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Arthur Hailey Dies, Age 84  
User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

A sad loss, Arthur Hailey (who wrote the original Airport book amongst many others) has died at the age of 84.

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User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Excellent, classic, timeless novel (Airport).
Superlative, eloquent storyteller (Mr. Hailey).

The passage in the novel about flight departures is quite memorable, and
still stands the test of time.



User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

This is actually a very sad day for aviation. When Airport was published, air travel was an exotic experience and most people, even Americans, hadn't done it. He explained so much in the course of his fiction, Airport the novel for me was the first lesson, and in fact the first grown-up book I ever read. (He was also a bomber pilot - or crewmember - in Europe in WW2 with the RCAF.)

The man was born in Luton - the petition to change LTN to Hailey International starts here. He deserves no less.

RIP.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1137 times:

he man was born in Luton - the petition to change LTN to Hailey International starts here. He deserves no less.

Brilliant idea.

Sounds better than Stelios International... Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Hailey International Airport......I rather like that. Excellent idea. If there is to be a formal petition, I will no doubt sign up. It would serve as a wonderful tribute to this gentleman.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4659 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Agreed, it is a sad day.

Awesome author - I've read many of his books and they're all just as good as the book for Airport.

It's like he's taken a snapshot of whatever era the book was written in, added a plot, and the result is like a perfect time capsule - and a rollicking good read.

Can't recommend his books enough!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

His early books were great, particularly "Airport" and "Hotel", but his later stories got more and more Barbara Taylor Bradford as he went on. The medical one ("Final Diagnosis" was it ?) was just lame. The characters were all so twee and perfect, it was pretty awful.

It would be good to rename LTN - but instead of Hailey International, they should just call it "Arthur Hailey's Airport".


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4659 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

Arthur Hailey's Airport! LOL

Totally agree with you that Hotel is also a good book... not sure if I read Final Diagnosis, but I enjoyed Wheels, and the stockmarket one whatever that was called (probably something like Money).

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Arthur Hailey's Airport!! Whoo hoo!! That's GOOD.

And it risk of being a complete copycat, I loved Hotel too. And The Moneychangers (it has a 707 in it) was awesome. There was one about the news business, I think called The Evening News, the first 50 pages are a second-by-second account of a midair collision over Texas and the consequent emergency landing of an A300 at DFW (can't remember what the other plane was, it crashes somewhere I think), check it out. Never read (The Final Diagnosis.)

I'm writing a letter to LTN airport right now. I respectfully suggest as many people do the same as possible.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
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