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Author Kisor, Henry.

Title Flight of the Gin Fizz : midlife at 4,500 feet / Henry Kisor.

Published New York, NY : BasicBooks, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  629.13092 KISO GA5    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes A map of the flight of the Gin Fizz from Old Bridge, New Jersey to Upland, California on endpapers.
Includes index.
Summary Henry Kisor didn't realize what he was getting himself into when a friend invited him aboard his small plane one afternoon, but as the engine revved and the craft took flight, he found himself exhilarated as never before. Fifty-three years old, Kisor had looked in the mirror and saw staring back "a man who was short, fat, bald, bespectacled, and deaf." He needed to reclaim his zest for life, and he found the answer in learning how to fly.
Soon after getting his license, Kisor falls in love with a thirty-six-year-old beauty: a classic Cessna two-seater that he buys and renames Gin Fizz, in honor of Rodgers's Vin Fiz (which was itself named after a popular soft drink of the day). He then plans out his trip and invites the reader into the cockpit as he takes to the air, dodging storms and greasing landings on a journey across America that recalls the derring-do of the early days of aviation. Landing sixty-five times along a route that takes him from New York to Chicago to Texas to California, Kisor introduces us to the men and women who make up the "brotherhood of aviation" - those who staff the airports, repair the planes, teach student pilots, ferry skydivers (and sometimes jump themselves), and perform aerobatic stunts - and who open a window onto a rich and charming side of American life and lore.
But Flight of the Gin Fizz is an internal journey, too, as Kisor slowly shakes off the midlife blues that had led him to the Cessna's left seat in the first place. As he proceeds west toward his goal, Kisor learns how to push the envelope of his own capacities, reaching new levels of proficiency and self-reliance, and stretching the limits of his familiar landbound life.
Subject Kisor, Henry -- Travel.
Deaf air pilots -- United States.
Cross-country flying -- United States.
ISBN 0465024254