Mr William Richardson - The OBEs of pilots
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Mr Wm Richardson - Journ. S.P.R., 41, 1961, p. 214 [also quoted in Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections]
Disassociation of mind with the physical world is apparently a fairly common phenomenon experienced by pilots, particularly those who fly at great heights and speeds. This sensation of 'out of body' is a momentary experience of detachment, a glimpse of oneself as though from without. Not only have I had such an experience, but others sharing the common background of solitary flight have told me of their experiences with similar sensations.