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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

‘Escape to the Sky’
Lake resident publishes book

Smith Mountain Lake resident Don Fink Jr. has published a book titled "Escape to the Sky" and has scheduled a book signing at Westlake Library on Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.

The book is about a 16-year-old boy named Ben who wanders to a local airport to escape an unhappy relationship with his father and follows his dream to fly airplanes.

Ben applies for a job at Baker's Flying Service, where he meets Brice, a crusty flight instructor and veteran pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1914-1918 during the Great War. Brice teaches Ben to fly in a bi-wing and quickly master advance maneuvers, including aerial combat tactics.

Ben then slips away from home before his 18th birthday and sails for Barcelona, Spain, with 12 other American pilots. He becomes caught in the Spanish conflict. He eventually escapes to England with a fellow British pilot, and the two join the British Royal Airfares in the early days of WWII.

Following America's entry into the war, Ben transfers to the U.S. Army Air Force and flies Boeing B-17 bombers to carry the war directly to Germany and participates in some of history's most renowned aerial battles during WWII.

"Escape to the Sky" can be purchased in paperback for $19.99 and in hardback for $29.99.

To purchase the book, call 888 795-4274, ext. 7879.

The book is also available from Amazon.com and Barnes&Nobel.com.

 
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