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**Sunday Times Besteller** **Book of the Week on Radio 4** 'One of the most constantly fascinating, but consistently under-appreciated aspects of modern life is the business of flying. Mark Vanhoenacker has written the ideal book on the subject: a description of what ita€™s like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist and a deeply sensitive human being. This is a man who is at once a technical expert a€“ he flies 747s across continents a€“ and a poet of the skies. This couldna€™t be more highly recommended.' Alain de Botton Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak. In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.A colleague not sure if I am still flying the Airbus A320, or if I have switched to the Boeing 747, will ask me which a#39;fleeta#39; I am on. ... wea#39;ll pass closest to a place a€“ the only nearby major airport along a remote stretch of our route, for example a€“ that we wona#39;t overfly directly. ... the righthand when returning to it: a#39;port out, starboard homea#39;, the words of the legend printed right in the sober font of the flying manual.

Author: Mark Vanhoenacker
Publisher:Random House - 2015-04-02

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