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Final Destination: Disaster:
Final Destination: Disaster:
What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines
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
Heart-Pounding Aviation Intrigue.
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 Amazon.com
Paperback $11.69 Kindle $3.99
To hear our personal interview with
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.
Contact the author at email@example.com
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:
"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.
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.
Settles embarked on his aviation career by accident, registering late (at the
behest of his mother, Bernice) at Ball
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
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
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.
P.O. Box 151
Griffin, Ga. 30224
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: http://captbriansettles.com!
Smoke for Breakfast:
A Vietnam Combat
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
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.
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: www.CaptBrianSettles.com
Settles was a single parent,
experienced airline pilot who seemed to have it all: freedom, income and
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
parental, and financial pressures he faced, raising two sons, keeping a
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.
The Crash Detectives By Christine Negroni
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.
“Christine Negroni is a talented aviation journalist” Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson 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
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
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 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.
Paperback $11.56 Kindle $7.69
Go to: Amazon.com and
search Title or Author's Name
To hear the EAL Radio Show
interview with Patrick Smith
go to Episode 139
Eastern Air Lines by David Lee Russell
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.
The book may be ordered at Amazon.com by going to the authors name.
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