By Mark Vanhoenacker
A poetic and nuanced exploration of the human adventure of flight that reminds us of the total innovative weight of our such a lot usual journeys--and reawakens our potential to be amazed.
The twenty-first century has relegated aircraft flight--a as soon as awesome feat of human ingenuity--to the area of the mundane. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a occupation within the enterprise international to pursue his adolescence dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we--both as pilots and as passengers--are really doing after we input the realm among departure and discovery. In a continuing fusion of heritage, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, kin, and physics, Vanhoenacker vaults throughout geographical and cultural barriers; above mountains, oceans, and deserts; via snow, wind, and rain, renewing a concurrently humbling and virtually superhuman task that gives us unprecedented views on this planet we inhabit and the groups we shape.