The Art of Flying on Silent Wings: An Essay by Bob Buck

"Kings may have their sport, but soaring is a sport of the gods..."

"Kings may have their sport, but soaring is a sport of the gods..."

The Air Facts Journal recently re-published an article from its archives by legendary U.S. airline captain, author, and soaring pilot Bob Buck.

"The Art of Flying on Silent Wings" is a meditation on the beauty and magic of soaring, which rings as true now as when Buck composed it ca. 1960. We encourage our readers to turn back the clock for a few minutes and join Bob in the sky as he conveys the essence of what makes soaring such a compelling adventure.

About the Author

From the Times Argus, April 21, 2007

Bob Buck was an aviator who set flying records in the 1930s, made an airline career with TWA to include the position of chief pilot, conducted severe weather research, flew with Hollywood stars, worked for Howard Hughes, was an advocate for aviation safety and industry consultant as well as a noted author, passed away April 14, 2007, at age 93. Bob was born in Elizabeth Port, N.J., January 29, 1914.

Buck was a talented and prolific author. Here's a partial list of his many books about flying.