Recently retired as TWA's Senior Captain; a man who's flown everything from Cessnas to sailplanes to 747s; a pilot who has logged more than 30000 hours without a scratch on the airplane. Robert N. Bucks credentials are all topflight and his advice and flying tips are the same. In Flying Know How he takes you beyond basic skills to make you a smooth pilot in command-with the traits, skills and tricks that can take you to the top of your potential. He shows: - Why 90% of all accidents aren't "accidental"; the two parts of "being ahead of the airplane"; how to use a checklist without letting it become a crutch; which gadgets really help and which are an unnecessary overload; how to cope with sensory illusions (your eyes don't always tell the truth); how weather conditions affect you both inside and outside of your plane; how to handle dozens of quick-decision flying situations over land and sea. He's always frank, always honest - and always strong on the kind of anecdotes and specifics that can really improve your skills.
Author (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Robert Nietzel Buck (January 29, 1914 – April 14, 2007) broke the junior transcontinental air speed record in 1930 and for a time was the youngest licensed pilot in the United States.
He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on January 29, 1914 to Abijah Orange Buck (1869–1932) and Emily Nietzel. Emily was Abija's second wife, and she was the daughter of Elizabeth Bellingrath.
In 1930 at age 16 he took lessons in a Fleet Aircraft using a Kinner engine. He received the United States Department of Commerce license #13478.
On October 4, 1930 he beat the junior transcontinental airspeed record of Eddie August Schneider in his PA-6 Pitcairn Mailwing he named "Yankee Clipper". His time was 23 hours and 47 minutes of elapsed flying time. The junior record only counts time in the air and excludes time spent on the ground. Robert said on February 6, 2005 : "I was the youngest to fly coast to coast and that record still stands. I had my license at 16 and after that, they raised the minimum age to 17. With that change no one could break my record."
In 1937 he began flying for TWA. He became a Captain in 1940 and he became chief pilot in 1945He married Jean Pearsall in 1938.
In 1965 he flew around the world from pole to pole in a Boeing 707. This was done with several other pilots in shifts. In 1970 he flew TWA's first Boeing 747 on Flight 800 from New York City to Paris, and in the same year wrote Weather Flying. He retired from TWA at age 60 on January 28, 1974 and moved to Vermont, where he wrote Flying Know-How, Art of Flying, and Pilot's Burden.
He died on April 14, 2007 in Berlin, Vermont.
He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey in 1981.