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By Arthur E. Abney

ISBN-10: 0809327686

ISBN-13: 9780809327683

Wings over Illinois recounts international battle II veteran Arthur Abney’s illustrious aviation profession, successfully documenting a span in our personal nation’s historical past from the vantage of the skies. Abney describes a life of adventure, from his time as an keen younger pilot with the Flying Egyptians to his journey of carrier in the course of global struggle II, his years with the Illinois division of Aeronautics, American airways, and the Southern Illinois college Aviation administration and Flight program.
Abney introduces readers to hangar flying—exciting end-of-day flight stories informed within the hangar—with sixty tales supplied through army and civilian airmen from around the kingdom. integrated are such bills as a 1943 bombing squadron task over Saipan in a storm, an engine freeze on takeoff in the course of a solo education flight, a white-knuckle Bermuda Triangle flight, and an influence failure on a homebuilt airplane. Complementing Abney’s personal reports, those tales provide insights into the split-second selection making essential to unravel difficulties within the air.
In this attention-grabbing autobiography Abney takes readers on a trip via approximately seven a long time of a lifestyles in aviation.

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The check-in personnel gave me a handful of reading material, told me where the mess hall and barracks were, and firmly informed me that I was to be at a designated meeting room at 8:30 am the next day. I understood that after that meeting I would be transferred, along with other members of the group, to an outlying field. I found my quarters and the mess hall and decided that after lunch, since I had the afternoon free, I would take a walking tour of the base. The flight line was some distance away, but I was interested in seeing the operations area and all of the different airplanes.

There were additional problems with the alternator air-door shaft and the propeller governor-control cables. After more than a little diagnostic work, the mechanics took various remedial actions to fix these and other problems that were not critical but did interfere with the PBM’s flying ability. Uncooperative weather during the winter of 1944 was the second factor that impeded training at Harvey Point. Due to a lot of snow, freezing rain, and fog, approximately 40 percent of daylight flights and half of the scheduled night flights were cancelled.

We flew from Banana River to Guantanamo Bay—which we called Gitmo—in Cuba. After an overnight at the naval air station there, we flew on to Great Exuma, a small island in the Bahamas about 150 miles southeast of Nassau. After a night at the navy’s small operation there, we headed back to Banana River. The rest of our time there, we continued to fly hops involving gunnery, bombing, instruments, and night work with more emphasis on celestial navigation. We also had a week of antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training in Key West, Florida.

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