Thru a Pilot's Eye

Cold War through Vietnam Era

by Jud McLester



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/11/2004

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781414011608
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781414011585
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781414011592

About the Book

Having served Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard men and women as a chaplain for thirty-three years, I can assure the reader that pilots are a breed unto themselves. In these pages you will be introduced to one of them. From a wet-behind-the-ears trainee to a seasoned Air Force Fighter pilot, Lieutenant McLester shares the rigors of training, the anticipation of assignments, the dangers of combat and the pride and joy peculiar to his profession. Along the way he takes the reader inside the cockpit for breathtaking missions and inside the officers' clubs for wild celebrations. He pauses to pay tribute to fallen comrades and puts all of it into historical perspective. If you want to know more about these brave and sometimes zany people called aviators, and the machines they fly, you will want to read this book. It is fun, it is touching, and it is immensely interesting. Rear Admiral A. Byron Holderby, Jr. Chaplain Corps, United States Navy (Ret)

About the Author

Jud attended VMI and Clemson College earning a BS in engineering. June 1962 he reported to Laughlin A.F.B. Texas for pilot training. On active duty Jud flew the F-100 and F-102 fighter aircraft in air defense, nuclear strike and fighter bomber roles. Leaving the Air Force for an Airline career, he continued military flying in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. With major airlines, Jud flew the Boeing 737, 727 and 747. In a forty year aviation career he amassed over twenty thousand flight hours. Captain McLester served as instructor, training manager and Continental Airlines B-737 chief pilot at the Newark hub. Jud and his wife Sheila have three sons Judson, Scott and Glenn.