June 25, 2018
This book is about aviation history, the pilot, and behind the scenes of the air traffic control-ler. It starts with the Wright brothers and covers the early days of the airplane manufactur-ers, airplanes, the beginning of airmail and air traffic control, pilot hero's during war, test pilots, the jet age, X (experimental) airplanes, the century series jets, and the first jet airlines, and into outer space.
I write about my air force service, 1955-1959, working in the control tower at Edwards AFB, then with the FAA, working in the towers at Indianapolis, Lansing, Kansas City Internation-al, Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW), the FAA Headquarters in DC and returned to DFW.
After retirement, I was a contractor supporting the FAA needs. I worked at the FAA head-quarters and I supported the air traffic control Futuristic Branch.
I retired in 2013, after a while I decided to write notes about my experiences to leave to my family. Then I had some question to come to mind. After I did some research, I decided that I had a story and I felt like it needed to be shared with others; so, I decided to write this book. I wrote about my vision into the future. Originally each decade was a chapter, so I did some research to do a corresponding fun facts for that decade. I decided to change the books format; but I liked the fun facts and I did not want to delete them. I dropped them all down to the end of the book. I hope you enjoy.
It all started for the author after a seventeen-year-old boy could not find any directions to a future. He decided to join the air force, 1955-1959, he was fortunate to find a Tech School in air traffic control (ATC), at Biloxi, MS. He then was assigned to work in the control tower at Edwards AFB, California. Edwards (EDW) is an airplane test base and this was during the jet age, the race to space, during the cold war, and the seven original Astronauts. In 1960, I joined the FAA to continue in ATC until 1990. Then after being a contractor for the FAA, I retired in 2013. My wife, Beverly, and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. Our immediate family all live around us or are in higher schooling on temporary basis.