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Flight Lessons 3: Experience: How Eddie Learned to Understand the Lessons of Experience Paperback – October 1, 2016
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This third volume is more personal and specific, and consists of the author's experience while a member of the 89th, a well known and highly regarded US Air Force wing responsible for VIP transport, most famously for the US President. The author joins the 89th in the early 1990s, a period of great change in the USAF. The 89th's motto is "Experto Crede," latin for "Trust in the expert" and Mr. Albright uses this saying as a departure point to show how the unit developed both good and bad characteristics. Albright's observations lead to some fairly profound insights on culture which apply to any flying organization. As these insights are philosophical and abstract, by basing them on concrete examples, they are made clear. If a publicly prominent and storied unit like the 89th act as though their motto was "Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse," well then these bad organization traits can can occur in any organization. Probably the strongest chapters are "Deviant," which concludes on procedural intentional non-compliance, and "Expertise," which ends with a saying "No" to your employer, and ought to be required reading for any contract pilot.
In the chapter "Ivan," based on a C-20 [GIII] trip into the still-reeling-from-the-breakup Russia, there is discussion of missile avoidance manuevers for transport aircraft. The material on avoiding having a missile fired on you in the first place is spot on, but I would be very cautious about assuming any ability to out maneuver missiles in flight based on reading the chapter.