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    Re: Island in the sky
    From: Don E. Bray
    Date: 2014 Dec 18, 04:04 +0000
    Thanks for reminding me of Ernest K. Gann. I believe that I read all of his books, maybe 30 years ago. Very gripping author. Probably should go back and read them again, just like I did the Patrick O'Brien series.

    Don
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    On Dec 17, 2014, at 07:27 PM, "Bruce J. Pennino" <NoReply_Pennino@fer3.com> wrote:

    Hello Ken:
     
    The movie and book by Ernest Gann is called Island in the Sky.  Gann was an early pilot back in the 1930s-40s? and wrote a number of excellent and interesting books based on his early flying experiences. “The High  and the Mighty” and “Fate is the Hunter” are two other excellent books based on Gann’s knowledge of the early days of flight.   Fine reading! Good stories.
     
    Regards,

    Bruce














     
    Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:01 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Island in the sky
     
    What was the name of the movie?
    On Dec 17, 2014, at 8:56 AM, Bruce J. Pennino wrote:

    Hello:

    Stumbled onto this movie very late last night; 1953 with John Wayne (a famous actor back in the olden days) and many other famous actors. I have not seen it in 50 plus years. Many of the scenes are quite dramatic especially considering the technology back then. Really shows the technical problems with flight navigation over remote areas. Relative crudeness of equipment etc.  Compass difficulties, difficulty in getting bearings frrrom signals etc. John Wayne was even a bit incompetent when his searchers first flew over and no flares were used......frozen brain. Ernest Gann really wrote some good stuff! I was fascinated by the scenes showing the navigator (a young kid) trying to use a bubble sextant and not getting useful CN data. (Trivia question)--- What model bubble sextant?

    My question is the Duke said "they would get their latitude tomorrow". However there was some diffulty and they not determine latitude.... "wrong time , poorly performing equipment".   Huh?  Is this Hollywood fussiness? Easy to shoot noon sun?

    I recommend movie, but hopefully you won't see it too late at night. Ugh!

    Oh, they all "smoked liked chimneys" and there is a scene of James Arness hacking his lungs out ...... bet the cig. companies loved that.

    Bruce

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