- ISBN/SKU: 9781591143420
- Binding: Hardcover
- Era: Vietnam
- Number of Pages: 384
- Subject: History
- Date Available: November 2007
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Training strengthens commitment, Gray points out, allowing ordinary men like him to fly dangerous missions. Readers will discover how circumstances created heroes—heroes who managed to overcome their personal fears for a greater cause—and how, despite the lack of public support for the war, the men remained committed to one another. The book addresses how men react to service during contentious political times to offer lessons relevant today.
Stephen R. Gray became a flight instructor at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas, after his aerial combat service in Vietnam. He left the Navy in 1972 and flew commercially for Delta Airlines for thirty years, logging more than twenty-four thousand flying hours. He lives in Hemphill, Texas.
"One of the best accounts of the transition from civilian to professional warrior of my reading experience. As a former A4 pilot I can vouch for its accuracy. As a maven of war stories, I will attest to its high level of pure excitement made all the more gripping because this is not fiction. It is a compelling chronicle for laymen and veteran pilot alike. Don't miss it."—Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.), author of Aircraft Carriers at War: A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation