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Russ Roberts

Author of Unlearning to Fly:

Navigating the Turbulence

and Bliss of Growing Up in the Sky.

"It was thrilling... and made me want to fly!" -Joanne Rideout, The Ship Report

"A great aviating yarn." -Chet Burgess, CNN

"A thoughtful and detailed remembrance of a life in flight. In Roberts’ vivid telling of his life story, he was always a pilot at heart. -Kirkus Reviews

Russ Roberts' memoir is available now in print and Kindle from Amazon, and in print at Barnes & Noble and Powell's Books.

An audiobook is planned. We'll announce when it is available on Audible. Before then, you may like to read about the book on Goodreads.

See Russ Roberts' reading recommendations on BookBub.   


Visit his Amazon Author page.

If you'd like a taste of the story, here's an excerpt from the book.


Author's Bio

A Collector of Stories

Airline pilot, broadcaster, sailor, speaker, and now author, Captain Russ Roberts is not so much an adventurer as a lifetime collector of experiences and stories.


Roberts flew the Atlantic alone in single-engine airplanes, sailed the Northwest Passage over the Canadian arctic, helped blow up his backyard with dynamite, was the youngest licensed flight instructor in America, commanded airliners around the world, and once shared a VW with a moose..


In his first book, Unlearning to Fly: Navigating the Turbulence and Bliss of Growing Up in the Sky, Russ Roberts tells a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking story of how airplanes were the golden thread that secured an otherwise turbulent start to life.

"In his equally fascinating and poignant memoir, Russ Roberts reveals how his steadfast love of airplanes guides him through a tumultuous childhood and empowers him to set the course for his own life. Roberts will make you feel the awe of sitting in the cockpit, the wonder of taking flight, and the unbridled joy of achieving goals..." -BookGorilla (March 24, 2021)

Invite Russ to Speak

Russ Roberts has engaged audiences all around North America. He looks forward to speaking at your next event. 

This is also the place to be should you have a media request or need good technical advice for your aviation related movie or television project. 

Or just stop by to say, "Hello!" We look forward to meeting you.

Russ Roberts

c/o Holt & Grooms Co. Ltd., Publisher

Dept. 74888

PO Box 34628

Seattle WA 98124


(Or use the contact form.)

Thank you for getting in touch!

The Inner Reaches of the the Northwest Passage

Here's a video of Russ Roberts speaking of The Inner Reaches of the Northwest Passage, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Get in touch above to book him for your event.

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