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The most compelling book I have ever read! Lt. Colonel Rankin shares the true story of his amazing experience bailing out of his plane, without a pressure suit at 47,000 feet. His harrowing fall to Earth included being caught in a major thunderstorm. This book is very hard to find, but It it definitely worth the effort to locate and read this fascinating story. My brother recommended this to me and I recommend this to everyone, especially those interested in weather, aviation, and the Marines.
I knew this book would be more about the Marines than the thunderstorm, and I wasn't wrong, but it was still decent read. Only about the last 50 pages are so dealt with the fact that this man parachuted into a severe thunderstorm (not on purpose mind you). It's really quite an incredible story - even with all the military history in the first half.
I wasn't expecting much from this first hand account and ended up surprised by the quality of the writing. The first two thirds of the book detail Rankin's military career, providing a grounding for the type of person and pilot he is before laying into his account of emergency ejecting from his jet into a violent thunderstorm. For those of you non-weather dorks, Rankin is the only person known to have survived a fall through (*top to bottom*) a thunderstorm.