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Mission to Mach 2: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir of Supersonic Flight
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Famed pilot Earl Haney relates stories from his amazing career as an Air-Force pilot, "top-gun" instructor, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and from this test pilot adventures. As a member of the "Thunderbirds" and an admired fighter pilot with more than 200 mission Mr. Earl played a central role in a significant period of aviation history.
Mission to Mach 2: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir of Supersonic Flight by Earl Haney and Lee Courtnage is an exciting book, very readable and engaging. Earl Haney, known in the Air Force as Mr. Earl, flew supersonic jets during the Cold War, Vietnam and afterwards.
Mr. Earl was a pilot in an amazing time, even though let's be honest, is there really not an amazing time to be a fighter pilot? The age of supersonic jet planes was matured during Mr. Earl's service and he got to fly many of the new airplanes putting himself in mortal danger and his courage and stamina stretched to their limits.
Mr. Earl also tells about his time in the world famous "Thunderbirds" where he flew the F-100 plane, as well as exciting stories from his combat days, test pilot days, as well as being a respected instructor in the Fighter Weapons School and valued commander in the military.
This memoir is filled with bizarre incidents, tactical scenarios and wonderful anecdotes. Mr. Earl seems to be a very private man as there is very little about his home life. There is the obligatory chapter about his childhood, his beloved mother, a little about the rough life of a military family and about his sons which he is obviously very proud in.
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
Many lives were greatly affected by the great depression of the 1930s and so it was with Haney. His humble beginnings were in a home torn by an alcoholic father and held together by a strong willed mother and her hard work and love for her children. The character developed during his youth should be an inspiration and motivation to the younger generation. For us older folks, it is an affirmation of the qualities that we know lead to success. His revelations reveal the traits of integrity, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, and accountability that are woven throughout the narrative and are models to be emulated along with duty, honor, country, and a quiet religious faith.
While many of us were bitten by the flying bug as young children, Haney didn't see the light until after he had enlisted in the Air Force. Upon seeing a flight of F-86s, he was motivated to get into the aviation cadet program. He relates the high dropout rate in pilot training and the high mortality rate experienced in the early supersonic age.
Amid the serious nature of the fighter pilot's environment, Haney periodically provides a bit of subtle humor to relax the reader and this enhances the enjoyment of the narratives. His frequent brush with death showed his resolve to remain in control during periods of extreme stress.Read more ›
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I found this book to be very informative, interesting, and extremely well written. It was descriptive and truly educational about the life of a fighter pilot. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jean Schaller
An incredible story of the early days of supersonic flight and one of it's pioneers. Thank you "Mr. Earl" for your service and sharing your story with us.Published on July 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a great book!!I loved it,and I'm a fighter pilot contemporary of Earl's.I'm so glad that he had the courage and talent to document this extremely important phase of fighter... Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Firecan Dan