|Soaring Beyond the
Clouds - Einar Enevoldson Reaches for 100,000 Feet
Author: Bertha M. Ryan
Book, Paperback, 318 pages, Published in 2010
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
(152 x 229 mm)
Soaring Beyond the
Clouds tells the fascinating story of Einar Enevoldson’s life on the
leading edge of flight. It is a book that will be enjoyed by all
aviation fans whether or not they are pilots.
Author Bertha M. Ryan
rec.aviation.soaring by Val Paget
"Add this to your Christmas list!
Ryan, MIT educated aerospace engineer and much honored aviator, puts
you in the backseat and takes you through Enevoldson’s many amazing
and often tense moments as a glider pilot, Air Force pilot, and NASA
research test pilot.
Einar Enevoldson is forever connected to the world record altitude
flight he and Steve Fossett made, but that is just one of his
amazing flights. Recovery from a flat spin while testing an F-14 and
his land-out in an F-104 are just two of the “interesting” moments
The Appendix, a four page, two-columned list of the planes
Enevoldson has flown, adds the final “Wow!” factor.
Ryan presents the complexities of the aviation design, flight
characteristics and aviation weather in ways that both the general
reader and an aeronautical expert will find fascinating. The
information about such phenomena as the Stratospheric Polar Night
Jet deepens our understanding of the world of high altitude flight.
The stories about Enevoldson and other illustrious people in
aviation, and the many pictures make this book an essential part of
any aviation collection.
Ryan is generously donating all proceeds to the SSA. Go order copies
for yourself, your friends and family."
Review by Paul
I enjoyed the book very much. My favorite parts included:
- History of
“University of El Mirage” - El Mirage is a soaring site that was
home to many famous soaring pilots.
- Test pilot
with NASA at Edwards Air Force Base: lifting body aircraft, etc.
- World record
altitude flights with Steve Fossett
- Plans for
the future of the Perlan project
Cover photo by Michael Aley
Perlan glider being towed off from Inyokern Airport (California, USA)
where they did some testing before setting the record in Argentina.
Einar and Steve Fossett are in the sailplane.
The 2 photos below are produced in black and
white in the book.
Einar Enevoldson in Perlan Glider - Photo by
Bertha M. Ryan
Einar Enevoldson in X-24B - Photo from NASA
Einar Enevoldson & Steve Fossett with Perlan Glider - Photo by
Bertha M. Ryan
Einar Enevoldson with X-24B - Photo from NASA