Our gifts

You never know whenSomeone once told me that giving to causes was one of the most wonderful things we do and it made us feel great. Another person, an astronaut friend, reminded me today that people contact trumps all.


2 responses to “Our gifts

  1. Just finished 15 minutes (Dad, who’d been a B-47 pilot out of Dyess & Lincoln, ’55-’64, sent to me).

    Can I suggest some blog posts on:

    (a) Why you didn’t cover the ’68-’92 period at all, including the B-1A, B-1B, and B-2 development, w/ emphasis on who re-championed bombers after McNamara’s establishment of missile pre-eminence.

    (b) Your coverage of the lost nuke on an A-4 Skyhawk in ’65 was kind of thin as to the whys & hows. One passage seemed to indicate it was over deep sea and everything (pilot, plane, nuke) were impossible to retrieve. A later passage suggests it was in port (50-75 feet of water, surely recoverable) and makes no mention of a pilot (why would a pilot be in the plane when it’s on the elevator?).

    • Thanks for the email. The book actually ends in 1968 with an epilogue thru 1992. It is true that nukes were later flown on SAC aircraft but they were indeed removed in 1968. I have made note of your comment and the paperback edition will say that this book ends in 1968.

      I reread my comments on the A4 and they seem ok to me. The aircraft was on the elevator and the pilot was (amazingly) in the cockpit as it was brought up to the flight deck only to be tossed into the deep Pacific.Some heart wrenching comments about seeing the helpless aviator try to get out and then smoke rose as the it sank and that was that. I admit — this could be PR pablum but I can only go as far as I feel comfortable and multiple reports say he was in the plane on the elevator.

      The point about the porting of the aircraft carrier was that nukes were not to be on ships that ported in Japan.

      Tanks for reading the book. A lot of the raw documents used as source material and declassified for this book are on scribd under aviationheritagepress.


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