I was approached by Jim Atkinson to write a review of the book that was written about his father ( Fred Atkinson). Only having interviewed one author Matt McClaughlin and having never done a pilot book review before, I decided to give it a shot.

The book is written as if his father was having a beer and sharing some of his awesome stories from being a pilot. Pilots love hearing stories from other pilots and I have even written one of my experiences on this blog.

3 Generations of AtkinsonsFirst Impressions

The unedited version of the book so there were quite a few spelling errors, which hopefully has been corrected in the amazon version. Unfortunately it is only available for kindle (affiliate link).

My initial reaction when I started reading the book was that it jumped all over the place, which I wasn’t quite used to. You could definitely tell that it was not written by a seasoned author. From the book’s blurb, the expectation of the book is that it will flow from his days of barnstorming to getting the National Flight Instructor award. (I had to google what barnstorming was, I had no idea). It ended up being a grouping of interesting stories from Fred Atkinson’s long career as a pilot.


The stories individually were super entertaining. A few of them would get him sued left, right and center these days.

This is the beauty of the book though. It’s not filtered and you get to know exactly what is going on in Jim’s father’s head. I had a good laugh at one of the stories involving an instructor holding onto a wing strut to encourage his student to fly accurately.

This book allows us to get a better understanding of what it was like to be a pilot and flight instructor in the 1930’s and on wards. The flow of the book was very strange and there were lots of writing errors, which bothered me.


This book would appeal to aviation enthusiasts as there are a few terms in the book that only make sense if you have some knowledge of the aviation industry. If you can overlook the frequent writing errors in the book, you’ll enjoy it.

Overall Score

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