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Something you need to know About Pilots (Montana Freightdog Book 1)

by Brian Christofferson

A young man, excited to make his own decisions after four years in the Air Force, enrolls full-time at the University of Montana with the intention of applying for medical school after graduation. As a back-up plan, he starts flight training at the local airport.
A young woman, a love interest of his from the years before the military, lives almost two states away and the book opens with the hero braving the elements to fly to her side for a weekend rendezvous. As with many stories on the flying side of these chapters, the cross-country jaunt could have been a lead story in the local news had anything gone awry.
Back in Montana, going on rounds at a local hospital with a talented physician in the afternoon and taking lessons from gifted flight instructors in the evenings topped off his itinerary with some of what the world had to offer. A more thoughtful move towards his goal of becoming a doctor has him working as an operating room aide in the same hospital where he has been visiting with his physician friend. This job allows a view of surgeries and an opportunity to know some of the staff. In the same fashion at the airport, he starts the year as a private pilot and by November is a flight instructor with both instrument and multi-engine ratings.
An Independence Day trip to a backcountry strip with a new friend was a close encounter that, except for newly learned piloting skills and a generous dash of good luck, could have been tragic.
Real tragedy strikes in late spring of 1976 with the deaths of two pilot friends and the hero steps out of the comfort zone of his busy life in order to gain a wider perspective.
A move north has him searching for forest fires as an observer in a state-owned de Haviland Beaver.
Tragedy strikes again in the close-knit flying community and the same questions about the safety of small airplanes come to the fore.
The busyness of a jump meet has skydivers congregating in northwest Montana to party and show off their skills. The boredom of the slow fire season is ameliorated by the stories of the people who staffed the state’s lookouts in the summers before as well as tales about a certain young lady staffing a federal lookout who was accused of sunbathing sans clothing on the elevated catwalk.
Connections made on that trip north were important in terms of learning the art of back-country flying from real mountain pilots, but the call to return to the university came clearly in late September.
Going on rounds at the hospital continued as before. Going round and round with students practicing takeoffs and landings at the airport was part of it too. It was a good routine to have as a destination lifestyle, but the saturation of tasks did not allow for the perfection of the road to either of the endeavors.
Another trip across almost two states, this time in a Corvette, shows the art of helicopter logging as part of one veteran’s working world and of a solid rocket being part of another man’s goal of becoming an airline pilot.
A visit to a medical school on this same outing helps to solidify the young man’s path and what a journey it has been!



The final instalment of the DEAD COW trilogy, TWO BROTHERS, ONE CHINESE TRAMP AND A DEAD COW ON A BRIDGE follows the flummoxing wanderings of one man’s continuing journey.

This time he manages to get himself injured in India, tattooed in Thailand and cremated in the Caribbean. Throw in an earthquake in Hong Kong, long weekends in Ljubljana and twelve shots of espresso at a time; you will still be grateful for your own path in life as opposed to his.

A final dollop of heart-warming humour lies in wait. Again, life, as you thought you knew it will never again be the same, as you carry on looking at it through these hapless man’s eyes.

If you’re reading this before heading to the first page of this book, then be assured that you will understand everything a lot better if you’ve already read TWO FRIENDS, ONE BARE BOTTOM AND A DEAD COW IN A LIFT and TWO KIDS, ONE SIGNED CARROT AND A DEAD COW IN A TRUCK.

If, on the other hand, you haven’t already read the first two books, that’s okay – you can still enjoy this one first. (You’ll probably then want to go back and read the others.) And if you’ve actually made it through this book first, not only enjoying, but actually understanding what’s going on – genius!

In whatever order you read them, these three books together tell the fantastic, but entirely true, story of a man who, whatever the exploit – and there are plenty – always manages to land on his feet; a man who has travelled the world and loves most parts; a man who has met thousands of people but seldom someone he didn’t like (three, at last count); and, above all, a man who understands that life’s too short not to live it to the fullest!

Ð?ан АнÑ?Ñ?ан Ð?ондоÑ?се. Ð?го жизнÑ? и наÑ?Ñ?но-полиÑ?иÑ?еская деяÑ?елÑ?носÑ?Ñ? (Russian Edition)

by Ð?лизавеÑ?а ФедоÑ?овна Ð?иÑ?винова

Ð?пеÑ?вÑ?е издана в 1894 годÑ? в сеÑ?ии «Ð?изнÑ? замеÑ?аÑ?елÑ?нÑ?Ñ? лÑ?дей», вÑ?пÑ?скавÑ?ейся в 1890â??1917, а Ñ?акже в 1922, 1924 годаÑ? издаÑ?елÑ?сÑ?вом Ф. Ф. Ð?авленкова.

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