In war, it takes tough men to lead survivors; and the strongest survivors eventually become leaders themselves, leading yet another pack of survivors. So on and so forth it goes, new leaders are madeleaders who are willing to do anything for their country. And it all starts by being taken under the wing of a patriot.
During a milestone era in the fighter business, Jim Ryan was surrounded by the most influential fighter pilots who left an unprecedented mark in history.
He went from aviation cadet pilot out of high school to squadron commander of the 358th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) before making colonel. His Air Force career spanned nearly 30 years through sitting nuclear alert in Europe to 377 combat missions in Vietnam as a forward air controller with the 1st Cavalry, a Hobo Sandy, and squadron commander of the 358th TFS (Lobos).
Noted as one of the most knowledgeable men in the Air Force on operations in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War while at the Pentagon, Col. Jim Ryan was led by the best and led the best.
It's the true inspirational story of a boy who soars from meager beginnings in Eastern Oklahoma to USAF fighter pilot during a diverse and dynamic time in America
|Publisher:||Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Shane Allen is a journalist and historian. As a past newspaper owner, editor, and publisher who grew up in the outdoors of Southwest Oklahoma, his gritty yet simple writing style make a unique and eloquent read spoken in the words of a true country boy. He resides in North Texas with his wife of twenty years and two children.
Table of Contents
The Makings 17
The F-86 61
Changing Squadrons and Planes 95
Ocean Crossing 127
Crew Chiefs and Commanders 135
Doc Ryan and William Tell 145
Army Helicopters 155
Going to Vietnam 173
FAC in SEA 185
358th TFS 209
Moving Up 219