• Tales from Yesteryear

    Flying the Knife Edge

    The story of an ordinary man experiencing extraordinary things as a bush pilot in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, Matt McLaughlin's memoir Flying the Knife Edge is a wonderfully depicted tale of exotic aviation adventure.

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