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White Water Landings

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Africa, 1937. 22 year-old Geoffrey Pett watches as the Empire Flying Boat sinks lower, lower in the sky, until it meets the sea in a huge spray of water, landing and taxiing to the moorings he'd laid down just days before. The Imperial Airways Africa service is operational!

The romance of pre-war air travel meets the romance of a man and a woman separated by war in this mem
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2015 by Createspace
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Jemima Pett
This is a wholly biased discussion of the memoirs of my father. I've been arranging it from his dictated tapes over the last five years, so of course I know the stories. In fact I've known the stories since I was small, as he entertained us with them at the dinner table. I think it works as a book, in fact I find it engrossing, even after all this time. It takes on a historical significance, as Geoffrey was talking about a colonial world which vanished very quickly after the end of World War 2. ...more
Alex Craigie
Jun 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book.
Geoffrey Pett was only 18 and fresh out of school when he was accepted for a job at Imperial Airways in 1933. Thus began a career that within a few years gave him the responsibility for setting up air stations and landing sites for flying boats in Brindisi and onto the continent of Africa. His ingenuity, skill and hard work demonstrated a remarkably buoyant and positive spirit that, combined with his personable nature, enabled him to find ways around difficulties that
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Rebecca Douglass
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, memoir
Full disclosure first: I have worked with JM Pett (Jemima Pett) on a couple of projects (see the Bookelves Anthology), so I was primed to like the book. But I purchased the book myself, and the following review is my honest opinion.

White Water Landings is not the sort of slick memoir we are seeing a lot of these days, nor is it a celebrity tell-all. It is an honest account of a time and a place that I, for one, knew little about, and it has a very authentic voice. Because the narrative was origi
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Nancy  Thames
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interesting recollection of the life of the author's father Geoffrey Pett working for Britain’s flagship airline between the two world wars. Geoffrey served as an Imperial Airways ground services employee in the 1930s in Africa. The book reminded me of overseas life in Morocco when I was a child in the fifties. A carefully orchestrated account! ...more
Sally Cronin
Feb 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
As we hop on and off planes with destinations around the globe, we rarely think further than checking the timings and paying with our credit card. Most long distance flights are non-stop and it is now something we very much take for granted.

Imagine you need to make the trip from the UK to Capetown by air in 1936. It would have required several short hops by flying boat down across Europe to the top of Africa and then to several refuelling stops set up on the coast or rivers over the 3,500 miles
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Charles Dusenbury
An engrossing personal story; Keeping flying boats flying, floating, and forwarding in isolation.

The romance of flying boats connecting faraway places becomes an engrossing on the ground and on the water narrative of the daily challenges and personal rewards of a pioneering time in civil aviation.
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