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Immerse Yourself in a Pulp Fiction Air Adventure

The dive bomber had gone over the hump, nose pointing straight at the earth, eighteen thousand feet down, engine on full, building up to terminal velocity when the resistance of the wind equaled the downward drive of the wide-open throttle. (Excerpt from L. Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction story, "Dive Bomber")

Immerse Yourself in a Pulp Fiction Air Adventure

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For as long as man has been in existence he has looked to the sky with a longing to soar through the clouds and race the winds. The human need for freedom and exhilaration can be intensely satisfied through our quickest mode of transportation, flying! As Amelia Earhart once stated, “you haven’t seen a tree until you have seen its shadow from the sky,” evokes a new sense of perspective and adventure.

Any avid pilot will tell you that once you are in the air, unlike driving a car, you’re not constantly being alert for traffic lights, wrong turns, cats and dogs or mothers with baby strollers. Instead, the speed with which you travel and the expansive view can give one the sense that all problems and foibles going on below are somehow insignificant. Wilbur Wright stated it perfectly, “More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.” For most, flying was only observed from looking to the skies or reading air adventure stories.

Before television and radio there were pulp fiction magazines with many air adventure stories from an assortment of aspiring writers from the late 1920s to the 1950s. Some of these writers were in fact master story tellers that could evoke images and realities of a life other than our own. Pulp writers such as Robert J. Hogan “The Red Falcon,” Steve Fisher, “Captain Baby Face,” and L. Ron Hubbard’s “Sabotage in the Sky and Sky Crashers,” (two of Hubbard’s thirteen aviation stories) are pulp fiction classics that are experiencing a revival in the form of e-books, audio books and reprinted paperbacks.

Aviation as a subject was of intense interest to the public when flight became a reality due to the Wright brother’s success. As the structure of aircrafts improved, the daredevils and extreme adventurers held the world captive with barnstorming, hang gliding, long distance land and ocean crossings and gave the pulp fiction writer much fodder for there fantastic air adventures. Some of the writers, such as L. Ron Hubbard and Donald Keyhoe, had personal experience with flying which allowed for realism to the stories.

When the pulp fiction magazines began printing aviation stories, as many as one million copies per story each month, could fly off the shelves. Not only were the stories eagerly anticipated but the illustrations on the cover were phenomenal and are sought after collector’s items today.

Pulp Fiction stories are in a class of their own. The style of writing has changed some over the years, just like Hollywood TV shows and movies have changed over time. But we still refer to old Hollywood fondly and compare the glamor from then to now. So it goes with a pulp fiction novel! It was truly, a Golden Age of Fiction that deserves a revisit to old time aviation adventure.

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