While â€œFate is the Hunterâ€ ought to be required reading for any and all associated with flying of any type, Chp 3, â€œThe Seasoningâ€ is particularly apropos. Start at pg. 79 if you like, or here:
â€œI stop pumping, tune the D.F.â€™s radio to Knoxville frequency, and reach for the loop crank. In doing so my attention is caught by the airspeed. One hundred and twenty miles an hour! Only a few minutes before we were cruising at one hundred seventy. Yet Hughen had not touched the power. A queasy sensation passes through my stomach. The blood rushes to my head until my cheeks feel aflame. My hands are suddenly hot and throbbing. I catch myself working my lips. These I know to be the beginning feeling of fear. I cannot seem to stop it.
Because my lips insist on making these silly formations, I cannot say anything about the airspeed. One hundred and twenty. We must not lose anymore. With a load of ice this ship will cease to fly at one hundred, possibly even sooner.â€Â – Ernest K. Gann, Fate is the Hunter. (p. 88)
I learned a lot about flying before taking to the air by reading Gannâ€¦