Not really. But travel writer and adventurer, Amber Nolan, had a crazy idea to try it and went on a two-year pilgrimage to see if it was possible.
Dubbed "the Jet Hiking Project," Amber hitchhiked on more than 100 private aircraft including homebuilt (experimental) planes, private jets, seaplanes, aerobatic planes, and even a WWII bomber.
From low flying in the desert, landing on a glacier, and running into some extreme weather, every flight taught her new lessons about aviation while experiencing the U.S. from a bird's eye view.
She reached 49 states - including Alaska - on a shoestring budget by pitching a tent alongside grass strip runways, getting stuck in the middle of nowhere for days or weeks on end, and taking on random housekeeping work when money ran out.
It was the hardest thing she'd ever done, but also the journey of a lifetime that opened her eyes to an amazing community of aviators. The adventure caught the attention of the general public, with many people following along on social media as it unfolded.
Wingin' It: Tales from an Airplane Hitchhiker is Amber's full-length memoir that details her Jet Hiking adventure. Why she did it, what she learned, and the close calls she had along the way.
It is currently being copyedited.
Thank you to the Anne McKee Grant for helping this book become a reality!
Self-Publication Date: Summer 2024.
Amber began writing short scripts in 2021 and sold her first comedy/drama script about boat life a year later. Staying Afloat debuted at the Sunscreen Film Festival and at the Duluth Superior Film Festival in 2023.
Amber is currently writing a full-length screenplay, Wingin' It, inspired by her aviation memoir and adventures. She is seeking a production company interested in bringing her story to the big screen.
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Amber plans on self-publishing her memoir, Wingin' It: Tales From an Airplane Hitchhiker, in summer 2024 (but is exploring traditional publishing) and is seeking a production company to option the feature-length screenplay that's inspired by the journey.