Summertime Options For Pilots

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With the summer season now officially here, pilots who are ready to pack up their airplanes and take to the sky will find plenty of options. Tour operator Northern Adventures is offering three new fly-yourself trips to explore the National Parks. Each 10-day tour is limited to 10 aircraft, and includes stops in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as well as visits to Mount Rushmore and several other sites. Three trips are offered, starting June 28, July 10, or July 21. For those who prefer armchair adventures, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough has a new book out about the Wright brothers.

The book draws on the Wright family documents, including private diaries, notebooks and more than a thousand letters, to tell the Wrights' story, including the contributions of their sister, Katharine. According to the New York Times book review, The Wright Brothers tells "a story of timeless importance … with uncommon empathy and fluency." More armchair flying is offered in the National Geographic Imax movie, Living in the Age of Airplanes. The film is in limited release at museums around the country, but more venues are being added over the summer, with Seattle, Washington; Des Moines, Iowa; and St. Augustine, Florida, next in line.