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Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 9:57 am

What are your comments about this book. I am in the middle of it and I love it so far. If you haven't read this, I highly recommend it!
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:03 am

Not sure I've ever heard of it. What's it about? Is it about United (hence the name), or just aviation in general?
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:05 am

I read it...about 10 years ago. I had a good time with it. It's not in any reference to United at all, though. Just to the fact that commercial flying can get a little dangerous sometimes, as you will read about.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:05 am

If you don't have the guts to put your name on what you write, it ain't worth reading. (And yes I've read it, and no I don't think it was worth the $3.00 I spent on the book.)
 
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:08 am

I have read it, it is pretty good, I would like to know what airline he worked for (maybe it wasn't UNITED). I would like to hear his oppinions on the Lcc invasion, (TED) too. My only complaint is that he won't stop talking about deregulation.

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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:10 am

I've read it as well and thought it was an excellent book. Although it is now horribly out of date. From what I gathered the airline he worked for was Delta. As it seems to be the only airline that operated all of the aircraft he mentioned. He also does an entire chapter on Atlanta. This book was brought up once way back when in this forum.
 
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:10 am

I think the airline was Delta- based in ATL and the pilot flew 727's and 767's.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:11 am

I assume he criticizes deregulation? If that's the case, I'll save my money. Look at my signature ... don't get me started.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:56 am

It is out of date but it is very interesting! Smile
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:34 am

To me any book about commercial aviation is of interest. It's been around for a long time so it's pretty out of date. Didn't he write another book about airline safety?
 
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:36 am

How ironic... I picked it up from Half-Price books about a week ago and just finished it this afternoon! I read it cover to cover and loved it. I loved his beginning story about his flight to "Saginaw" with the "8 year VETERAN" 727 F/O and the eager wide-eyed S/O.

I too gather that he was a DL Captain due to her references to his base in Atlanta.

Great book... I recommend it. It was easy to read and entertaining. I provides a glimpse of post-deregulation flying.

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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain

Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:48 am

I hate to bust your bubbles, kids, but that one is not high on my list of airline safety book. I have 30 or so books on safety and that one rates lower then a dozen others. Captain X flew for US AIR. His name was leaked a couple of years after the book was published. If you want the cream of the crop, try ELECTRA STORY by Robert Serling if you can find it. I can hint that public librarys have trade programs with others if your local library does not have this book. They can get it for you. Enjoy The Captain X book it if you will, but I grade it C plus.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:52 am

I read it, but having been so young then and things having changed so much then, it was more of an interesting glimpse into the airline world for me than anything.

Still, it only made me want to fly for an airline all the more!
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:04 pm

I read it years ago; from what I recall, it was fairly interesting but nothing extraordinary. Probably the most interesting part was the author's description of an aircraft accident he witnessed while serving in the Air Force in Germany in the early 1960's. Very disturbing.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:48 pm

The book in question is interesting reading, for quasi-fiction.

I agree with the point about "The Electra Story." Easily the best of how and why and what happened in an accident investigation. I'd offer to sell my copy but none can, or will, pay the price. (First printing, autographed to me by the author.)
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:57 pm

I was under the impression that Captain X was an Eastern captain, not Delta or US Air.

I wouldn't take it as gospel, but it was a mildly interesting read. I got it for cheap at a used bookstore.
 
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain

Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:35 pm

I have read the book. It is one of my favorites. A couple of non-aviation friends read it too. They said it was interesting.

If you enjoyed that book, read "Flying Blind, Flying Safe" by Mary Schiavo. That's got some eye openers too. Some things may be outdated, but still a great read.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 9:15 pm

Captain X flew for Delta. There was a great book about Delta written a couple of years ago and it contained a whole chapter about Captain X and his book.

I loved The Unfriendly Skies, a great read. Comparing it to The Electra Story by R Serling is ridiculous and misses the point. The Unfriendly Skies is a quick and exciting read, giving a snapshot of aviation in the USA in the early 90s through the subjective observations of one pilot. As such it succeeds admirably.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 9:34 pm

I suggest reading "Blind Trust" by John Nance.
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RE: Has Anyone Read "Unfriendly Skies" By Captain X?

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:11 pm

I read it, about 10 years ago. In fact, I was looking at it just this weekend. A lot has changed since he wrote the book, but many of his concerns are still valid.

I always figured he was with DL, probably based in ATL.

My favorite chapter was about the "hijacking" that ended at SFO. He was the right-seater in a DC-8. Hilarious.

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