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Besides which, I only ever maintained aircraft. Juvat was actually an honest-to-God fighter pilot and Tuna was actually an honest-to-God Naval Flight Officer. So they have a lot of aviation stories, both were in for 20+ years, all (more or less) in aviation.
I was in an aviation related service (the Air Force) but my direct contact with aircraft and aircraft systems was only from 1976 to 1983. So I may have another flightline story or two floating around the old noggin but I have to find them first.
Anyhoo, thank you for the award Joe. Juvat and Tuna worked very hard for that. Me? Well, this writing thing is getting easier, the ideas sometimes are hard to come by, but I can string a word or two together in an entertaining fashion. Most days.
If I have to.
I think it was last year that The Nuke gave me an Amazon gift card for Father's Day. I just got around to using a chunk of it for all these books I have on my want to read list. Really it's my "want to own and read" list. I love libraries and even have a library card. But I find it hard to part with a book I enjoyed. So I buy a lot of books. Much to The Missus Herself's chagrin. She will often throw her hands heavenward and say "Where are we supposed to put all these books!?"
Um, um, moving right along (nothing to see here...)
Here's the latest batch...
I've read two of Dan Hampton's other books - Lords of the Sky (which the late lamented Buck arranged for me to get for free!) and The Hunter Killers. I enjoyed both immensely, so Viper Pilot was a must buy. Didn't see it at the local B & N so Amazon got the nod.
I think I've been on myself for three years now to pick up Ed Rasimus' book When Thunder Rolled and while I was at it, how could I pass up Fighter Pilot, The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds? Which you'll note Ras had a hand in the writing of that book as well.
In fact, the last time I was at Arlington I made it a point to visit Ras' final resting place. Left a nickel on the grass and promised that I'd buy his book. Sorry it took me so long Major, you know how we Master Sergeants can be.
Oh yeah, note to Amazon: when you pack the books, try not to bend the effing cover!!!
(Look close, you'll see what I mean. Yeah, that really pissed me off. I used to work in shipping, it ain't that hard to put stuff in a fire trucking box and then seal it up. Really.)
I may have mentioned it once or twice (or more) but Bernard Cornwell is a favorite author of mine. Last time I read The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles was when I was stationed in Germany. Got them from the library over at AFCENT, which is now called AFNORTH, though no tectonic plate shifts occurred displacing said base further towards the Pole. At least not that I noticed. (The "AF" bit stands for Allied Forces, CENT is Central Europe, NORTH is Northern Europe. The kids all went to AFCENT International School, The Naviguesser is a graduate, and they renamed that to AFNORTH International School. But yes, I digress...)
So when I was browsing the Bernard Cornwell section at Amazon I jumped on getting my own copies of these books. Think "nice Northern boy from Massachusetts, son of an abolitionist preacher gets involved with a shady actress, robs her boss and flees south where the lady hooks up with her boyfriend stranding our hero." Well, seems Nate likes the South better than the North so he sticks around and fights for the Confederacy. Which, as I understand it, happened a lot back then.
Research for the book I wish to inflict upon my adoring public (stop looking around, I'm talking about "youse guys" - a phrase guaranteed to make a certain fine Texas lady grind her teeth, I'm sure) continues apace, I have just finished reading these...
And this one is in the hopper. So to speak.
As I am still "med down" for another couple of weeks, I have lots of time to research and scribble, both here and on the book. Seems I have time for video games as well. Not a surprise really, as I can't seem to get more than five or six hours of sleep a night, gives me lots of time.
I try to write when I'm coherent. Whether or not I've succeeded, I leave for you to judge.
À bientôt mes amis!