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Final Destination: Disaster:

Final Destination: Disaster:

What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines


George Jehn

Final Destination: Disaster informs the public, for the very first time, what actually precipitated the controversial sale of Eastern Air Lines, at one time the second largest airline in the free world, to Frank Lorenzo's Texas Air Corporation, which led to its certain demise.

It is written from an eighteen-year veteran Eastern pilot insider's perspective, as the author was intimately involved in many aspects of the tumultuous events that culminated in the sale. 

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Flying Too Close

To The Sun

Flying Too

Close To

The Sun


George Jehn

Heart-Pounding Aviation Intrigue.

Electrifying Mystery.
Magic in the Air Romance.

Flying Too Close to the Sun is a mystery novel about airline pilots in the throes of serious financial problems, who discover a purported ?easy way out? of their dilemma.

Before you take off on this reading journey, you?ll want to make sure your seat belt is securely fastened due to unexpected turbulence, surprising twists, sudden turns and close calls. To Order Go to

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To hear our personal interview with
George Jehn.

George Jehn, The Author

George Jehn is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. He flew as a pilot for Eastern Airlines for approximately eighteen years, from 1970 until 1988 on the Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9 and Airbus A-300 jets.

George left Eastern to work for another large airline in 1988.  During his time at Eastern, he spent six years as an elected pilot Representative from Eastern's New York pilot base and was simultaneously a six-year Member of the Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).

The author flew for two major airlines for over thirty years and this fast-paced thriller will give you a peek behind that mysterious cockpit portal and into the personal lives of the men and women who fly you to your journey's end.

Other Information:

George was a member of the Eastern Employee Involvement Committee, and as mentioned above, their ALPA Committees.  He had his first novel published in December, 2012, entitled "Flying Too Close to the Sun." Second, nonfiction book entitled "Final Destination: Disaster. What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines" was published on October 1st, 2014.

Additionally, George has worked as an Aviation Expert Witness for a number of law firms.

Contact the author at [email protected]

"Flight For Sanity"


BKarlene Petitt

(Flight For Series Book 4)

Kathryn Jacobs is a top-ranking FAA official in charge of drone regulation. But her proposed research has exposed a nerve deep within the walls of the FAA. At the same time, her best friend, airline pilot Darby Bradshaw, is fighting to promote a safety culture at Global Air Lines. Darby was warned by many not to report, but her determination to do the right thing has manifested into a nightmare she may never escape.

Aviation safety is at stake—especially if the pilot job is eliminated.

Flight For Sanity is a thriller that reads like a mystery. But there is no mystery about the corruption behind the scenes of the world’s largest airline and within the walls of the FAA. 

The lengths to which powerful people will go to destroy these women will shock the nation. It’s time the world learns the truth, before it’s too late, and automation replaces pilots.

Truth is scarier than fiction.

"Flight For Safety" 

Global Air Lines merges with Coastal creating the largest airline in the world. In the fallout Captain Darby Bradshaw’s 4th stripes are ripped from her shoulders as she is bumped to First Officer. Leaving her Boeing behind she is checked out on the Airbus A330. Compliments of sitting reserve she has not flown for nine-months.

But when Pacific Airlines Flight 574 is found in a watery grave, a Boeing 777 crashes short of a runway, and Global Air Lines implements a ‘train yourself at home’ program, Darby decides it’s time to take action before another crash occurs. Darby tells the world, on her training blog, why the Pacific Airlines A330 crashed and all hell breaks loose. 

Forced to pull the post she is called into the chief pilot’s office and her career threatened. But when her boyfriend, a Global check airman, disappears and numerous airline incidents are covered up, Darby realizes she has stepped into the heart of a far-reaching conspiracy, where each flight has turned into a game of Russian roulette.

Karlene Petitt Biography

Karlene Petitt is an International A330 Pilot who is type-rated and has flown and/or instructed on the B744, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727 and A330. 

Petitt is a 33-year veteran of flying, and has worked for Coastal Airways, Evergreen, Braniff, Premair, America West, Guyana, Tower Air, Northwest Airlines and currently flies an Airbus for an International airline. 

She is the mother of three daughters, grandmother of seven, and holds MBA and MHS degrees. She lives in Seattle with her husband of 30 plus years, and is active in promoting safety within the airline industry, active in general aviation, speaks at schools, and supports dreamers of all ages.

Her writing career began with designing and authoring training programs for major airlines. Her education and life experiences has taken her into a multi-dimensional author writing fiction: Thrillers that read like mysteries with a touch of romance. Non-fiction: Motivation and Leadership with a touch of a memoir. An Aircraft Training Guide on the A330 is in progress. She's also writing and illustrating books for small children... coming soon.

Karlene's mission is to entertain through fiction while educating the world on aviation industry challenges. She is currently working on her PhD in Aviation with a focus on safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

See list of books Karlene has written and hyperlinks to purchase anyone of her books.

The books above are on Karlene's website for your reading pleasure.

Karlene's book can be bought directly through her website at: or if you prefer an E-book, 

go directly to Amazon to purchase.

Brian Settles is one of our own, Former Retired Eastern Captains, and one that is familiar to all of our listeners.  Brian is a Veteran and hero of the Vietnam War as well as an Author of 2 books that describe his emotional experiences that he endured while in battle.



 Fighter Pilot in Conflict With Himself:

How He Overcame War and Conquered His Personal Battles

 "When I decided to be a fighter pilot, I was incapable of comprehending the reality that awaited me flying combat missions in an unpopular war. I had just married and was barely an adult ... and yet, I had to leave my life behind to honor a commitment I had made to the Air Force to fly fighter jets."


Captain Brian H. Settles, author of Smoke for Breakfast: A Vietnam Combat Pilot’s Story, struggled as an adopted biracial orphan growing up in the segregated Midwest. He carried the burden of self doubt and perceived alienation from his youth into war with him, although he flew nearly two hundred combat missions during his tour of duty in Vietnam.  The death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hit him especially hard. "I was conflicted about the war as it was, but to see my fighter instructor pilots unmoved or mournful about the assassination of the hero of the Civil Rights movement was almost too much to cope with," Settles recalls. "I was on my own to mourn and to heal, to try to find meaning in the tragedy and possibly die in a war to which Dr. King was opposed. Meanwhile, the Civil Rights movement continued taking place thousands of miles away, and I was not a part of it, struggling to survive the war in a distant land, filled with the angst of dying a faux hero, Looking Good in a war I didn’t own. I wanted to serve my country but not in that war.”


A man under the pressure to survive combat and wrestling with the unresolved issues of his youth, Captain Settles readily admits making his share of mistakes with his spiritual anchor not holding firmly. "Men are conditioned by societal influences to seek out female attention," Settles says. "It's true that, when the cat's away, the mice will play. The option for temporary escape from the routine of war ushers in a temptation to explore the fantasies waiting under the disguise of anonymity. It produces the classic struggle between Faithfulness and Ego. A mischievous nature and a shaky faith were often a formula for drama and severe errors of judgment.


But Captain Settles, to his credit, learned from a failed marriages and subsequent broken relationships, and today he is a happily married man of God with children and grandchildren who count on him for guidance and support. He is a mentor of youth, a college professor and teaches Bible Study to teenagers at Tabernacle of Praise Church International in McDonough, Ga. "I'm most grateful and humbled by how far I've come, through the Grace and Mercy of the Lord, and all of the lessons I've learned that I have to share with others.


Author Bio

Retired airline Captain Brian Howard Settles spent the first two years of his life in a Lincoln, Nebraska orphanage.  After the adoption papers were signed by Howard and Bernice Settles, he traveled by train to Muncie, Indiana where, as a light skinned bi-racial youth, he began his journey for acceptance in the segregated neighborhoods of Muncie. Intent on greater social acceptance, young Brian Settles sought excellence in basketball and football and briefly enjoyed a standout prep career until back to back knee injuries shattered his hoop dreams.

Captain Settles embarked on his aviation career by accident, registering late (at the behest of his mother, Bernice) at Ball State University after his hopes for a basketball scholarship to the University of Colorado were dashed at the last minute. Ironically, he was talked into signing up for the drill team which meant enrolling in the Air Force ROTC program. While at Ball State, Captain Settles majored in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish and English and was enticed to enrolling in the ROTC Flight Instruction program. Proving he could walk and chew gum at the same time, upon graduation and commissioning in August 1966, he entered into U. S Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas.

Being a sports jock at heart, Captain Settles was captivated by the machismo of being a fighter pilot and chose the only fighter jet option available to him and most of his pilot training class mates, an assignment to fly as co-pilot in the F-4 Phantom jet fighter bomber, a move which got him shipped off to Vietnam for a one year combat tour at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam in August 1968. Captain Settles survived one hundred ninety-nine combat missions flying the F-4 in Vietnam, completing  his Air Force obligation as a KC- 135 refueling tanker pilot at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California and concurrently earning his Master's degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California. Captain Settles reluctantly turned down a highly coveted selection to the U.S. Air Force Academy Political Science faculty to accept employment in the fall of 1972 as an airline pilot with now defunct Eastern Airlines.

The Arab Oil Embargo of the early seventies temporarily cost Captain Settles his lofty pilot job at Eastern. With a wife and a three year old son, he served for two years in a counseling position with Rutgers University College where he was promoted to Supervisor of Counseling and appointed Assistant Dean until his recall to Eastern in August of 1976.

Thirteen years later, struggling as a single parent Dad with two sons, the would-be airline pilot was once again forced from his glamorous airline pilot career in March of 1989 when a union strike and subsequent bankruptcy shut down Eastern Air Lines permanently. Perhaps as a lark, but more so intent on keeping the For Sale sign out of the yard of his Atlanta home, with his older son a freshman at Florida A & M University and a thirteen year old at home, the tenacious Settles endured a two year cab driving adventure on the streets of metro Atlanta until fall of 1992 when he was hired by Private Jet Expeditions, an Atlanta charter jet airline.

Unstoppable in his drive to dominate his adversities and restore himself in his aviation career, Captain settles advanced to Captain on the McDonald Douglas 82 passenger jet in six months. Two years later, career storm clouds returned and Captain Settles suffered his second airline bankruptcy collapse. Once again, seeking solvency in his taxi-cab, he drove full time until he secured re-employment in 1995 with Indianapolis based ATA Airlines. In the deja vu of three airline starts, the indomitable adopted orphan from Nebraska worked his way up at ATA from Boeing 727 and 757 co-pilot to Boeing 757 Captain in five years. At the top of his aviation game, Captain Settles enjoyed four years at the pinnacle of his career before the recently amended Pilot Age 60 Rule forced him to retire in 2004.

Go to Brian’s website to see the description and to purchase both books he has have written, Smoke for Breakfast: A Vietnam Combat Pilot's Story  and his latest literary effort, Shattered Dream: A Single-Parent Airline Pilot's Story.  

Books are available thru Brian’s website:!

Signed copies. 

Kindle versions available on Amazon

Smoke for Breakfast:

Smoke for Breakfast:

A Vietnam Combat
Pilot’s Story

This book is a unique literary excursion into the private world of former airline Captain Brian Settles who flew almost 200 missions as a Vietnam combat pilot in the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

Written in the poetic language of a true wordsmith, the author invites the reader into his guts and glory world, the culture of bravery, combat flying, and what it took to endure.

The revelations about his fighter pilot existence bleed with a realism that is heaped with humanity, the challenge to excel, and survive a combat tour in an unpopular war.

In this diary style read, Settles takes readers on a graphic flight into the agony of isolation, deprivation and dying that are the bi-products of aerial combat.  In steamy detail, Captain Settles confesses his failures to overcome the temptations of infidelity thrust upon him, a child of God whose neediness to prove himself temporarily dwarfed his faith.

Settles’ in your face exposé of the surreal world of the fighter pilot oozes a sensuality that is only exceeded in its intensity by his candor.

Readers won’t find a more honest book about marital faithfulness, male ego and war.

Personally signed books available thru website:

        Shattered Dream


Dream: An Eastern Pilot’s Story

Brian Settles was a single parent, experienced airline pilot who seemed to have it all: freedom, income and a great career until an airline strike and bankruptcy shattered his existence. Readers of this creatively written, honest book about his fall from prominence and the struggle to regain his airline employment will experience the danger, parental, and financial pressures he faced, raising two sons, keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. 

Optimistic about his experience and pilot qualification, the author, as a short time lark, chose to drive a taxicab for financial survival in an upscale Atlanta community, but his overconfidence and naiveté about negotiating his way through the new airline pilot screening reality subjected him to two and a half ordeal driving three hundred miles per day, six days, at time seven, just to survive.

Ride with the author as he shares the agony of survival on the streets of Atlanta and how the experience brought him closer to God and taught him valuable life lessons that deepened his appreciation for his own humanity and what it means to be truly blessed.

This is a story of the fall from glory and the unstoppable courage it took to fight his way back into the cockpit as an airline pilot; it is an honest testament of fortitude and not surrendering to his hardships. A truly inspirational read. 


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The Crash Detectives

                              By Christine Negroni

“Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety.”
—Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson

One of The Wall Street Journal’s 3 Books Every Geek Should Read This Fall

                              The Crash Detectives

                              By Christine Negroni

A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail—leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370—and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.

In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of aviation to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and saved the day.

Deadstick Dawn By Sharon L. Menear

Deadstick Dawn
by S. L. Menear

The Belfast Agreement is about to be shattered by Operation Blue Blood. One young American stands in the way, airline pilot Samantha Starr. She is catapulted into a deadly chess match with police, assassins, and British Special Forces, all who want her dead. The fate of nine noble bloodlines depends on Samantha and a boy whose hero is a wizard.

Stranded in Scotland where she is accused of kidnapping and murder, where can she run? When a US Navy fighter pilot and a SEAL join the hunt and every choice can get her killed and start a bloody war in Northern Ireland, on whom should she rely? The line between trust and betrayal is razor sharp, and it is cut at Deadstick Dawn.

About the Author:

Sharon L. Menear worked as a water-sports model before traveling the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways. After earning her commercial pilot license, she left Pan Am and worked as a flight instructor, charter pilot, and commuter airline pilot until she acquired the qualifications for employment with a major airline. She was hired by US Airways in 1980 as the first woman pilot, bypassing the flight engineer position. She flew Boeing 727s and 737s, DC-9s, and BAC 1-11 jet airliners. She was promoted to captain after seven years as a copilot. Sharon also enjoyed flying antique airplanes, experimental aircraft, and third-world fighter airplanes. Throughout her career, she enjoyed scuba diving, powered paragliding, snow skiing, surfing, horseback riding, aerobatic flying, sailing, and riding motorcycles. Her new passion is writing aviation thrillers. The first novel in the Samantha Starr Series, “Deadstick Dawn,” won the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Thriller.

All The Stories From Here and There By Howard Meuche:

Enjoy more of Howard Meuche’s true stories from “All The Stories From Here and There” by going to visit his blog site at:

You can find out how Howard, born German and spoke fluent German ended up in “Secret

Communications” during WWII, you can find out about a stranger in Zurich and one murder story. I enjoy all of the stories and I am sure you will too.

As a world traveling, successful business man he has many interesting stories to tell. At 90 years of age he has seen many new things develop.

He is part of modernizing America through the years with his vast business experiences and companies he owned.

I say “is” because he and 4 of his lunch friends (all equally experienced in business and retired) meet with a young person each Wednesday to help develop their ideas and teach what they will need to build their own companies.

                                        All The Stories From Here and There
                                                          by Howard Meuche

This book is a potpourri of stories written over a period of time,  The stories are about places my wife and I have been, as well as situations I found myself in my travels. There are a few autobiographical stories about growing up and stories about family situations. There are also some about individuals I have known and a few about business experiences.

Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith

Cockpit Confidential written

by Patrick Smith

For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know...? How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them? Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety?  The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport? The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation? Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security? Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service?

The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate, Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

The ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.

Refreshed and vastly expanding from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.

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Eastern Air Lines by David Lee Russell

Eastern Air Lines
by David Lee Russell

Eastern Air Lines began in 1926 and last flew on January 18, 1991. Aviation pioneer Harold Pitcairn was the founder. He built airplanes and began the first carrier air mail route from New York to Atlanta under his company, Pitcairn Aviation.

In 1929, Pitcairn was sold to Clement Keys of National Air Transport for $2.5 million. Keys changed the name to Eastern Air Transport and began passenger service the next year on daily round-trips between New York and Richmond.

The airline grew, was purchased by General Motors and the name changed to Eastern Air Lines in 1934. In 1938, World War I flying ace Edward V. Rickenbacker purchased the airline, led it to become by the 1950s the most profitable airline in the United States, and took it into the jet age in the 1960s. Former astronaut Frank Borman became president of Eastern in 1975 and tried to manage the airline through the era of airline deregulation, labor union conflict, and heavy debt, ending with the sale of Eastern to Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air in 1986. The airline entered bankruptcy in March 1989, and ended service in less than two years.

David Lee Russell is the author of numerous history and action thriller fiction books. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. David then attended Naval Aviation Officer’s Candidate School in Pensacola and was commissioned as Ensign-Special Duty Intelligence.  After Intelligence training, he served as an Air/ASW Intelligence Officer in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean for Patrol Squadron Four.

After his military service, David started a long career in Information Technology with various Fortune 500 corporations. David resides in Milton, Georgia and continues his writing projects.

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