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Viking of the Sky A Story of a Boy Who Gained Success in Aeronautics



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A Viking of the Sky A Story of a Boy Who Gained Success in Aeronautics by Hugh McAlister
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Set in 1930, this story is from the "Air Adventures Series". The story begins: Oh, how I wish I was up there! Muttered Hal Dane to himself as he cocked an eye upward into the far heights of the moonlit sky. In mind, Hal Dane was already just below the stars, riding the clouds in a winged ship; before him, on imaginary instrument board, ticked the latest thing in indicator, controller, tachometer. And all the while, like the other half of a dual personality, his hands and feet mechanically guided his rattletrap old truck along the ruts of the lonesome country road. On the downgrades Hal's left hand with skill of long practice choked a brakeless wheel with a wooden block, and on the upgrades his right foot judiciously kicked a wire that let on extra juice for the pull. In Hillton, Hal's home village, folks laughed considerably over the Western Flyer, which a green daub of paint on the sideboards flaunted to the world as the ancient truck's title. But folks didn't laugh at the boy who persistently patched up the rattletrap and drove it. Anyone knew that it took genius of sorts even to hold the contraption to the straight road.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
Kessinger Publishing Co
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