Saturday, May 19th, we sold and signed several copies of Out of the Blue at the 8th annual Armed Forces Day Fly-In at the Marianna Municipal Airport (KMAI). We got to meet and talk with several Sky King fans, and shared memories of the classic television show of the 1950’s and 60’s. At the left are pictures of the table display. We’ve been invited to other airshows in the Southeast, so you may see us at a future event.
It was great to see a Cessna 310-D attending the event and we spoke for a few minutes with the pilot from Alabama who had recently restored it. The paint job looked great!
My own flight instructor, Ron Jarmon, from Island Air Express Flight School in Panama City, Florida flew in with a Cessna Symphony before flying on to Blountstown to ferry a twin aircraft to Tallahassee.
Florida author, aviation enthusiast and drone instructor, Tim Trott will be at the Marianna Fly In this weekend (5/19/18) signing copies of his new book, Out of the Blue: The Life and Legend of Kirby ‘Sky King’ Grant”.
The Sky King book is finally here!
The printed edition of Out of the Blue: The Life and Legend of Kirby ‘Sky King’ Grant is now available at Amazon.com at an introductory price of just $12.95 plus shipping (or FREE shipping with your Amazon Prime!)
We’ve even added more information and details since the last revision of the e-book version. If you bought the e-book version be sure to download the new version.
If you were waiting for the printed version to revisit the world of Sky King, Penny, her bother “Clipper” along with Grover County sheriff Mitch, and all the airplanes in the 1950s television show, it’s finally here, including quite a few color photos. Own this little piece of aviation television history!
After dealing with a number of “issues” with publishers, the print version of Out of the Blue is finally becoming a reality! A new cover design has been completed and soon we will be announcing availability at book stores and online!
We’ve spoken to a lot of people who told us that their aviation career was influenced or inspired by the Sky King television show. We heard from one person who told us he grew up watching the Sky King shows on Saturday mornings and went on to a 22 year career in Air Traffic Control.
(To that ATC person who filled out our survey: Can you please contact us again?)
Please fill out our SURVEY if your aviation experience was influenced by the Sky King television show!
(Featured photo courtesy of a member of the Kirby Grant family)
When Bill Fergusson was National Sales Manager for the Cessna 310, he was called into Cessna boss Bob Chatley’s office to discuss a new marketing opportunity to help promote Cessna’s new twin aircraft. Little did he realize he was about to have a brush with Hollywood fame as Sky King’s “accidental” stunt pilot. Continue reading “Sky King’s “accidental” stunt pilot.”
The WACO biplane was said by some to be the plane that Kirby “Sky King” Grant learned to fly, instructed by “barnstormers” in the 1920’s. One online report says that Kirby Grant “got his license” from the FAA in 1929.
Continue reading “The WACO Bi-Plane”
In late April, 2017, I headed to Indiana to meet with Steve and Amy Brown who run the Brown Flying School, operating out of Sky King Airport (3I3) near Terre Haute, Indiana. The airport was built by Steve’s father, Herman, some 55 years ago, in April of 1962.
Continue reading “Sky King Airport in Indiana”