A Mild Form of Insanity by Mike Tuson
Recollections of a Helicopter Pilot

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It takes a mild form of insanity to expose oneself to the rigours of helicopter flight in the midst of flying bullets -- at one point the author even had his toe shot off! -- but Mike Tuson's rich and varied experiences as a helicopter pilot constitute a very full, if somewhat precarious existence! This is not a manual on how to fly a helicopter, yet, in a very readable and exciting narrative form, it will introduce the reader to all the theory and essentials of flight regarding fixed wing aircraft as well as, and especially, helicopters. Apart from involving the reader in the escapades, narrow escapes and accidents in his flying life, the author examines the advantages of helicopters over fixed wing aircraft. Which, for example, is safer if the engine fails, or if the aircraft has to be ditched in the sea? This is a book for the layman as well as the experienced pilot. In either case it is an entertainining and enriching experience.

About Mike Tuson

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Tuson joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet in 1947 and specialized in aviation from 1956, retiring from the Navy in 1970 he continued flying helicopters to the Middle East as a mercenary in the Sulton of Oman's Airforce. Leaving Oman in 1973 he spent three years working as personal pilot to a wealthy businessman. He returned to the Middle East in 1976 and remained there for the next 18 years, retiring in 1993.
Published June 10, 2001 by iUniverse. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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