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General Alton D. Slay flew everything from WWII trainers to the Mach 3+ SR-71 spy plane. A Four-Star General, he was one of the rare Air Force Officers who was able to keep flying until he retired. A combat pilot in two wars, these sorties were just a part of his amazing career, spanning from jungle clearings in Guatemala to the edge of space in a rocket-powered F-104. Somehow he survived it all.
I was the producer, so of course I loved it. And I'm sure my rating will skew it until other people rate it as well. But I just want to point out that General Slay passed away last November. I wanted to shorten this documentary so it would be more appealing to those who didn't personally know the general. But in the end, I decided it's best to keep ALL of his stories and leave it up to you to fast-forward if you wish. I am a 747 pilot with almost 18,000 hours in my log book and have been around other pilots for almost five decades. I can honestly say he is the most fascinating and interesting pilot I've ever known. And every story is completely true. In fact, he once ejected into the Atlantic Ocean off the shore from Atlantic City, NJ IN DECEMBER in the middle of the night. He almost froze while swimming to shore. Yet this story didn't even make the cut, because he couldn't recall his backseater's name and didn't want to slight him. This film is intended to honor a man who served our nation in uniform for 39 years and his family will read your comments. As such, I hope you'll be kind in your reviews, limiting your comments to MY production rather than his noteworthy history. Thanks. -Tom Sylvester Pool Room Studios
Being a life long aviation enthusiast myself, I really enjoyed General Slay's story. Incredible variety of planes this man flew. The director deserves 'kudos' for documenting this aviation icon's life as a pilot. Thanks Tom!