God is My Co-pilot hard copy book.
(Back dust jacket reads)
“Greatest of all the pursuit men,” says Life magazine “was their commander, Colonel Robert Scott. He has a thick Southern accent that gets smoky with suppressed excitement when he is angry. He is full of jokes and stories and flourishes, even in the way he flies his plane. He is the lone-wolf type of pilot – likes to get out in his own and shoot up the field or break away from formation and head after that Zero in the corner which seems to be slipping away. His men are crazy about him.”
This is Colonel Scott’s personal narrative. It is entirely his work – every word of it is his own. And it is a blessing for Americans that a man who has had one of the outstanding careers in American aviation, a man really born to fly, should turn out to be also a born storyteller.
“His story,” says General Chennault in his Foreword “is a record of persistence, determination, and courage from early boyhood.” Scott’s education in flying included a dramatic experience that lingers in the memory of millions of readers -- the savage winter of 1934 when the army “took over” and many Army pilots died learning how to fly the mails. Scott passed safely through that ordeal, just as, since then, he has lived through enough danger to pack the lifetimes of a hundred men. He tells of his adventures simply and honestly-piloting a Flying Fortress across the Atlantic through equatorial storms and “celestial navigation” that went wrong; fighting the Japanese virtually single-handed over Burma, when he was called a “one-man air force” ; battling in the skies of China as a commander of fighter-pilots in General Chennault’s China Air Tack Force.
There are many great fighter-pilots in this book. Here are the men who are winning astounding victories against tremendous odds, keeping China’s heart beating, keeping China in the war. They have never received such moving tributes, never been so vividly pictured, as in this narrative by their commanding officer. This is, in fact, one of the greatest war adventure stories ever written. The tales it tells seem incredible, but they show what men can do in war, and they go straight to the heart of the reader because they come humorously and modestly from a man who is both brave and generous. And they come from a man who holds deep in his own heart the belief he has expressed in the title of his book – the faith that his plane has carried an Unseen Co-pilot who, when Scott has needed help has told him what to do.
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