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Don't call me a legend: The extraordinary story of international pilot Charlie Vaughn [Hardcover]

Garth Wallace
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Book Description

1996 0969732236 978-0969732235 Signed
Charlie Vaughn is a modern aviation legend. His remarkable career is a one-man history of how blue collar flying has evolved in Canada over the last 50 years. Charlie has worked as a pilot in flying training, float flying, agriculture aviation, charter flying, sightseeing, frost flying, air racing, cargo flying, aircraft ferrying, courier flying, test flying and corporate aviation. As an international delivery pilot, Charlie has touched down in most countries of the world. He has made 68 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean in small and medium-sized aircraft. He has flown completely around the world nine times. Along the way, Charlie battled bad weather, mechanical failures, bureaucratic red tape, heat, cold and exhaustion. Charlie has delivered a Cessna Skymaster to Botswana, a de Havilland Twin Otter across the Pacific and a Hawker Siddeley through Russia. He is probably the only pilot who has been pulled over by a police cruiser while low flying along Sherbrooke Street in downtown Montreal in bad weather. In 1996, Charlie Vaughn celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th anniversary in aviation. "Don't Call Me a Legend" is his story. It is the inspiring account of how this Niagara area farm boy spent five years obtaining a Commercial Pilot Licence and went on to become a world renowned pilot. "Don't Call Me a Legend" is a legacy of modern aviation stories that are unique to anything that has ever been told.

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Happy Landings has a limited number of the book Don't Call Me a Legend signed by both Charlie Vaughn and the author Garth Wallace. These are available through Amazon.com.

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Interviewing Charlie Vaughn off and on over three years for this book was a unique experience. Charlie is a master pilot who has done it all. He is also a natural story teller with a lively sense of humor. The combination produced vivid descriptions of aviation as it has evolved over the last 50 years. I hope you enjoy spending time with Charlie through this book as much as I did while writing it.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Charlies Travels Dec 26 2011
I have to admit that I am slightly biased writing this review. The author Garth was a flying instructor of mine in the 1970's and Charlie was a fairly well respected pilot at the St. Catharines airport. Being young and impressionable myself at the time, these two were pilots I looked towards for answers I had about the mysterious world of aviation that I wanted to pursue a career in.
So I wanted to read this work for memories of those days long past and to put to bed questions I had during those days as the airport line-boy qualified only to stand on the sidelines and listen while stories unfolded. Not content with pushing the club's airplanes in and out of the hangar or refueling them for the next student, I too went on to span the globe eventually in commercial Hercules operations. In short,I can identify with the participants and the subject.
Garth has taken the liberty of writing the text as if we are all sitting at the club's coffee shop and talking candidly about a very interesting flying career. The paragraphs bounce back and forth between the principal story tellers with Garth enlightening us on the background of the scene being described. At times this can be confusing as to who is telling what but for my own part not hard to follow as I can still hear their voices over the cacophony.
I also particularly liked the chronological order of the events portrayed as this prevented the text from bounding all over the time span and the globe making the reading easier to follow.
There is always a great temptation with works like this to tell too much.
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