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To Fly!

Length: 89 pages1 hour


"To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything."  So wrote Otto Lilienthal, the man who inspired the Wright brothers. "To Fly is Everything" is a compendium of stories about flying adventures of a father and son, the father in the RAF and the son in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Bill Igoe learned to fly an aeroplane in 1934, forty years after the death of the Wright Brothers' inspiration Otto Lilienthal. In the RAF, after a spectacular crash in 1938 which left him badly burned and ended his flying days, he was, as Senior Controller at Biggin Hill, closely involved in many WW2 dramas, such as the saga of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. And Bill’s son Brian learned to fly forty years after that, when the Concorde was around. Both shared Lilienthal’s sentiments and had a lot of fun and some stories to tell about their common addiction. These are some of the stories.

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