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Many a Close Run Thing

Many a Close Run Thing (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Enright, Tom

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"Planes were rarely seen above the small Central Otago sheep-farming town of Ranfurly in the 1940s. Yet as a young boy, Tom Enright had a fascination with the skies that quickly developed into a longing to become a pilot. He joined the RNZAF as an engineer in 1951, and was sent t... read full description below.

ISBN 9781775541431
Barcode 9781775541431
Published 17 June 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781775541431
ISBN-10 1775541436
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
Publication Date 17 June 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Enright, Tom
Category Biography & Autobiography
Aviation Skills / Piloting
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 308
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 428g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Aircraft & Spacecraft: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.13092
Catalogue Code 954443

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A New Zealand squadron leader, flying-boat captain and airliner pilot on a life of aerial adventure Though rarely seen above the small sheep farming town called Ranfurly in Central Otago in the 1940s, Tom Enright developed a fascination with planes from an early age. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force as an engineer in 1951 and was sent to England at just 16 to attend the revered Royal Air Force college in Cranwell, graduating as a pilot. He returned to New Zealand to join the Vampire fighter squadron in Ohakea and became a member of the RNZAF aerobatic team, before becoming chief flying instructor at Wigram air base. Later Tom spent time flying an old Sunderland flying boat to isolated communities in the South Pacific, often to the upper limits of the Sunderland's endurance, picking up victims of tetanus, taking KFC to the Cook Islands, and flying into secret US airbases. This is his story of the thrills, near-misses and high-altitude drama of a pilot ace.

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