A Fighter Pilot's Story

An Inspirational Journey From Failure to Success

by Mark Laverdiere

Copyright 2011 Mark Laverdiere

Smashwords Edition

Version 2011.10.000001

Photos by Mark Laverdiere

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This is the story of my life as a Fighter Pilot, with all the failures and successes I experienced that were required for me to ultimately achieve my dream of flying jets. As I sit down to write this book, I reflect upon the great number of things that occurred along the way, which at the time seemed quite unpleasant, but I now realize were all required to bring me to the point of writing this book. I can honestly say I am thankful for living through each and every one of those unpleasant experiences because everything in my past - the good, the bad, and the ugly - has molded me into the person I am today.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve my country as an Air Force Pilot for 20 years. Better yet, I have had the opportunity to learn from, and train with, some of the best Fighter Pilots in the world. During that time I have come to realize that it is not always what happens in the air that defines a great Fighter Pilot; rather, a majority of our success comes from how we deal with life's challenges on the ground as well. I decided to write this book so I could share this perspective as a man, a husband, a father, and a Fighter Pilot.

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