How He Soared to Reach His Dreams

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Author Thomas Lee Bangart takes readers through the most exhilarating flights around the globe in his memoir

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Author Thomas Lee Bangart knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life at an early age. His unwavering ambition took him to greater heights, and today, he carries with him wonderful memories of a life spent doing what he loves most. The inspiring story of his life and how he soared to reach his dreams is captured in The Heart of a Pilot: Exploits as a Boy, an Alaskan Bush Pilot, and an Airline Pilot.

It was during a time when his family was financially down that the author discovered his passion. In a county fair where it was even hard for him and his mother to experience a single ride, he found himself fascinated with only one amusement—the old Curtis Robin airplane. Luckily for him, a family friend gave him the chance to ride it himself. As soon as the engine started and as soon as he saw the beautiful view from above, he knew right away that he wanted to go flying for the rest of his life. Now in his late seventies, Bangart relives his wonderful journey through the skies to bring inspiration to others. In this journal, he reminisces his adventures as a pilot during the Great Depression, treating the reader with an inside look at growing to manhood during the first half of the twentieth century. His descriptions of the early days of Alaska bush flying and the trials and hazards of early airline flying are given in great detail.

An honest recollection of a life well-lived, The Heart of a Pilot: Exploits as a Boy, an Alaskan Bush Pilot, and an Airline Pilot takes readers through the most exhilarating flights around the globe, leaving a valuable message about never giving up on dreaming and believing. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Thomas Lee Bangart, the youngest of three boys, was born in Walla, Washington, in May 1929. He grew up in Billings, Montana, where he graduated from high school and pursued skills in all phases of construction. After his wedding to Shirley Hill in 1950, both of them drove for their honeymoon to Anchorage, Alaska, where he learned to fly and flew as a bush pilot for many years. He later became an airline pilot flying for Cordova Airlines in Alaska and then Eastern Airlines in the United States. After leaving the airlines, he became involved in mining and construction and became nationally renowned in the purebred cattle business. After traveling and living throughout the United States, he now resides on land a few miles south of Billings, homesteaded by Shirley’s grandmother. His memoirs will take the reader through struggles and adventure that most have difficulty even imagining. He has three children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The Heart of a Pilot * by Thomas Lee Bangart
Exploits as a Boy, an Alaskan Bush Pilot, and an Airline Pilot
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 251 pages; 978-1-4500-6163-6
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 251 pages; 978-1-4500-6164-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-6165-0

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