In company with some of his fellow flying boat captains, Captain Marius Lodeesen was a good writer as well as being a good pilot. He was perhaps the best writer of them all, because his subject material was invariably more than simply autobiographical. Unlike his colleagues on the flight deck, who usually awaited their retirement before writing their books, Lodi found time to write extensively during his flying career. During his Pan American career, from the diminutive Sikorsky S-38 flying boat of the early 1930s to the Boeing 707 jet airliners of the 1960s, he often grieved for the death of his colleagues, as well as for their personal tragedies; and as the first chapter of this book relates, he came close to oblivion himself on at least on occasion. His post-war years ranged from the glamorous Constellations of Panair do Brasil to the C-54 workhorses of the Berlin Air Lift. His anecdotes, which crop up on almost every page, range from a little romance with La Vierge in the Indian Ocean to the remarkable and original calligrapher, Tapper Dan, in Karachi. Marius Lodeesen was a superb raconteur, and in the pages of this book, the imaginative reader can almost hear Captain Lodi speaking.