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Author Bruce A. Bleakley, a 20-year Air Force veteran with 5,000 hours of flying time, is currently museum director of the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field Airport. The images in Dallas Aviation come from the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the History of Aviation Collection at the University of Texas at Dallas, and other individual and organizational sources. 
Since Otto Brodie's airplane flight at Fair Park in 1910, the city of Dallas has seen over 100 years of rich and diverse aviation activity. Many of those years were spent on a long and complex road to a consolidated airport for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, an impasse finally resolved with the dedication of Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport in 1974. Central to Dallas aviation history is Love Field, established as a military base in 1917. A waypoint for famous flights such as the first round-the-world flight in 1924, a venue for colorful characters like barnstormer and bootlegger "Slats" Rodgers, and the site of World War II's largest Air Transport Command base--Love Field was all this and more. Love Field remains a major aviation facility as the home of Southwest Airlines and several internationally recognized business aircraft operation.
 
 Lt/Col Jack L. Drain, USAF (Ret.), Command Pilot, with 268 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam to his credit.  Col. Drain retired in 1971 and was active in the financial world until 1990 when he helped build a Prescription Drug claim processing service until 2000. Again retiring at the age of 70, he became a hospital volunteer chaplain and serves in various church-related activities. Jack and his wife, Carolyn, have been married fifty-five years. They reside in Bedford, Texas.
Twelve U. S. Air Force fighter planes and twenty highly trained pilots were blown out of the sky near Danang, Vietnam, by US-made bombs with malfunctioning “short” fuses. Everybody knew about it, from the other fighter pilots to the Vietnam generals and higher military echelon, and surely all the way to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Why was it never reported in the media? Why were these heroic martyrs brushed aside and forgotten? Why was the manufacturer never named or called to account? And why was the entire disaster covered up? Lt. Col. Jack L. Drain, retired—a career fighter pilot who flew 268 combat missions—is finally exposing the truth.

 
Ken Farmer - After proudly serving his country as a US Marine (call sign 'Tarzan'), Ken attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a full football scholarship, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business and Speech & Drama. Ken quickly discovered his love for acting when he starred as a cowboy in a Dairy Queen commercial. Ken has over 39 years as a professional actor/writer/director, with memorable roles in Silverado, The Newton Boys, Friday Night Lights, Uncommon Valor and over 260 commercials. Ken now lives near Gainesville, Texas, where he continues to write and direct quality award winning films like Rockabilly Baby.
 
Ken and Buck Stienke co-author the "Black Eagle Force" series. 
 The AK-47 instinctively rose toward the Mexican sergeant, and bullets poured out of the suppressor like water from a hose from hell. The only sound Mike heard was the rapid, metallic clack, clack, clack of the bolt cycling, and then he caught a glimpse of two now three more uniformed men with rifles. He could sense the three shooters' intentions as their fingers moved to the triggers. For the first time ever, the inactive Marine had a really, really bad thought ... I'm not gonna make it.
 
This book is only one of a series of "Black Eagle Force" books. 
 

 
 
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In 1949, Dale Ford joined the peacetime Air Force. Two days after he graduated from flying school, the Korean War started. After about ten months of additional training, Ford found himself in the middle of that fight. He flew one hundred combat missions against the Russian Mig-15 in the swept-wing F-86 jet fighters of the 4th and 51st Fighter Interceptor Wings. Ford spent three years as a jet fighter pilot and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Ford went on to receive a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University. In 1956, he joined Convair Aeronautical Corporation, builder of the world's first supersonic bomber. He spent the next five years working closely with and flying with the B-58 test pilots as a flight test engineer. They blazed new ground taking this four-engine, 160,000-pound aircraft to twice the speed of sound in the 1950s and proved it was ready for production for the U.S. Air Force. Join author Dale Ford as he relives and relates one man's experiences through Two Hot Wars and One Cold War.
 
Earning My Wings: An Autobiography by Shirley Dobbins Forgan.  
At the age of twenty-three, Shirley Dobbins married an air force jet fighter pilot and took off on a globetrotting adventure, from being a first lieutenant’s girlfriend to general’s wife. Shirley traveled with Dave, all while raising two boys and fulfilling all the duties of a military wife with a sense of humor and dedication. Readers will discover the life of a military wife, a lifestyle certainly not for sissies. It takes a special woman, willing to make sacrifices, but the rewards are remarkable. There are happy occasions, exciting travels, sad times, hilarious incidents, proud moments, and lifelong friends to be made. Military wives and mothers will find comfort and joy in these pages and civilian women will gain insight into this exclusive world. 
 
A veteran of fifteen years within the SR-71 community, Col. Richard H. Graham is uniquely qualified to tell the Blackbird’s story. Crew member, instructor pilot, chief of the standardization/evaluation division, Colonel Graham was named SR-71 Squadron Commander, 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, in January 1981. A command pilot with more than 4,600 military flying hours, he has earned many military decorations and awards, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal. Col. Graham also wrote SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends. He lives in Plano, Texas.
Put your pressure suit on and strap yourself in for a Mach 3 ride! Former SR-71 Wing Commander, Rich Graham, tells the amazing inside story of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Graham provides a detailed look at the entire SR-71 story, beginning with his application to be an SR pilot through commanding an entire wing. Graham not only packs his book with endless fascinating details about this superlative aircraft, but makes strong arguments for its continuing utility as a reconnaissance platform. He covers stories of life among the "Habus" (as the aircraft were called by their crews), to discussions of the SR-71's place in aerial reconnaissance and its history in the halls of the Pentagon.

 
Col. Robert W. Gruenhagen, USAF (Retired) began his military service in 1947. His long and active career included the 186th Fighter Squadron, SAC, TAC, and the Icelandic Defense Force. He is a member of the Air Force Association, the American Aviation Historical Society, and the Association of P-51 Historians and Enthusiasts. He serves as consultant and advisor with matters related to historic aircraft during the World War II. He is the author of Mustang: The Story of the P-51 Fighter and a well-known expert on the P-51. Among his numerous decorations and awards, Col. Gruenhagen received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, and the Texas State Meritorious Service Award.
This book is one of the most detailed volumes about the development and construction of the Mustang fighter available. Mr. Gruenhagen clearly has personal, firsthand knowledge of the inner "guts' of the aircraft. His description of the fighter's development, and his explanation of the various modifications made to the aircraft as the improved models were developed, is unequaled and uniquely enlightening for anyone interested in knowing more about the P-51 and the people who designed, tested and modified the aircraft during its service life. Not only is the history of the P-51 during the Second World War discussed in detail, but there are also separate sections in the revised edition addressing the use of the Mustang during the Korean War and in the National Guard units, as well as the purchase of surplus aircraft by private individuals for racing and other uses. The history of the aircraft described in the book is concise, but comprehensive.

Fiske Hanley II graduated and received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Texas Technology University in 1943. He served in the Army Air Force as a Flight Engineer during World War II and was posted with the 504th Bomb Group in the Pacific Campaign. In March 1945, on his 7th mission, Hanley’s aircraft was shot down. Captured by the Japanese, he spent more than 150 days in a POW camp in Tokyo. He is now a retired Aeronautical Engineer and researcher/historian and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
The shocking story of captured B-29 Superfortress airmen who were shot down over Japan during WWII has never been told. They were not treated as Prisoners of War, but were designated Special Prisoners to be tried and executed for the killing of innocent women and children. While awaiting trial they were considered sub-humans, starved on half POW rations, issued no clothes or basic hygienic needs, allowed to suffer and die from torture, beatings, wounds, and lack of medical treatment.
 
Marion Stegeman Hodgson graduated from flight school in 1943 with the 318th Army Air Force’s flying training Detachment in Sweetwater, Texas. Now a widely published author, she has written one novel, four cookbooks, and numerous magazine articles. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
One of the first women in the United States to train as a military pilot, the author was part of a little-known World War II experiment called the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) program, which gave young women the then unheard-of-opportunity to fly military aircraft. Marion Hodgson tells an exuberant story of the time back in 1943 when she and other WASPs earned their hard-won wings. They learned to fly everything from open-cockpit primary trainers to P-51 Mustangs, B-26 Marauders, and B-29 Superfortresses; and their stateside missions freed their male counterparts for combat duty overseas. An unlikely volunteer, Hodgson was at first terrified of flying, but she and other WASPs succeeded not only in winning their wings, but in breaking the barriers against women in military cockpits.
 
Susan Keen is a mother of two, teacher, reader, and world traveler. A native of Mississippi, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. She has written and published two cookbooks, was an interior designer, is a graduate of several French cooking schools, and is a gourmet cook. She and her husband, Jack Keen, M.D., live in Fort Worth.
The Vietnam War, though an uncomfortable part of America’s conscience, is past history. Military personnel are home. Missing are found. Bodies are buried. Relations are normalized with Vietnam. Four decades later, we’re over it. Right?

Not for Mary Lou Hall and her children, Heather and Harley Stephen. Their husband and dad, accomplished and decorated U.S. aviator Harley Hall, who unflinchingly signed on for last-gasp missions over Vietnam even in the war’s waning seconds in 1973, disappeared after his shootdown—his whereabouts never pinpointed. For his loved ones and for all who still miss him urgently, the question lingers: where is Harley? How could he so utterly vanish? Why did the U.S. not charge in and demand an accounting for this one who had such a brilliant future ahead as a military star? Why was he left alive to die?
 
By day, an aeronautical engineer, James Michael has always had a great interest in aviation and science fiction, and is the author of several short stories. His first novel, “The Auroral Entanglement,” was awarded the Rising Star award and Editor’s Choice award by I-Universe, as part of their author’s recognition program. The book is available for purchase on the I-Universe, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon websites. The former pilot has lived in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Montreal, and Munich, Germany, but now resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and daughter.
Jack, a bush pilot, charters tours of Alaska’s terrain that includes night flights to view the aurora borealis from the sky. One fateful October night, when forecasters predict an exceptionally vivid aurora, Jack embarks on a solo flight to fly closer to the multicolored lights. Drawn to a fingerlike funnel that stretches toward the ground, Jack ignores the concerns in the back of his mind and flies through the anomaly before it dissipates back into the night sky. As Jack returns to the airport, he has no idea that his life is about to change.  Only a few days later, Jack is sitting in a local bar with friends when he suddenly realizes something is different. For a moment Jack seems to come out of himself – he can feel the pain of others, and sees brief flashes cross his mind. It is not long before Jack discovers he has developed a strange ability to entangle his mind with others. With his newfound gift, Jack soon finds ways to aid friends, uncover falsehoods, and even intertwine his mind with an eagle.  In this intriguing science fiction tale, a fearless pilot must come to terms with his telepathic ability and somehow weave his unintended gift into the course of his life.

Jay Miller has been a professional aviation photographer for nearly forty years, having first started as an aviation photojournalist for the Odessa American newspaper, and later the Austin American Statesman newspaper in 1968. He has authored 36 books and well over a thousand magazine and newspaper articles – all on aviation subjects. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.  In between writing and photography projects Jay has also worked in the aviation museum business. From 1970 to 1975 he was chief curator of the University of Texas History of Aviation Collection. From 1996 to 2000 he was director of the American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum, and from 2000 to 2001 he was director of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection. Still writing and taking photographs, Jay lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, with his wife Susan. 
More than a century of aviation and space progress is unfolded in this text. Many historic aircraft, facilities, and personalities are included, some of which had a potent impact on the aviation industry and on national and international affairs. Commercial and military aircraft photographs depict the early days of aviation, the world wars and the years between, and the jet and space ages. Aviation in Texas is intended to be a pictorial reference rather than a comprehensive historical text. The photographs are excellent and varied, and the book is an overall success.             

 
Phil Nordyke is a thirty-year veteran of the high tech industry, working for companies such as Texas Instruments, Xerox, DSC Communications, Cisco Systems, and a number of venture capital funded early stage tech startup companies. Mr. Nordyke has written six books about the World War II 82nd Airborne Division.  His latest book, Put Us Down in Hell – The Combat History of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II, was released in August of 2012. Mr. Nordyke’s first book, All American All The Way – The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2005 Distinguished Writing Award and was an editor’s choice main selection of the Military Book Club. He is the historian for the World War II 505th Regimental Combat Team Association. Mr. Nordyke lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife, Nancy.
 
The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment was one of the elite parachute regiments of World War II. Attached to the famed 82nd Airborne Division, it parachuted into Normandy during the predawn hours of June 6, 1944, spearheading the invasion of Hitler’s fortress Europe. There, it fought with distinction for thirty-four days before being relieved. Less than sixty days later, the regiment made a daring daylight jump fifty-three miles behind German lines to spearhead the invasion of Holland. It seized vital high ground and held it against repeated German counterattacks and was the first Allied parachute regiment to fight on German soil. Shortly after being relieved in Holland, the 508th was rushed to Belgium to stem the German onslaught in the Ardennes. The 508th screened the withdrawal of more than 20,000 U.S. soldiers from the St.-Vith pocket and then stopped an assault by the 9th SS Panzer Division at Erria. The regiment then participated in the drive to the German border to eliminate the Belgian bulge. It subsequently fought in the Hürtgen Forest, where it captured Hill 400 and other critical high ground south of the Kall River in its last combat action. At the conclusion of the war in Europe, the regiment was selected to guard General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Germany. In the third of his highly acclaimed regimental histories, historian Phil Nordyke tells the story of this remarkable unit through the experiences and words of the veterans. He has gathered hundreds of first person accounts from interviews, questionnaires, diaries, letters, memoirs, awards files, and official accounts. Mr. Nordyke skillfully weaves them to create a powerful narrative that brings the reader into the action. It is a story of close combat, tremendous courage, devotion to duty, and sacrifice.

 
Brad O’Connor flew the Nighthawk during the NATO bombing campaign over Kosovo in 1999. His first-person experience puts the reader in the cockpit of this revolutionary combat aircraft. From his F-117 assignment through training, deployment, mission planning, and combat flights, O’Connor relates the day-to-day life of a pilot in the world’s first stealth fighter. During his twenty-six-year career as an aviator in the U.S. Air Force he completed tours of duty flying eight different types of jets, including the F-16.  Later he instructed in two different jets as an exchange officer to the US Navy, to include carrier-qualification. Seventy-nine combat sorties were completed in the EF-111 over Iraq during the “no fly-zone” years before being selected to join the elite cadre of F-117 Stealth Fighter pilots at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. His final active-duty assignment was to Sheppard AFB, Texas.  Brad amassed 6,077 jet flight hours as a fighter, test, and instructor pilot before retiring. He currently lives in north Texas. 
 Stealth Fighter. Nighthawk. The Black Jet. Each name for the F-117 is ominous and the feeling is intensified by its strange futuristic appearance, all flat surfaces and sharp edges. Those odd angles scatter radar waves to effectively render the aircraft nearly undetectable. All other design considerations came second to radar invisibility, even aerodynamics. As a result, the F-117 is wildly unstable; four separate computer systems continuously monitor and adjust its flight path to keep it from tumbling out of control. What fighter pilot wouldn’t want to fly such a machine into a war zone? The F-117 Stealth Nighthawk was a truly groundbreaking aircraft when introduced in the early 1980s. This highly classified program wasn’t acknowledged publicly by the U.S. Air Force until 1988. The Nighthawk was retired in 2008 after twenty-five years of service, including bombing missions over Panama, Iraq during both Gulf Wars, and Yugoslavia during the Kosovo war.
 

The daughter of WASP and author Marion Stegeman Hodgson, Marjorie Hodgson Parker grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She now lives with her husband, Joe, on the Parker Ranch near the Red River in North Texas. Marjorie has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and books. David & the Mighty Eighth is her fourth book for young readers. 
A young British boy, David Freeman, is caught in the cruelty of World War II from the time he is 10 until he is 15 years old. Evacuated from his war-torn London home during the Blitz, devastated by the news that his father, a Royal Air Force pilot, is missing in action, and determined to become a man, David seeks what it takes to have courage.  Based on a true story, this historical fiction recounts David’s adventures and the forging of his friendship with an American pilot, Tex, and his crew. The friendly airmen with the Eighth Air Force, “The Mighty Eighth,” give David hope when Hitler’s Nazis seem unstoppable.  This coming-of-age account teaches that despite the horrors of war, good can be found in the worst of times. David & the Mighty Eighth confirms the importance of faith, family, and freedom, and is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. 

Retired from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, J’Nell L. Pate taught history and government. She is the author of nine books, including Livestock Legacy: The Fort Worth Stockyards, 1887–1987 (Texas A&M University Press) and North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth (TCU Press). Pate has written a column on western history for her hometown newspaper, The Azle News, each week since 1968. She was selected as one of 100 outstanding living graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, during the commemoration of their Centennial year in 1990. She was named for life to the “Fellows” of the Texas State Historical Association in March 1994.
Named after Mexican War general William Jenkins Worth, Fort Worth began as a military post in 1849. More than a century and a half later, the defense industry remains Fort Worth's major strength with Lockheed Martin's F-35s and Bell Helicopter's Ospreys flying the skies over the city. Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth's Military Legacy, covers the entire military history of Fort Worth from the 1840s with tiny Bird's Fort to the massive defense plants of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
An accomplished author, video writer, and producer, Petrick has won national and regional awards for her work, including the silver medal at the New York Film Video Festival, the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for writing, and two Matrix awards. Petrick received her bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Texas in Dallas. She lives in McKinney, Texas.              
Katherine wants to fly, but all the instructors say that she is too young and too small. When finally given a chance, she excels as a solo flyer and becomes the fourth American woman licensed to fly.  

 
Currently retired, Don Pyeatt has worked extensively in the defense industry. He is the historian for the B-36 Peacemaker Museum and for the 7th Bomb Wing B-36 Association, both in Fort Worth. 
Pyeatt, and his co-author, Dennis R. Jenkins, have combined their unique knowledge of the B-36 and the era in which it served into this book of political intrigue and technological marvels. As historians for the B-36 Peacemaker Museum and the 7th Bomb Wing B-36 Association, they reveal the world of the B-36 as it really was. Whether your interest is in technical details of the world’s first intercontinental nuclear bomber, or in the political and social events leading to its development and Strategic Air Command deployment during the Cold War, this book tells it all. Combined with many seldom-seen photos from private collections and national archives, this book presents a new perspective on the Cold War and its premiere deterrent. Also by Don Pyeatt: B-36: Saving the Last Peacemaker.
 
 
Ed Rasimus is a retired United States Air Force Major and a veteran fighter pilot of the Vietnam War. Rasimus flew more than 250 combat missions in F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II fighters and received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross five times, and numerous Air Medals.
Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber in his engaging account of the Rolling Thunder campaign in the skies over North Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1968, more than 330 F-105s were lost–the highest loss rate in Southeast Asia–and many pilots were killed, captured, and wounded because of the Air Force’s disastrous tactics. The descriptions of Rasimus’s one hundred missions, some of the most dangerous of the conflict, will satisfy anyone addicted to vivid, heart-stopping aerial combat, as will the details of his transformation from a young man paralyzed with self-doubt into a battle-hardened veteran. His unique perspective, candid analysis, and the sheer power of his narrative rank his memoir with the finest, most entertaining of the war. 
 
From Clovis, New Mexico, Kathleen Rodgers was twenty-one years old when she married into the world of military aviation—a world she thought was full of parties at the Officer’s Club, the roar of jet engines, and the place where her husband and the other pilots lived on the edge. Early in her marriage, she learned about the other side of military aviation—the side that nobody likes to talk about when a plane goes down. She learned to accept two things about her husband’s career choice: His job could kill him, and he loved every minute of it. 
In her debut novel, The Final Salute, Rodgers writes about the aftermath of military plane crashes, the tight bond between the pilots, and how crewmembers and military families cope after terrible tragedies. Her goal in writing The Final Salute was to give a voice to the men who perished flying for their country and the women and children they left behind. But this novel is not all doom and gloom. In the story, seasoned fighter pilot Tuck Westerfield, a Vietnam Vet and father of three, must deal with a devious commander, an animal-crazy neighbor whose husband hates pilots, a beautiful but suspicious wife, and a rebellious teenage daughter. The last thing he needs is another war. But when Iraq invades Kuwait in the middle of a muggy Louisiana summer, duty calls.
 
 A former Air Force fighter pilot, Buck has an extensive background in military aviation and weaponry. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he was a member of the undefeated Rugby team and was on the Dean’s List. After leaving the Air Force, Buck was a pilot for Delta Airlines for over twenty-five years. He has a vast knowledge of weapons, tactics and survival techniques. Buck is the owner of Lone Star Shooting Supply, Gainesville, TX. A successful actor, writer and businessman, he lives in Gainesville with his wife, Carolyn. Buck was Executive Producer for the award winning film, ROCKABILLY BABY.
 
Buck and Ken Farmer co-author the "Black Eagle Force" series. 
“The People's Republic of China demands repayment of trillions in gold of our massive federal debt...now! President Annette Thompson refuses. Rogue military elements within the Red Chinese government, led by megalomaniac Admiral Huang Meng, secretly neutralize all of the US top line fighters, bombers and missiles. America is virtually defenseless.

With an armada larger than any seen since D-Day, Meng and his forces are set to invade the west coast of America. Their daring plan is to capture and hold California, Oregon and Washington states in payment for the multi-trillion dollar debt and their belief that China actually discovered America in 1422, seventy years before Columbus.

General Jack Stewart steps in with a bold plan to reactivate the ‘Old Iron’ in storage at the Davis-Monthan boneyard. Can he pull off the defense of the United States with the help of forty and fifty year old aircraft? The ultra-secret and deadly Black Eagle Force is tasked to assist the interception of the massive Chinese invasion fleet at all costs. The fate of America hangs in the balance.”
 
This book is only one in a "Black Eagle Force" series. 
 
Tommy H. Thomason worked as a flight test engineer, manager, and executive in the aerospace industry for almost 40 years, including two years as a flight test engineer on the F-4 Phantom. He has flown more than 3,000 hours in 60 different airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes. His previous works include U.S. Naval Air Superiority, Strike From the Sea, and monographs on the Grumman F-111B, Bell Helicopter HSL, Bell Aircraft XFL-1, and the Vought F8U-3 "Super Crusader".              
Few modern military aircraft can claim the longevity and overall success enjoyed by the legendary Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Also known as the Bantam Bomber and Scooter the small, subsonic A-4 first flew in the mid-1950s during the burgeoning era of larger and much more complex supersonic jet fighters. The Skyhawk broke the mold, however, by becoming America's first simple, low-cost, and lightweight jet-powered attack aircraft. Still in use today in South America, the Skyhawk enjoyed a 25-year production run.
A-4s achieved combat fame in the Falklands Islands War and the Vietnam War where one even scored a kill against a faster Soviet-built MiG. Used by the air arms of seven foreign countries as well as the U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team, the A-4 Skyhawk remains a fascination for naval aviation enthusiasts nearly six decades after it first took to the sky.
 
Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and storyteller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. A native of Fort Worth, she is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. Jeanette lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas.
French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood was born with the wanderlust. Her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of catholic 1960s New Orleans suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Experiencing the freedom of flight is liberating. However an illicit affair with her pilot instructor forces action. When she confronts her ruthless husband for a divorce, she is cast out sans her children and threatened with her life. Desperate to get them back and gain liberty, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. In a bizarre twist of fate, she serves as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife as a means to survive; hoping he will decide she is his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track.