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Posted January 6, 2013
I have the pleasure of personally knowing these truly unique individuals. I have only begun to read their story. It takes off and soars from the beginning!!
A MUST read for all.
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Posted December 3, 2013
Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
Real love, courage, and grief burn through the pages of this memoir. Naval aviator William Orr and his long-time, loving wife Fran show bravery and vulnerability in Love at First Flight: Adventures, Exploits, Risks, Sacrifices and Rewards. Retired Captain "Bud" Orr gets his Wings of Gold in the Navy and his heart of gold with Fran. Bud enjoys and endures many heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping experiences as a jet pilot.
But not all of Bud's time is spent in the cockpit or on the flight deck. There is carousing and story-telling in the officer's club. Bud Orr wakes up, hung over, to the sloppy and smelly kisses of his pet Boo-dog. He tries to shake off the disappointments and mistakes of his first marriage. Then a lovely rose comes along for a blind date and the rest is history with the "good Navy wife" Fran.
William Orr and his wife Fran alternate writing this passionate memoir. Fran rises from dust-bowl poverty and a chaotic migrant farmer's life. She becomes a successful boutique business owner in her own right. The couple shares their sexual intimacy, deep love, and their human conflict. Terms of aviation were not an obstacle but a highlight to the memoir. There is also a glossary of colorful and technical terms at the close of the book. The heartbreaking loss of life in the air, water, and aboard aircraft carriers was sudden and shocking. The story doesn't shy away from the couple's personal flaws and this realism makes William and Fran Orr's Love at First Flight instantly attractive.