Richard Earl Hansen, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (Retired), a Command Pilot and Navigator, was Acquisitions Editor of the Air Force's professional journal on his retirement. He earned a BA at the University of Minnesota, MA at Syracuse University, NY, and pursued doctoral studies at Auburn University, AL.
Dick was born in St. Paul, MN and during WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 as an Aviation Cadet. Following P-38 fighter combat duties in the Pacific, at the war's end he finished college, married and raised a boy and a girl.
He returned to the Air Force when his Air National Guard P-Si fighter unit was recalled for Korea in 1951. He continued as a career officer. Then for ten years during the Cold War, he commanded nuclear-armed B-47 and B-52 heavy bombers of the Strategic Air Command.
In Vietnam from 1969 to 1972, he flew C-130 assault airlifters and commanded a squadron in combat. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, several Air Medals and nineteen other decorations.
USAF flying duties kept him in Asia for seven and a half years. Travels took him around the world twice and he has had duty in, or toured, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, Micronesia and Australia. In 1989, he and his wife, Nancy, whistle-stopped across the USSR from Leningrad to Vladivostok by rail on the Trans-Siberian Express.
Retired in the California Sierras, he has written mainly on aerospace and politicomilitary affairs with more than a dozen articles published in professional journals. He has completed three adventure-romance novels with aviation and space settings, and holds a U.S. Patent for an auto safety device. His son is a Lockheed test pilot and his daughter is married and lives in Texas. Dick's hobbies are tennis, travel and humor (He invents clichés).