Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Stand Well Clear: More Adventures in Military Aviation

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Stand Well Clear: More Adventures in Military Aviation

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Stand Well Clear: More Adventures in Military Aviation by D. K Tooker. Naval Institute Press ( http://www.usni.org/press/press.html), 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5034, 2003, 192 pages, $28.95 (hardcover).

Author D. K. Tooker, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, served for 25 years, participated in significant combat events, and accumulated many accolades during his career, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He also wrote The Second-Luckiest Pilot (Naval Institute Press, 2000). Stand Well Clear, his more recent book, is a collage of 19 adventures of flyers. Using a credible, easy-to-understand writing style, Tooker focuses on both aviation and the Airmen who flew the missions. Because he actually experienced many of his stories, he writes from a unique vantage point. From nearly running out of fuel in a supersonic jet to commuting in a Cessna 150, he offers a wide array of flying experiences. Some of the tales teach lessons to up-and-coming flyers; others provide proof of the old saying "better to be lucky than good. …

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