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NAVCAD Class 10-56: An Anthology [Kindle Edition]

B.K. Bryans
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Book Description

A collection of true flying stories by the surviving naval aviators of Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) Class 10-56, which began Navy flight training in Pensacola, Florida, on March 6, 1956. The book contains thirty-one tales of adventure--most exciting, some funny, and a few sad--but all true.

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About the Author

From cowboy to captain, the author had a wild ride through Arizona cattle country, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and several Pentagon Wars. From 1956 to 1980, as a Navy jet pilot, admiral's aide, and military analyst, he fought and survived by always, always flying low. He is now the author of a dozen books, and his memoir, Flying Low, has 101 five-star reviews on

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  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: (September 21, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z9K5HQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, That's What it was Like April 12, 2014
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There aren't that many NAVCADs still around who can read this book and verify that going through the NAVCAD program and then being on active duty having come in through that path can recognize what that was like. My class was 10-62 and the program was being closed down by the Navy shortly after that time. A lot of us ended up "sandwiched" between our NAVCAD precessors who were eventually gone from active duty or had been sent to various colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees, and the college graduates who entered flight training after the NAVCAD program was gone. No path to college for us because the Vietnam War was underway and the Navy was short of pilots. Only active duty for us and repeated cruises to Southeast Asia until that war was done. But what the book describes was as real in 1962-64 as it was in 1956-58.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Naval Aviation at it's best. November 19, 2013
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For those of us who were born post aviation cadet or NavCad years and longed to be included, this is a must read. Very entertaining and for a life-long pilot, a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book April 10, 2013
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A lot of material from Mr. Bryant other books but a good read none the less. I enjoy the first hand naval aviation accounts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ssimilar to the many tales heard from father and uncle December 20, 2012
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Both WWII aviators. I miss them greatly. They and their stories inspired my aviation career. Reflecting on that I wish they' d been investment bankers.
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More About the Author

Brian was a teenage cowboy on two southern Arizona ranches before he became the young horse wrangler for a movie company filming television westerns at the Old Tucson movie set.

After two years at the University of Arizona, the author entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in Pensacola, Florida, and became a carrier-qualified jet pilot at age twenty. As a naval aviator, Brian flew 3,669 hours in thirteen different types of aircraft, made 652 carrier landings (163 of them at night), and flew 183 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and thirteen Air Medals. He went on to command Attack Squadron 35 aboard USS Nimitz.

While in the Navy, Brian earned a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Operations Research & Systems Analysis. Besides his flying tours, Brian served as aide to the Senior Member of the United Nations Armistice Commission in Korea, aide to the Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and Chief of Special Studies for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain.

Brian then worked as a consultant and software developer before serving as a manager with the Arizona state government. He is now retired again ... and writing. His web site is:

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