When Penguins Flew and Water Burned

This is the story of a USAF navigator’s journey from Air Training Command to nuclear alerts of the Cold War to combat in Desert Storm. It details the last days of Strategic Air Command,the early days of Air Combat Command and the military drawdown of the 1990s. Jim Clonts puts the reader in the B-52 cockpit,a crucible where aviators learn the true nature of character, conscience and mortality.

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Words: 150,020
Language: English
ISBN: 9780557624010
About Jim Clonts

Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1966, Jim Clonts graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1988. As a B-52G Stratofortress navigator-bombardier, he flew ten combat missions in Operation DESERT STORM. During his nearly ten years of active duty service he amassed over 2,500 flying hours in the B-52G and H bombers, including 130 combat hours, and was awarded the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait and Kuwaiti Liberation Medals, Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, and the National Defense Service Medal. Jim left the service in 1998 and is currently working in the field of engineering. He is a Civil Air Patrol pilot and enjoys building experimental aircraft when he is not writing.

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