Hidden Gem in 20th Century America: One Woman’s Story

New memoir Blue Skies, Green Hell reports from the cockpit of vintage aircraft

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The skies were still blue, but I couldn’t dismiss the risky missions my husband flew over the jungles we called green hell.

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

Adventure, romance and deception fly to new heights during the best of times in the nation’s history.

In her new book Blue Skies, Green Hell, author Marilyn Lazzari-Wing shares her real-life drama as the wife of a bush pilot in the uncharted wilderness in 1950s Venezuela.

“The skies were still blue, but I couldn’t dismiss the risky missions my husband flew over the jungles we called green hell,” says Lazzari-Wing. “We became champions at saying goodbye.”

An integral part of her husband’s operations, she details her five years spent in the cockpit of planes with six basic instruments, limited-range radios and lack of weather reports.

Lazzari-Wing relearned how to fly planes at flight school at 74 years old, sifted through a thousand old letters and revisited Venezuela to accurately retell her story as a bush pilot’s wife.

Blue Skies, Green Hell is also the story of a young girl who married after a whirlwind two-week courtship, moved from sophisticated New York to wilderness Venezuela post-World War II and developed business competence at the time when women’s rights were a deep undercurrent issue.

Blue Skies, Green Hell
By Marilyn Lazzari-Wing
ISBN: 978-1-4653-4929-3
Softcover retail price: $19.99
Hardcover retail price: $29.99
E-book price: $3.99

About the author
Marilyn Lazzari-Wing, following her aviation years, developed and implemented a program across the United States to further women’s rights in the 1970s. She traveled coast-to-coast to lead motivational seminars, survey sales representatives and evaluate her program for women in sales. She’s won many awards for her work, including one from the then-governor of Tennessee. An avid traveler, she continues to hot-air balloon, kayak and scuba dive in remote corners of the world with her husband. She lectures on world travel.


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