the pilots book of everest

Title:the pilots book of everest
Author:lord clydesdale, d f mcintyre
Cover Type:Hardback
Dust Jacket:Yes
Book Condition:Used
Description:extensive damage to front of dust jacket, price clipped, some spotting to title page.
Features:I gladly accept the invitation of my friend, Lord Clydesdale, to contribute a few words of preface. The history of the flight over Everest has already been written, mainly from the point of view of an elaborately organized scientific enterprise. Its technical apparatus and some of its scientific results have been fully described. This is the pilots story, in which the two pilots, Lord Clydesdale and Flight Lieutenant MIntyre, set down their actual experience in the most critical part of the business. It is the work of young men who have a quick eye for the romance of the enterprise; and the humours and vicissitudes of the journey to India, and of the preparatory work at Purnea, are most vividly described. But especially it is a story of the actual flights over the mountain, the unforeseen difficulties and the sudden calls upon the pilots fortitude and judgment. A certain amount of publicity was part of the bargain, and the writers accepted the necessity. But no men ever desired notoriety less. Their minds were always on their task, and they prepared themselves for it with an austere exactitude. They never forgot the motto of the expeditions leader, Air Commodore Fellowes: Do your thinking on the ground. It was imperative, they write, that we should not find ourselves nonplussed in an emergency in the air. We had not simply to know what to do, but to be reasonably lure that we should do it almost automatically.


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