Richard Earl Hansen, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (retired), a Command Pilot and Navigator, was Associate Editor of the Air Force's air power journal on his retirement. He earned a B.A. 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 in 1942, during WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps 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 Guard P-51 fighter unit was recalled for Korea. He stayed in as a career officer and for ten years in the Cold War's stand-off 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 19 other decorations.
USAF flying duties kept him in Asia for seven and a half years. Travels took him round the world twice and he has had duty in, or visited, 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 northern California, he has written mainly on aerospace and politico-military affairs with more than a dozen articles published. He has completed three adventure romance novels with aviation and space themes and holds a U.S. patent for an auto safety device. His son is a Lockhead test-pilot and his daughter is married in Texas. Dick's hobbies are tennis, travel and humor (he invents cliches).