The year was 1933, and a severe economic depression had devastated the United States. The stock market had collapsed. Unemployment was rampant. Amidst such widespread misery, a young, adventurous pilot named Jimmie Mattern set out to become the first pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo.
An unceasing optimist, Jimmie believed his flight, if successful, could lift the hope and spirits of a struggling nation. Instead, Jimmie was the one who would need hope just to make it home alive.
On June 3, 1933, Jimmie and his Lockheed Vega rose joyfully into the sky to chase glory. He wouldn’t set foot on American soil again for eight grueling weeks after a crash in the Siberian wilderness tested his renowned cheerfulness and storied ability to survive. His quest, fraught with brutal weather, mechanical and fuel emergencies, hunger, sleep deprivation, and injury, made him a legend and an international celebrity in his time.
Shelby Scarbrough, Jimmie’s granddaughter, is the keeper and teller of this unbelievable tale. After years of research, hundreds of interviews, and reaching deep into her family history – Jimmie’s account is brought to life.
As the publisher of Jimmie Mattern’s story, Shelby brings you into the cockpit for the journey of a lifetime. The story is woven with US history and is an adventure that will keep you guessing throughout the journey.
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