TITLE: TAKEOFFS AND TOUCHDOWNS: MY SIXTY YEARS OF FLYING
AUTHOR: Fred E. Jacob with Introductory Comments by Lt Gen. James H. Doolittle
PUBLISHER: A.S. Barnes & Co., San Diego, CA, Copyright 1981, Out-of-Print
ISBN; (10) 0498025403 (13) 978-0498025402
ILLUSTRATOR: Black-and-white photos
DESCRIPTION: Hardcover, Navy cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, Blue end papers, 301 pages, Approx. 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches, Inscribed & signed by author on personal note paper taped to front end page, (see pictures)
EXTRA INCLUDED: Author's business card attached
*BUSINESS CARD (front)
No Future ---- No Business
No Address ---- No Prospects
Fred E. Jacobs
When the urge comes to exercise,
I lie down until it passes by.
No Phone ----- No Office
*BUSINESS CARD (back)
I am fully aware that my youth has been spent.
That my "Get up and Go" has "Got up" and went.
But after 60 years of flying since 1918 --
I really don't mind and my face lights up with a grin
When I think of all the countries and places,
My "Get up" has been.
CONDITION: VERY GOOD, Looks unread/unused, Pages white, clean, & tight
DUST JACKET: VERY GOOD, Illustrated covers, Light edge wear with several very mini open tears along edge of cover with several repaired, Also a mini chip from top of back cover
ABOUT THE BOOK: An exciting and informative chronicles of six decades of unforgettable flights in all kinds of aircraft, highlighting one remarkable pilot's colorful experiences, close calls, and close encounters with many fascinating and famous people. This is a celebration of flying! It is a nostalgic evocation of the great machines and greater people who pioneered aviation, fought the air war against the Axis, and helped make the sky a safe and dependable thoroughfare for commerce and recreation. Anyone who loves to fly, or hopes to fly someday, will be interested in this revealing personal account of what it has been like to be a pilot during much of the history of aviation.
This entertaining and eventful autobiography of a veteran American pilot chronicles over 7,000 hours of flying hour, of flying in peace and war, over Europe and the United States.
Introductory Comments by Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle
Let's Begin at the Beginning - I Did
Royal Leonard Pilot, Genius and Friend
Vignettes from the Pilot's Logs
The Swallowed Valve and the Flying Showman
A Busy 4th of July
The Dawn of Modern Aviation
One Jump Too Many - Labor Day, 1929
Big Plans and Changes - 1942
Gentleman Pilot to Officer and Gentleman
Two Ferry Trips to Remember
Anice Load of Pulchritude
Any Way to Get Home
Natal, Brazil - the Jinx City
A Step Up - to England to Stay
Safety Was No Accident
Westminster Abbey and the Dean
I Meet Churchill
Bombing Missions of 1943 - 1944
Wing Headquarter Earls Colne
Do As I Say! Not As I Did
General Hugh Shows 'Em
English Girls and our Gis - Matrimony
Entertainers Build Morale
Dean de Labilliere Vists our Base
The Battle of the "Slots"
On Orders of the General
A Short Snorter
Hail Stones and a Damaged Fortress Spell Trouble
A Lucky Break - Seven RAF Pilots
Good Food Makes Good Friends and Good Soldiers
The Buzz Bomb Encounter
On to Paris!
Heading Home and Back in Civvies
I Flew Anything That Had Wings
Belonging to AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association)
A Fog and Two Texans
Sentimental Journey to England
Some Tight Spots
Fact-Finding Trip to Europe
A Look Back and a Look Ahead (Born 60 Years Too Soon?)