Aloft: A Life Well Spent
Trafford Publishing, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 387 pages
The author was smitten by aviation early in World War II when buzzed by two AAC P-40 Warhawks, changing his career goal from tugboat captain to pilot in one fleeting moment. He soon could detail all of the front-line aircraft and even identify them by the sound of their passing overhead. Growing up in Connecticut, he had the opportunity to watch the development of the Sikorsky helicopters and the Chance-Vought aircraft, albeit from a distance. Long bicycle rides to airports in the area merely whetted his appetite further.
Shortly after graduation from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, he was selected to attend U. S. Navy Flight Training at Pensacola and Corpus Christi., and then assigned to the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NC. “Aloft” relates the experiences of a 23-year career in Coast Guard Aviation in many different roles; a career that was punctuated by the good, the bad and everything in between, but never far from where the action was.
Retiring from the Coast Guard as the Commanding Officer of the Air Station Cape Cod, MA, he launched his second career in aviation, most of it in the new aircraft production, or the modification of existing aircraft. “Aloft” provides insights into the transition from military aviation, to the industrial world of constant pressures, union tension, tight schedules and unstable economies. Throughout the book, the reader will found the thread of aviation and its lore woven through fast-moving vignettes.
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ONE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
TWO LEARNING TO FLY APRIL 1957 AUGUST 1958
THREE Cgas ELIZABETH CITY SEPTEMBER 1958 JANUARY 1962
FOUR MAINTENANCE TRAINING JANUARY 1962 SEPTEMBER 1962
FIVE CGAS SAN FRANCISCO SEPTEMBER 1962FEBRUARY 1965
SIX CGAS NEW ORLEANS FEBRUARY 1965 MAY 1967
SEVEN POST GRADUATE SCHOOL AFIT WPAFB Ohio MAY 1967 MAY 1969
TEN CGAS CAPE COD JULY 1977 SEPTEMBER 1979
ELEVEN AEROSPATIALE HELICOPTER COMPANY GRAND PRAIRIE TEXAS SEPTEMBER 1979 JULY 1986
TWELVE LTV VOUGHT AERO PRODUCTS DIVISION DALLAS TEXAS 1985 1989
THIRTEEN LTV SIERRA RESEARCH DIVISION BUFFALO NEW YORK 19891992
FOURTEEN AEL AERO DIVISION EAST ALTON ILLINOIS 1992 1996
FIFTEEN TRACOR FLIGHT SYSTEMS MOJAVE CALIFORNIA 19961997
LIST OF ACRONYMS
EIGHT AIRCRAFT REPAIR AND SUPPLY CENTER ELIZABETH CITY NORTH CAROLINA APRIL 1969 JULY 1974
NINE COAST GUARD HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC JUNE 1974 JULY 1977