All Press Releases for May 22, 2013

Signalman Publishing Announces Release of "The Miracle Landing", True Story of the Minneapolis Lakers Crash Landing in Iowa

For the first time, the co-pilot tells his story in print of a fateful flight that could have been disastrous and ended an NBA franchise.

    KISSIMMEE, FL, May 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Signalman Publishing is pleased to announce the release in paperback and as an ebook for the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble nook, and the Apple iBookstore of The Miracle Landing: The true story of how the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers almost perished in an Iowa cornfield during a January blizzard by Harold Gifford of Woodbury, Minnesota.

The Miracle Landing is about an incident that happened over fifty years ago - an incident that could have changed U.S. sports history. On the evening of January 17, 1960 after a game in St. Louis, the Minneapolis Lakers boarded their DC-3 for the flight home. Perhaps the memory of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper perishing in an Iowa cornfield only 11 months earlier had faded. In any case, this flight would be like no other. For the first time in print, the co-pilot of that flight, Harold Gifford, tells the real, full story of what happened that almost wiped out the Lakers before that NBA dynasty even had a chance to really get started.

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."

The Miracle Landing (ISBN: 978-1-935991-97-7, Trade Paper, 174 pages, $13.99, Non-fiction/Sports History) from indie book publisher Signalman, is available on Amazon, Barnes & and wherever fine books are sold.

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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Signalman Publishing is an independent book publisher based in Kissimmee, Florida. Signalman has a wide range of thought-provoking literature from non-fiction titles on economics and military strategy to literary fiction. To learn more about Signalman Publishing, visit

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