In his latest book Don McVicar gives a vivid account of the postwar period in Canadian and American aviation circles. War surplus aircraft abounded, to be bought and sold for a song; returning aircrew vied with each other and with governments for a slice of the action, but many of their newly founded enterprises went to the wall. Some, like the author's own WorldWide Aviation company, survived only by the ingenuity of their founders in discovering fresh corners of the market to exploit.
But More than a Pilot is not just a fastmoving account of a hectic worldwide market place. Don McVicar acknowledges the debt he, and we, owe to the pioneers of aviation, and he skillfully intertwines his personal narrative with fascinatingly detailed accounts of some of the flights made by the giants of yesteryear like Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes. Written in McVicar's inimitable style, this is a book every aviation enthusiast will enjoy.
Roamin' in the gloamin'
No Island in the Sky
The brightest stars in the sky
Wiley Post-America's one-eyed ace
Charles Lindbergh's Favourite Crew
The lure of the Great Circle
(including "Fish" Hassell, Clyde Pangborn...)
'The Frigate Bird'
Lockheed never named one of their aircraft 'The Phoenix'
Amelia Earhart - a comet burned out?
Howard Hughes - Perfectionist
Loretta, where are you?
'Our Trusty and Well-Beloved Captain'
Home is a Hamshack in a hangar
The Dollard des Hormones Cocktail
Off to the Races Again