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Race to Hawaii

By: Jason Ryan
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
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Today, a trip to Hawaii is a simple six-hour flight from the West Coast. But almost a century ago, the first flights to Hawaii required a nerve-racking and uncertain 26-hour journey to isolated and elusive islands located in the middle of the world's largest ocean. Pilots prayed they would encounter land after flying a full day and night across 2,400 miles of the open Pacific.

Race to Hawaii chronicles the thrilling first flights to Hawaii in the 1920s, during the Golden Age of Aviation. These journeys were fraught with danger. To reach the tiny islands, fearless pilots flew unreliable and fragile aircraft outfitted with primitive air-navigation equipment. The first attempts were made by the US Navy in the flying boat PN-9 No. One, whose crew endured a harrowing crossing. Next were Army Air Corps aviators and a civilian pilot, who informally raced each other to Hawaii in the weeks after Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris.

Finally came the Dole Derby, an unprecedented 1927 air race in which eight planes set off at once across the Pacific, all eager to reach the islands first and claim a cash prize offered by "Pineapple King" James Dole. Military men, barnstormers, a schoolteacher, a Wall Street bond salesman, a Hollywood stunt flyer, and veteran World War aces all encountered every type of hazard during their perilous flights, from fuel shortages to failed engines, forced sea landings and severe fatigue, to navigational errors. With so many pilots taking aim at the far-flung islands in so many different types of planes, everyone wondered who would reach Hawaii first, or at all.

©2018 Jason Ryan (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Calm winds and Clear Skies

This was a true gem that showcases an exciting but forgotten chapter in golden age aviation. Recommend it to anyone who loves aviation, and sincerely hope that this will become a movie someday.

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Very enjoyable and informative.

I enjoyed this book in terms of historical information, some of the characters, the development of the machines, corporate, military, governmental relationships. I think I particularly enjoyed some of the more detailed characterizations, especially the side characters such as the lady to whom they refer to as Ma . It wasn’t always perfectly organized, but worth the read.

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Surprisingly interesting topic

If you have interest in any portion of aviation or it’s history I think this book is a very good listen. I personally did not know about this topic or event and found myself diving into a wormhole of research based on the topics in it. It is very well put together and well read. Even for those looking for an exciting story this book is a good read.

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Great adventure!

Triumph and tragedy- this story has it all! It is remarkable how much has changed in the time- not quite a century- since these intrepid pioneers took off on their perilous flights.

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No passion for the subject matter and it shows

As an aviator myself and a history buff it is patently obvious this writer learned everything from the pages of books and shares nothing of the passion aviation still holds over millions around the world.

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What a great book extremely good lesson and historical information was listen to it anytime again

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Excellent telling of a relatively unknown historical struggle in aviation. I enjoyed it very much.

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Thoroughly enjoy anything aviation and historical. Well written and well read. Will read this title again.

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I went into this book without knowing or caring much about the subject. Fortunately the story is good. The author develops the characters and setting at the time. He does this without getting bogged down in trivial details. I highly recommend the book. Narrator is excellent!

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  • 09-01-22

Gripping stories that just happen to be true

As an aviation fan, I found this to be a really gripping book, telling the true stories of an ocean crossing that it's easy to take for granted nowadays.

All I would say is that Part 3, covering the Dole Race itself, requires a bit of careful listening in order to keep track of the names of the various pilots, navigators, and their related aircraft. However, I was still able to happily listen whilst working.

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  • 08-20-21

Great early aviation history

This was a very good book, well written and narrated. It covers quite a bit of early aviation history in addition to the first flights to Hawaii. Highly recommended for anyone interested in aviation or just general history of the 20th century.