I learned to sail on Alamitos Bay at eight years. It wasn't until I reached age sixteen that I solo's in an airplane. My family was rich in culture, poor in money; no matter, Mother said I could be anything - do anything - I wanted. That gave a lot of confidence to a sickly kid with asthma.As a result I flew for forty-four years; everything from biplanes to the huge DC-10 that carried 350 passengers. There were revolutions in the Congo, wars in Laos, Vietnam, and Desert Storm I participated in as a pilot. Good times - bad times - it has all been the stuff of legend. Sometimes scared out of my wits; other times having more fun than the law allowed - seldom bored.Then there was the sailing. Little boats, big boats, around the bay, across the ocean with the same sense of excitement and adventure that I experienced with flying. Amazingly my China-born wife was at my side as we crossed to Tahiti in Quark, the 29' boat I built. (Something worked; we've been married forty-four years this June.)With the airlines a pilot must retire at age sixty. Since I quaified for a marine captain's license, I changed hats and began a whole new career delivering yachts up and down the Coast between Canada and Mexico. This continued for ten years until the writing bug insisted I put down some of my experiences for others to share.And that, ladies and gentlemen is how I've come to write Sailin' South, Maverick Pilot, volumes I, II, & III, and soon to be finished, my first fiction novel, Keeper of the Secrets - an MIA Laos yarn.
Maverick Pilot, Volume Twoby Dave Case
Props to Jets finds Captain Case once-more in the Far East; flying a WWII propeller-driven cargo plane from Hong Kong to Vietnam. The city is one of the most exciting in the World; the women the most beautiful. His flying provides excitement and challenge. It is there he meets the most beautiful of the most beautiful and she consents to be his wife. Realizing the
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Props to Jets finds Captain Case once-more in the Far East; flying a WWII propeller-driven cargo plane from Hong Kong to Vietnam. The city is one of the most exciting in the World; the women the most beautiful. His flying provides excitement and challenge. It is there he meets the most beautiful of the most beautiful and she consents to be his wife. Realizing the propeller airplane is becoming a relic he is fortunate to be hired as a DC-9 first officer by an Old China Hand who happens to be the Chief Pilot of a fledging airline destined to fly worldwide. A year later he is once more Captain Case, commanding the twin-jet hotrod of the sky. From there it’s on to the four-engine Douglas DC-8 and foreign adventures. This volume takes the reader through Captain Case’s career as it advances to the wide-body DC-10. Then misfortune strikes; federal deregulation puts the airline out of business.
Not to be undone he and his wife build a boat, sail it around the Pacific, thus fulfilling another quest. (The adventure is well-told in, Sailin’ South.)
Returning to land, Captain Case thinks his life as a pilot is finished.However, new vistas open and his life becomes that of the fly-for-hire, free-lance, go-for-it aviator. That gripping finale is for Volume III of Maverick Pilot; a read you will enjoy and not forget.
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