Captain Robert N. Buck retired from TWA
after having flown well over two thousand Atlantic crossings and
thirty-seven years of service as chief pilot and director of
thunderstorm research. During World War II he was engaged in weather
research for the U.S. Air Corps, for which he was awarded, as a
civilian, the Air Medal by President Harry Truman. More recently, Buck
has worked with the International Civil Aviation Organization -- the
UN's body for aviation -- to develop a new plan of world airspace.
In North Star over My Shoulder, Bob Buck tells of a life spent up
and over the clouds, and of the wonderful places and marvelous people
who have been a part of that life. He captures the feel, taste, and
smell of flying's great early era -- how the people lived, what they did
and felt, and what it was really like to be a part of the world as it
grew smaller and smaller. A terrific storyteller and a fascinating man,
Bob Buck has turned his well-lived life into a delightful memoir for
anyone who remembers when there really was something special in the air.
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