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'Solo: My Adventures in the Air'

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
09/08/2005

When novelist Clyde Edgerton was four years old, his mother took him to a local airport to see the airplanes. Eighteen years later, she would take him to the same airport to catch a plane to Texas for Air Force pilot training. She’ d been his first passenger when he got his aviator’ s license. The first time he soloed in a jet, he felt a strange pride and power. By then, the only access to the cockpits of fighter jets was via the war in Vietnam. So he spent a year flying combat reconnaissance over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and he won the Distinguished Flying Cross. In his most recent book, Solo: My Adventures in the Air, Clyde shares his passion for flying. Also in this hour noted jazz pianist and composer Marc Seales and Sounds Familiar with Amanda Wilde.

05:00 - 'Solo: My Adventures in the Air'
When novelist Clyde Edgerton was four years old, his mother took him to a local airport to see the airplanes. Eighteen years later, she would take him to the same airport to catch a plane to Texas for Air Force pilot training. She’ d been his first passenger when he got his aviator’ s license. The first time he soloed in a jet, he felt a strange pride and power. By then, the only access to the cockpits of fighter jets was via the war in Vietnam. So he spent a year flying combat reconnaissance over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and he won the Distinguished Flying Cross. In his most recent book, "Solo: My Adventures in the Air", Clyde shares his passion for flying.

33:00 - Marc Seales
A noted jazz pianist and composer who has shared stages with many of the great players of the last two decades, Marc Seales is also a member of the music faculty at the University of Washington. His collaborators have included James Newton, Don Lanphere, Slide Hampton, Herb Ellis, and Bobby Hutcherson. Marc Seales plays piano in the performance studio and speaks with The Beat's Dave Beck.

47:00 - Sounds Familiar
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, brings us a tune that you probably don't realize you know so well. She shares the history of familiar songs every month.

08.30.14

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