YARDARM AND COCKPIT
By David D. Allyn
“This book is about a man living his passion and dreams. Dave Allyn combines flying and sailing adventures from an early age to the present. As a former airline first office, while reading this book I could feel, smell, and see those round engines as they propelled military and civilian airplanes of long ago. Yet Allyn’s experiences can also be enjoyed by readers who only dream of such things. And for those who always wanted to sail around the world here is a year of doing just that. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it is like to fulfill one’s dreams.” —William J. Harris, Captain (Retired) US Airways
“Dave Allyn has courageously taken the time to do what so many of us often wish we could accomplish: recap our life experiences with candor and humor. The difference is that Dave has the credentials to back it up. Such a treat to get to know Dave through his experiences owning and flying airplanes that most of us only dream about throughout aviation’s golden age.” —Geoffrey VeneKlasen, Airline transport/corporate pilot and federal pilot examiner
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David D. Allyn has led a life that others can only dream about. Adventurer, traveler, sailor, aviator, explorer, and big-hearted bon vivant, Dave came of age while sailing around the world on the last voyage of the tall Brigantine Yankee with all the accompanying tales of drudgery and heat punctuated by terrifying gales, tension amongst the crew members, and a too-close encounter with a one-thousand-pound bull shark. Then there was the time he survived emergency surgery on the ship’s kitchen table.
An adrenaline junky, Dave also flew planes back in the days when you needed a helmet and goggles to do it. Aviators and historians will delight in his vivid accounts of flying vintage aircraft—139 different types in all, as well as his stories of collecting a large fleet of famous old aircraft and establishing a fixed base operation—it’s still there: Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota, Florida—and a museum.
These stories aren’t just about boats and aircraft, however, they’re also about people and pristine landscapes. You’ll visit Tahiti, Bimini, and the Galapagos before tourists got there. You’ll meet cowboys, mechanics, skydivers, artists, deep-sea divers with a death wish, crazy drunks, and a host of other characters who knew how to live life large.
A life-affirming, swaggering book, Yardarm and Cockpit is one wild ride without a seat belt.
David D. Allyn, an avid aviator, sailor, diver, and adventurer, took his first flying lesson at age five, his first dive at thirteen, and turned twenty-one on Roratonga, while sailing headlong through the South Pacific on the Brigantine Yankee's last complete voyage around the world. Originally from San Francisco, David now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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