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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rinker Buck Narrator: Rinker Buck Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In the summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - 2 teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Club airplane for $300, rebuild it, and piloted it on a record-breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio because they couldn't afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic plane crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive.

The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafés, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can.

Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Hansen | 2/16/2014

    " The dreams we dream as boys and live out as boys or men are all-powerful. A wonderful memoir about flying and the relationship with an older brother and an overbearing father... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 2/12/2014

    " Highly recommended autobiography of two teenage boys restoring an old crop duster, and flying it cross-country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/9/2014

    " Pilots, read it. People, read it. The message is broader than aviation (though I am a pilot). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alycia | 2/7/2014

    " I absolutely loved thus book. I hated the swearing and bad language, but I still give this book a 5. It is written well and is adventurous. It is a page turner. It had some really funny stories in it too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas Laird | 2/4/2014

    " A must read for any private pilot. The sad part is that in today's world no parent would allow such an adventure to take place. What we in America need today is more 'free range' kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/19/2014

    " As an aspiring pilot, I enjoyed the adventure of the two boys in this memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 1/12/2014

    " A fascinating account of something that couldn't and/or wouldn't be done today without sponsors and major fanfare. An adventure only because a boy was looking to put in enough hours to go for his commercial rating and he brought his brother along. Overall very good although occasionally the father/son relationship angle is a bit overwrought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 madison | 1/6/2014

    " This is a book I would have never ever picked out for myself - mostly because I know nothing about planes and am not a big fan of true stories. But I agreed to read it anyway and I'm so glad I did. The first chapter was hilarious, then it didn't pick back up again until the middle where Kern and Rink were on their flight.(The reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of five) The people they came across were all so hilarious and it was so funny with the avocadoes and the stupid waterbag. =P I loved Rink, and although not at first, I also loved Kern. Flight of Passage was such a good book, I'm so glad that I did read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/6/2014

    " Absolutely loved everything about this book. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denis | 1/2/2014

    " An enjoyable, engaging read. I always enjoy an introspective travelogue, whether it by by car, motorcycle, ship or (my favorite) an airplane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/16/2013

    " Charming read about coming of age and literally discovering the world and your wings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackson | 12/14/2013

    " A great book on a teenage adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/11/2013

    " I don't usually do autobiographical stuff--but I really liked this book. It's the story of Rinker Buck and his brother Kernahan (P.S. love the names) and their flight across the country in a Piper Cub airplane. They were the youngest people to ever do so and this story is heartwarming and hilarious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherylann | 12/6/2013

    " Great start - last third was way too much barnstorming blarney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 8/30/2013

    " This is a great coming of age book for anyone interested in aviation. I savored each new challenge the young aviators faced and conquered. Highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lph51593 | 7/13/2013

    " Every boy should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Boody | 7/1/2013

    " Loved this book. Related to it heavily so I am biased. From New Jersey. Close in age. Newspaperman. Pilot since teens. Wonderful tale of boys whose parents taught them how to love life and grow through challenge and adventure. Fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla | 5/26/2013

    " I'm really enjoying this book, even though half the time I have no idea what the airplane talk is about. It's really interesting, and I love Rinker, because he is such a good narrator and sooo funny. It's about two teenage brothers who are pilots... I won't give anything away! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 11/17/2012

    " This is an awesome book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/20/2012

    " a great read about 2 brothers flying coast-to-coast in a small Cessna. I (along with the other 6 people who read this book) STRONGLY recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy | 6/30/2012

    " An amazing tale of young adolescent adventure, whether the trek was in a Cub across the country, in the hearts of two growing young men, or in their relationships between themselves and their father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/6/2012

    " A great story! Sad to think that an adventure like this is not possible in this day and age. Asa a flying story it's a great read. As a story of two boys growing uo and discovering themselves, it's a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/26/2011

    " I thought this book was hilarious! If you like flying, or just like a good real-life coming-of-age adventure story (2 teen/young-adults fly cross country in a small plane), this is a great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/5/2011

    " Charming read about coming of age and literally discovering the world and your wings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gustavo | 2/23/2010

    " Great book about a great adventure. Not only about flying, but also about family relationships and boys becoming men.
    Great reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/21/2010

    " This is an awesome book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/2/2010

    " As an aspiring pilot, I enjoyed the adventure of the two boys in this memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lph51593 | 9/5/2009

    " Every boy should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 3/25/2009

    " The dreams we dream as boys and live out as boys or men are all-powerful. A wonderful memoir about flying and the relationship with an older brother and an overbearing father... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 3/13/2009

    " An oustanding story! Will be enjoyed by anyone with an adventurous heart as well as those of us with unresolved father/brother issues! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/2/2009

    " I thought this book was hilarious! If you like flying, or just like a good real-life coming-of-age adventure story (2 teen/young-adults fly cross country in a small plane), this is a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 9/28/2008

    " Pilots, read it. People, read it. The message is broader than aviation (though I am a pilot). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla | 8/22/2008

    " I'm really enjoying this book, even though half the time I have no idea what the airplane talk is about. It's really interesting, and I love Rinker, because he is such a good narrator and sooo funny. It's about two teenage brothers who are pilots... I won't give anything away! "

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About the Author

Rinker Buck began his career as a reporter for the Berkshire Eagle in western Massachusetts. He then worked for New York, Life, and Adweek magazines, and his articles and columns have appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers. He and his wife, Amelia de Neergaard, live with their two daughters in Cornwall, Connecticut.