Silent Giants: A North American Odyssey

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Occasionally life presents the opportunity to do something very special. For me that opportunity came in the summer of 1991 when I flew my classic Cessna 195 from St.John's, Newfoundland, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Our story begins just as the cliffs of the Newfoundland coast slowly emerge from the gray ocean mist...
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About Ron Gruner

Ron Gruner has been an entrepreneur for most of his professional life. In 1982 he co-founded Alliant Computer and served as its CEO through 1991. In 1992 he founded and served as president of through its highly successful acquisition by The Nasdaq Stock Market in 2006. Ron is an active pilot and holds Airline Transport Pilot and Commercial Glider ratings. He currently flies a Beechcraft Baron and classic 1947 Cessna 195.

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R. Grammaticus reviewed on Feb. 22, 2019
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An excellent story of the unique world of long distance pilots. Also includes descriptions of their vintage airplanes with their own technical quirks and how they are dealt with on these dangerous solo flights. Very interesting. My pilot buddies enjoyed it as well.
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Ed Gaulden reviewed on Dec. 7, 2012
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Ron Gruner writes a wonderful story of solo flying - ahh, had I only continued my flying lessons - Ron flies from Newfoundland to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico. What a wonderful ride he takes the reader on. But not only does he describe the flying, he recounts the very interesting stories behind his travels. Again... a wonderful story.
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Jen Sloane reviewed on Nov. 18, 2011

Fascinating read.
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Nelson Robison reviewed on Oct. 16, 2011

This is one story I will read over and over again. I feel like the author truly loves the sense of adventure that flying gives him. From the moment I picked this story until the last word, I was enthralled with the way that he described to a tee a plane that is a classic.
So too the story, this one's a keeper.
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Amy K. Jones reviewed on Oct. 11, 2011

I second Ben Sley's 'A definite must read' wholeheartedly. I'd have kept on reading if this author had kept on writing.

There's something captivating about how this author remembers his flight, his airplane and the amazing time he certainly had on his adventure. I plan to read this one again.
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Ben Sley reviewed on May 23, 2011

You will be drawn into this adventure of a man and his nearly 50-year old Cessna-150 taildragger as he makes his flying trek from the northeastern-most point of North America to the southwestern-most point. You will be brought into the golden age of flying, and get a feel of instrument flying. But, more than that is the sense of the author's eye for people as he tells their short stories on his most adventurous trip. Reminiscent of something Hemingway might write. A definite "Must Read"!
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