Michael was born and grew up in the Gauteng province of South Africa. He completed his schooling at the Springs Boys High School and, after leaving school, began an apprenticeship with South African Airways as an Aircraft Technician. Showing an above average aptitude for aircraft engines and airframes he completed the normal five year course in just three and a halve years of which nine months were spent with the South African Airforce on national service. During this apprenticeship he studied at the Witwatersrand Technical College and obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
Shortly after qualifying, he moved to the Design Drawing Office and spent four creative years putting the thoughts and dreams of Maintenance Engineers into practice.
His next move was to the high profile Flight Performance Engineering division of South African Airways. This opened the opportunity to study at the Boeing Company. On one of his business trips a casual conversation with a Concorde pilot and a brilliant Airbus Aeronautical Engineer, led him to define and implement the Reduced Thrust Take-off (Flex-Thrust) adopted by South African Airways in 1979.
Computers then became his focus. Exposure to all aspects of business computing; programming, system design, operations, database design and administration provided a solid grounding for implementing SAP computer systems both nationally and internationally. At present he holds the position of a SAP Business Consultant for the iServe Company, specializing in the implementation and development of business solutions using SAP software.
Michael is married to a loving and supportive wife, Marieta. They have three fantastic children and five amazing grandchildren.
During 1944 of WWII, central Italy’s railroad junctions and bridges were the targets of Allied Spitfire dive bombers. Their accuracy was formidable. The story is about a seventeen-year-old German gunner at one of the bridges.
The Spitfire IX flew dive-bombing operations in the WWII Italy campaign. Each pilot developed a method for diving and aiming. Pilots blacked out, bombs failed to release and needed shaking off. Some targets were difficult to locate and destroy. Ack-ack was heavy. The one rule was never to go lower than 1000 feet before releasing the bomb. This story tells of one such operation.
Fred knew the book he needed. Knew exactly where it was in the reference section of the library. During the break in the open-book examination he rushed to the library to make notes of the formula and a quick sketch of the design. The unexpected events that followed shocked Fred who soon found that the local library was more than just a building that housed books for reference and borrowing.
…the unnatural magnetic storms in the Blyde River Canyon caused severe fires yesterday. Fanned by high winds, they destroyed most of the reserve. To date there has been no report of loss to human life but many animals perished in the fires. The military have the area locked-down and all humans evacuated. We have no communication with the area…this destruction must be stopped.
Jenny Ashken resorts to alcohol and drugs to obliterate a fateful accident. While in a semi-conscious drug state a young man befriends her, triggering her need to return to reality and face the real world. Will she be able to put the fragments of her appalling life back together and go clean in a manipulative world of law enforcement and narcotics?
...On his way out Mat switched off the hangar lights. Black! The world turned black! There was no light anywhere. Not even the stars could be seen; they too seemed to have been switched off with the same switch... He suddenly felt the weirdest sensation; he was not alone. Somewhere behind and to his left was someone or something else...
It is often said that surprise in battle accomplishes results. When both sides are equally surprised the results will be unpredictable. A miraculous outcome is achieved by the side that has the most luck and extraordinary foresight as in "The Bf 109 Capture".
During World War II fighter pilots were, at times, detailed to perform out-of-the-ordinary operations. "Duck Hunting in a Hurricane" was an event that resulted in just such an operation in order to recover the Hurricane and bring back the ducks.
When Sheelah Kenny announced her intended divorce from her cheating husband her Granny, Maura Kenny, was distraught. There will be no divorce in the Irish Catholic Kenny family! He can be killed but not divorced! Plans, by Maura Kenny and her grandson Liam Kenny, were swiftly put in place to get rid of the philandering Neal Coleman.
Liam Kenny noticed Jenny the moment she entered the crowded Irish pub. He was fascinated by the constant movement of her expressive pale hands. Then, when she moved onto the stage and began to sing, he was totally overwhelmed by her passion and dark sad beauty. Who was she? Liam Kenny needed to know but was his timing ever going to be right?