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Jack Knight's Brave Flight: How One Gutsy Pilot Saved the US Air Mail Service



by
Jill Esbaum
illustrated by
Stacy Innerst

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Astra House Publishing
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781684379811
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High-flying history is brought to life in this suspenseful story of an unknown and daring pilot named Jack Knight, who in 1921 flew his biplane straight into a blizzard over America’s heartland and saved the US Air Mail Service in the process.

When Jack Knight takes off in his biplane from North Platte, Nebraska, in 1921, hundreds of people crowd the airstrip. Is Jack transporting a famous passenger? Is he ferrying medicine for a sick child? Nope—Jack has six sacks of mail.

For the past few years, biplanes like Jack’s have been flying the mail only during daylight hours. Flying after dark is risky and crashes are too common, so lawmakers decide to cut funding for the US Air Mail Service. Outraged officials and pilots want to prove that flying the mail is best, so they concoct a plan—a coast-to-coast race.

But when a crash, exhaustion, and a snowstorm ground three of the planes, Jack Knight becomes the race’s only hope. All he has to do is fly all night long, leaning out of the plane to see, and navigate a blizzard over land he’s never covered with an empty fuel tank. Will Jack pull it off and save the Air Mail Service?

Author’s note, with photographs. “Highlights in the History of the U.S. Mail.” Bibliography. Illustrator’s note. Full-color illustrations were done
in watercolor, ink, pencil, rubber stamps, and some digital elements.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 10"

Dewey

383

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

James Herbert “Jack” Knight (1892–1945). Air pilots. US air mail service. Airplanes. Aviation. Twentieth-century US history. 

 


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