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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:242
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667820460

My Ride on the Planet Earth

by Charles Wood

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Overview
This is the story of an Orlando boy who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school graduation, and became an airplane engine mechanic. Two years later went through Aviation Cadet training to become a Commissioned Officer and a pilot in the U.S Air force. Flew world-wide transport aircraft missions including the Vietnam War. Studied Karate for 16 years. Became fluent in the Japanese language and earned a Fourth Degree Black Belt. Retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Command Pilot. Became a Production Test/Training Pilot at the Douglas Aircraft Company. Flew airline training assignments in Long Beach and Mexico. and flew MD-80 production test flights. Became Director of Training and airline pilot at Muse Air/Transtar Airline. Became Senior Production Test/Training Pilot at McDonnell Douglas/ Boeing Aircraft Company. Flew worldwide airline training assignments and production test flights. Retired with over 20,000 worldwide flying hours. At 82 years old, decided to share his observations of what he encountered during his ride around the little speck in the Universe called The Planet Earth. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes spiritual in nature, this book is a fun read.
Description
This is the story of an Orlando boy who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school graduation and became an airplane engine mechanic. At 82 years old, Charles Wood decided to share his observations of what he encountered during his ride around the little speck in the Universe called The Planet Earth. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes spiritual in nature, this is a fun and compelling autobiography that all will enjoy. Charles Wood's adventurous life took him many places. He flew world-wide transport aircraft missions including the Vietnam War, was stationed in Japan, Georgia, the Philippines, Spain, Germany, and Illinois. He flew C-124, C-54, T-39 and C-9 aircraft. As a civilian pilot at Douglas, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, he flew experimental /production test flights, and trained airline pilots in the U.S., Yugoslavia, Mexico, France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan. He flew DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, DC-10, MD-11 and B-717 aircraft. As a glider/sailplane pilot, he shares an amazing spiritual experience he had in Hawaii. Beyond flying, Charles also studied Karate for 16 years with 9th Degree Black Belt Toshio Hanaue. He became fluent in the Japanese language and earned a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Shudo-kan karate. He even met Karate High Master Chioshin Chibana, the developer of Shorin-ryu karate. He has lived a life worth living, filled with adventures, lessons, and wisdom. Now, in this one-of-a-kind book, Charles shares his wisdom with you. Get ready for a breathtaking story of a truly incredible life.
About the author

Charles Wood has over 20,000 hours of worldwide flying experience. During his lifelong "Ride" around the Planet Earth, he has made some important observations.To share these things with the rest of us, he has become a self-published author. Charles has been married for over 56 years and has a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

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Great Book My Ride on the Planet Earth is Brilliant in all areas. The cover is attractive and unique. The print is an easy-to read style and size. There are lots photos that are clear and clean. The story of Charley’s life from “Starting my Ride (1938) to today (2021) is fascinating and amazing. I repeat, lots of high-quality pictures, many memories of his life including the fourth grade, very vocal about his likes and dislikes—specially algebra and certain crew meals—and technical aircraft events. A picture of the Andean Condor is included. He describes his 25 military years in a real-life manner (those readers from his era will recognize many similar situations). Military wives will also identify with Judy and the excitement of the military: i.e. “Hi Honey, I am going on a not accompanied duty tour tomorrow”. Or, being a new mother and being at home alone with a new baby. I really enjoyed identifying with some of Charley’s experiences—low visibility approach with no divert or missed approach available, big bunches of local civilians crowded into the aircraft, bird strikes, really great commanders (and some not so great) --although I was in a different service. His life after the military continues as a pilot and is equally stimulating. I recommend Charley’s book to everyone. It, and a glass of Readers Choice, is a great way to enjoy an afternoon or evening.HR Read more
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