Of Dreams & Coveralls: Daring to Become an Airline Pilot despite the Opposition and Challenges

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iUniverse, Feb 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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James Powell’s earliest memories are of airplanes. His imagination was fueled by gasoline-powered models; balsa-wood gliders; and stories of military aircraft. Amazing, though, James never believed he would have the opportunity to fly in an airplane.

While stumbling through school unsure of a career, James took a “dollar ride” in a Cessna 150. After a thirty-minute flight, he had an epiphany. As they taxied in, James’s heart and mind were still in the air. “Eureka! I’ve found it,” he said to himself. “This is what I want to do. I am going to fly airplanes.”

Powell’s path from that day forward was straight and narrow: he joined the military and successfully graduated from the Air Force’s pilot training class at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. But that was just the first step in what became a career as a professional aviator.

In this moving memoir of hard work and dogged determination, Powell recounts the rocky road he traveled on his way to becoming a commercial pilot. Despite the diversion of a teenage marriage and divorce, and friends’ ridicule, James’s determination never wavered.

Read how author James Powell used his gift of tenacity, believing he could do anything if he worked long and hard enough in Of Dreams and Coveralls.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 California Dreaming
1
Chapter 2 Kindergarten
4
Chapter 3 Kansas
6
Chapter 4 Best Buddy Joe
8
Chapter 5 Moving On
11
Chapter 6 No Counselors
13
Chapter 7 Junior High Highs
15
Chapter 8 The Mile High City
19
Chapter 28 Class Standing
89
Chapter 29 Retribution Denied
91
Chapter 30 T38 Talon Supersonic Trainer
92
Chapter 31 Final Contact Check Ride
95
Chapter 32 Recovery
98
Chapter 33 The BUFF
100
Chapter 34 B52 H TransitionWalt Archey Career Advisor
106
Chapter 35 Arc Light
109

Chapter 9 Whats That Smell?
22
Chapter 10 School Days
25
Chapter 11 Smitten
28
Chapter 12 Unequally Yoked
30
Chapter 13 Math Once More
33
Chapter 14 Sports Cars
37
Chapter 15 Finances
39
Chapter 16 Ruth
41
Chapter 17 Decision
45
Chapter 18 Motivation
48
Chapter 19 Solo
51
Chapter 20 Failure
55
Chapter 21 College Motivation
60
Chapter 22 Uncle Sam Wants You
70
Chapter 23 Officer Training School
76
Chapter 24 The Road to UPT
79
Chapter 25 An Introduction to Pilot Training
81
Chapter 26 Schooling The Teacher
83
Chapter 27 Round Two
84
Chapter 36 Disappointment
114
Chapter 37 ACSC
121
Chapter 38 Little Rock Air Force Base
123
Chapter 39 Final Assignment
126
Chapter 40 Surprise Call
129
Chapter 41 Military Retirement
132
Chapter 42 Disappointment Again
135
Chapter 43 Gift Horse
140
Chapter 44 Dream Realized
142
Chapter 45 CheckRide
146
Chapter 46 Regional Jet Upgrade
149
Chapter 47 Undecided
151
Chapter 48 RetirementTransition
153
Chapter 49 Corporate Pilot
157
Chapter 50 Retrospective
159
Acknowledgments
163
About the Author
165
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