co-Pilot'. "In a richly generous account of his background and career, (the author) writes of his family's patient forbearance with their son's determination to become a flyer - including the hair-raising episode of young Robert's first flight in a human-powered glider in a leap off a neighbor's roof, and his much later, absolutely last-ditch battle to get into the fledgling U.S. Army Air Corps. Concurrent with the grueling training that followed, Scott set himself to pursue - and won - his beloved lady, Kitty Rix. Once officially accepted by the Air Corps, he seized every opportunity to fly, volunteering for all kinds of extra duties, including danger-filled airmail runs in the dead of winter. By the time World War II broke out, he had built up an astounding number of flying hours, and, desperate to get into combat, was able to talk himself into the Pacific bomber command - although he had never actually flown a bomber. But Scott was first and foremost a fighter pilot - and he proved it from his first day in the combat zone of the Burma-China theater. With Chennault's famed Flying Tigers he earned a reputation as a one-man air force, recording twenty-five kills by the time he was removed from that theater of battle. He writes with utter frankness of his bitter fight with one of Chennault's detractors; much of his subsequent sojourn in the Pentagon was devoted to extraordinary, and certainly extracurricular, maneuvering designed to get adequate weaponry out to the beleaguered command he had had to leave in Burma. Scott's all-out approach to living is the basis not only of his lifelong love affair with flying but of his characteristic commitment to walk the entire length of the Great Wall of China - an ambition achieved at the age of seventy-two, disguised for a good part of the way as an unlikely six-foot-three Georgia-born Chinese." Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds.

Title: THE DAY I OWNED THE SKY.

Author Name: Scott, Robert Lee, Jr., Brigadier General, USAF (Retired).

Categories: Military - World War II, American History & Travel, Military - Aviation, Civil Aircraft & Aviation,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Bantam: 1988

ISBN Number: 0553052489

ISBN Number 13: 9780553052480

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 23792

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