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AVIATION STORIES BY PILOTS WHO SHOULD BE DEAD 

 

This collection of near-death stories by private pilots, fighter pilots, airline pilots, bush pilots, air traffic controllers, and combat crews shines a spotlight on the bravery and ingenuity of men and women in aviation who stood up to the Grim Reaper when he came a’knocking at death’s door. You’ll be transported right into the middle of these forthright accounts, some deadly serious, some amusing, but always true.

EXCERPT

Chapter 12

 

Fireball

 

HOW I GOT my nickname is not a great mystery. In the space of about an hour one night, I smashed an F-8 Crusader to bits on the ramp of the USS Shangri-La, got hurled into the ocean, and was rescued by the crew of a destroyer. By all rights, my evening of adventure should have reduced me to fish chum. I certainly didn’t escape that outcome by any skill or cunning on my part.