Funny how most of us are drawn to all these types of book isn't it ?
But what do they all have in common ? Well nothing really , apart from the odd aeroplane or two .
As with forums , it's the cross-sections of different people involved that make the whole thing interesting.
XX wrote: You Want To Build & Fly A What? and First Light.
U.S. author , Dick Starks writes superbly . I used to love his contributions to Kitplanes magazine . He combines a vast knowledge with a wonderful sense of humour .
Geoff Wellum's brilliant book , First Light , also caused me to read well into the night . He came across as such a humble and modest person . Being of such tender years and losing so many friends must have been a dreadful burden for this incredible man .
Beryl Markham's book ; West with the Night , even without the flying makes a fascinating read . Her life was interesting anyway in pre-war colonial Kenya , long before she was taught to fly aeroplanes .
But for me , the funniest bit was that the bit that most of us lot would be interested in - her flight to the U.S. which was in a chapter right at the end .
But I believe that quite a few of the settlers out there in the colonial days were slightly bonkers ..and our Beryl was probably no exception .
Reading FF's long list of books made me wonder if any of us have the time to read that amount of books AND fly .
Well , looking out of the window ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,probably yes .