I learned to sail on Alamitos Bay at eight years. It wasn't until I reached age sixteen that I solo's in an airplane. My family was rich in culture, poor in money; no matter, Mother said I could be anything - do anything - I wanted. That gave a lot of confidence to a sickly kid with asthma.
As a result I flew for forty-four years; everything from biplanes to the huge DC-10 that carried 350 passengers. There were revolutions in the Congo, wars in Laos, Vietnam, and Desert Storm I participated in as a pilot. Good times - bad times - it has all been the stuff of legend. Sometimes scared out of my wits; other times having more fun than the law allowed - seldom bored.
Then there was the sailing. Little boats, big boats, around the bay, across the ocean with the same sense of excitement and adventure that I experienced with flying. Amazingly my China-born wife was at my side as we crossed to Tahiti in Quark, the 29' boat I built. (Something worked; we've been married forty-four years this June.)
With the airlines a pilot must retire at age sixty. Since I quaified for a marine captain's license, I changed hats and began a whole new career delivering yachts up and down the Coast between Canada and Mexico. This continued for ten years until the writing bug insisted I put down some of my experiences for others to share.
And that, ladies and gentlemen is how I've come to write Sailin' South, Maverick Pilot, volumes I, II, & III, and soon to be finished, my first fiction novel, Keeper of the Secrets - an MIA Laos yarn.
Maverick Pilot, Volume Three
Freight dog to freelance, is flying freighters around the world. Then, becoming an independent international instructor, a test pilot, and the director of flight operations for a flag carrier in the Pacific. It's all PG rated, just a bunch of hangar-flying stories. It's a grand run I'm sharing with you. One that allowed me to taste many of the flavors life offers; for that I'm forever thankful.
Maverick Pilot, Volume Two
Props to Jets, volume two takes me from Honolulu to Hong Kong (where I met and married Vickie.) Flying a dc-3 round trip, once a week to Vung Tau and Cam Ranh bay during the war. I then hired on to fly jets with overseas national airways, a growing supplemental airline. Before deregulation put the airline out of business I learned how to span oceans carrying passengers and cargo.
Maverick Pilot, Volume One
Minnow to mercenary, volume one, tells of learning to fly, dealing with engine failure, smuggling seafood off beaches in Mexico and going to jail, flying corporate, fighting in the Congo, timber spraying, getting shot at in Laos, and Vietnam. Captain Case’s destiny was life-on-the-edge adventure.
With sextant, sumlog, and a lot of luck the author and his wife set sail in quark, the 29’ sloop they built from a hull-and-deck to chase the sun. There was plenty of fun and excitement as King Neptune toyed with little quark. A few life-long friendships were forged along the 14,000 mile odyssey. Columbus was right; the earth is round.
Keeper of the Secrets
Sergeant Moses Running Deer takes a leave from the Corp to work for a civilian company in Laos. When he is missing in action (M.I.A.) He becomes a pawn in a game beyond his understanding. As a prisoner he devises a plan to let America know about the M.I.A.s being denied their existence by a corrupt government agency. Keeper of the secrets involves efforts to let America know he and others exist.
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