The author's career in aviation spanned a period of thirty-seven years, six with the USAF and the rest with the Department of Defense. Most of the positions during that time were non-flying positions, except for the six years in the Air Force Training Command as a mechanic and flight engineer on B-25 aircraft engaged in pilot training.
All of the aircraft he was associated with were military aircraft, and from all the Armed Services; The Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army and Coast Guard. He had hands on experience with over twenty different military aircraft, jets and propeller driven. These included Trainers, Fighters. Interceptors, Bombers and Cargo aircraft.
The positions he held during his career were - Aircraft Mechanic on propeller driven and jet aircraft, Flight Engineer on B-25 Aircraft, Aircraft Inspector on Propeller driven and jet aircraft. Government Quality Assurance Representative at Contractor facilities that were performing overhaul and repair of Military aircraft under Government Contracts. Supervisor Government Quality Assurance Representative at Contractor facility. Chief Government Quality Management Division at a Contractor facility engaged in overhaul and repair of military aircraft under Government Contracts. QA positions required the proper interpretation and administering of the contracts provisions.
He retired from Government Service after a very rewarding career. Now engaged in activities such as painting, writing, and with his wife of fifty-five years, traveling and collecting. He has also previously published a book "All Roads Lead to Citronelle". The book describes life in Citronelle, Alabama in 1902 when the town was a popular tourist and health resort for tourists from the north. "Roads" in the book refers to railroads.
After many years working with aircraft he says he still gets a thrill when an aircraft flies overhead, even if but for a few minutes.