Air Adventure Story as Exciting Now as When First Published in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction

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“Hurtling Wings” by L. Ron Hubbard published 76 years ago this month, in November 1934, in “Five-Novels Monthly”

The thrilling tale of "Hurtling Wings" by L. Ron Hubbard was first published in "Five-Novels Monthly" in 1934.

The excitement of this story will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time and not until everyone is safe and back on the ground can you relax.

Galaxy Press, as part of their six year plan to republish 153 of the pulp fiction stories of L. Ron Hubbard, has just released the air adventure Hurtling Wings. It was while living in Encinitas, CA that a young Hubbard wrote the thrilling adventure story which was published in November 1934 by Five-Novels Monthly.

“A hallmark of Hubbard’s adventure stories is the historical accuracy of them,” stated John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, the publisher of the Stories from the Golden Age line of 80 books containing all 153 stories. “It was also in the early 1930s that the Air Mail Scandal occurred in the US and getting mail contracts became a very big issue when bids went out to see which private companies would win the international mail routes.”

In the 1930s, flying was an uncommon experience and aviation was not something with which the average man had much familiarity. Hubbard had taken up flying in April 1931, when as a student of George Washington University in Washington, DC, he discovered the thrills of soaring in gliders. And by summer of that year, he was flying motorized aircraft and barnstorming across America.

It was his personal experience which enabled Hubbard to bring his air stories to life and give readers the sense of what it was like to pilot a fast plane through the skies. And it was that thrill which garnered enthusiastic reader responses after reading Hurtling Wings,

“So let’s have more flying stories. And if possible, by Mr. Hubbard.”—C.R.E. from Kentucky; and

“…it is not one of these cut and dried stories, but full of action. It makes one wish he was going up in the air, riding adventure and thrills, instead of reading it.”—Miss H.R. from Reading, PA.

But over three-quarters of a century later, reviews on this story remain as enthusiastic as when originally published.

“The excitement of this story will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time and not until everyone is safe and back on the ground can you relax.”—Gil Wilson, Associated Content;

“Death-defying aerial feats, prophetic dreams and common thugs come together in this pulp tale by Hubbard.”—Publishers Weekly; and,

“Makes you want to go to your local air show or watch The Great Waldo Pepper again.”—GUESTAR.

Hurtling Wings is available online at, iTunes and wherever books are sold. For more information on the Stories from the Golden Age, go to


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