PRLog - Jan. 17, 2014 - MINNEAPOLIS -- On this date 54 years ago, a DC 3 airplane with twenty-three souls on board made an emergency landing in an Iowa cornfield. Today, we remember the heroism of the flight crew which saved a legendary NBA basketball team.
The Miracle Landing by Harold Gifford
The Miracle Landing (ISBN:
Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Lakers said, “This incredible story is a turning point of Lakers history and the more the fans know about their team the more they love us. Because of this miracle landing, the players and other passengers on this flight would be able to continue their lives with their families and loved ones for the next half-century.”
Pat Moran, past president of the Minnesota Business Aviation Association remarked, “Every aviator should read this book. A fascinating account of what went wrong and what went right in the cockpit.”
John McClure, president of Signalman Publishing, stated, “Not only will this story keep you on the edge of your seat, but Harold Gifford’s own personal story is compelling as well, spanning nine decades. Harold is a living testament to aviation history.”
On this day, we remember and honor the flight crew, Harold Gifford, Jim Holznagel, and Verne Ullman, for their skill in safely landing their aircraft in Carroll, Iowa and saving all on board.
About the Author
Harold Gifford has had a very diverse career in military and commercial aviation. He is a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and after a 29-year career, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. Harold and his wife, Carol, currently live in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.