Tiger in the Sea: The Ditching of Flying Tiger 923 and the Desperate Struggle for Survival
ISBN: 1493031562
EAN13: 9781493031566
Language: English
Publication Date: May 14, 2021
Pages: 360
Dimensions: 1.28" H x 9.38" L x 6.42" W
Weight: 1.49 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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September 1962: On a moonless night over the raging Atlantic Ocean, a thousand miles from land, the engines of Flying Tiger flight 923 to Germany burst into flames, one by one. Pilot John Murray didn't have long before the plane crashed headlong into the 20-foot waves at 120 mph. As the four flight attendants donned life vests, collected sharp objects, and explained how to brace for the ferocious impact, 68 passengers clung to their seats: elementary schoolchildren from Hawaii, a teenage newlywed from Germany, a disabled Normandy vet from Cape Cod, an immigrant from Mexico, and 30 recent graduates of the 82nd Airborne's Jump School. They all expected to die. Murray radioed out Mayday as he attempted to fly down through gale-force winds into the rough water, hoping the plane didn't break apart when it hit the sea. Only a handful of ships could pick up the distress call so far from land. The closest was a Swiss freighter 13 hours away. Dozens of other ships and planes from nine countries abruptly changed course or scrambled from Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall, all racing to the rescue--but they would take hours, or days, to arrive. From the cockpit, the blackness of the Atlantic grew ever closer. Could Murray do what no pilot had ever done--land a commercial airliner at night in a violent sea without everyone dying? And if he did, would rescuers find any Read More chevron_right

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