This page/website has been set up to provide us with an opportunity to publicise the book, gauge interest, and post progress updates for people with.
The book was written to capture one person’s journey of 45 years in aviation, from beginning to end, including the most memorable experiences along the way. It is hoped there are lessons learned in it that will prove useful for people in their own journey in aviation or indeed in life generally.
Memory is a deceptive instrument. In the telling and retelling of a story over time, aspects can gradually morph into something more entertaining than the reality, probably in an unintentional tailoring to emphasise points to which listeners have responded with heightened enjoyment.
Fortunately, I have maintained a practice of keeping management journals. Those and the required flight logbooks underpin much of what happened with some measure of objectivity. For the section on Vietnam, there are also 193 letters from me to my wife Nancy over that year. Accounts of what I had experienced were written the same day as, or soon after, key events. They have been a rich source of detail when I have needed to be sure the telling is consistent with the original, at least as I recorded it from my perspective at the time. Family letters written to supporters for the fifteen years we were with SIL also assisted with accuracy and chronology. Others who witnessed the same events may well have different perspectives and may have legitimate differences in their recall of details of an event. The accounts here are what I can recall, as I experienced them and as I recorded their impact on me. Where there are inaccuracies, they are my responsibility entirely. The Vietnam section contains graphic descriptions of events that could cause distress for individuals suffering PTSD
I have tried to keep jargon and acronyms to a minimum when covering technical subjects. Where possible with acronyms, I have used the full unabbreviated term when it first appears. Footnotes contain links shortened for easy access; those links are case-sensitive. There are appendices at the back including a glossary of terms for quick reference, a summary of aircraft types, and a post script about my own journey through PTSD.