Pilot of Fortune: The extraordinary true-life adventures of aviation pioneer and trailblazer Sheldon Luck Ted Beaudoin Author
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NEW EDITION! REVISED AND EXPANDED! From barnstormer to bush flyer to airline pilot, wartime ferry pilot and airborne firefighter, no job was too big, too small or too hazardous for William Floyd Sheldon Luck. He ferried Gold Rush miners to distant claims in the Yukon, then carried hookers to visit the miners. He delivered unarmed aircraft across the Atlantic in World War II and carried top secret messages across occupied France for Winston Churchill. He blazed a trail of routes over Northwest Canada and later helped establish a chain of early warning radar stations across the Arctic Circle. His amazing aviation career spanned more than fifty years, yet few today are familiar with his name. Pilot of Fortune is a glorious collage of anecdotes about Sheldon’s many adventures. All the accidents and incidents, and the many characters he met along the way, beautifully chronicled by acclaimed Canadian author Ted Beaudoin. Meticulously researched and compiled from hundreds of interviews and recollections of those who knew Sheldon Luck best – those who lived with him, worked with him and flew alongside him – Pilot of Fortune is poignant, exciting and often hilarious – a must-read for anyone with an interest in aviation history and a fondness for its larger-than-life heroes.


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