Jim Pearce A 20th Century Guy

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A 20th Century Guy

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A 20th Century Guy is an action packed story of one guy's experiences as he participated in the most adventuresome and exciting times of the 20th Century. Jim Pearce, the author, shares his adventures as a WWII Naval Fighter Ace, as an experimental aircraft test pilot at the dawn of jet propelled flight, as a Director of Testing Operations on the Apollo Command and Service modules that transported NASA astronauts to the moon and back, as a manufacturing executive of a water pollution contol equipment manufacturing company, as a home development project designer and manager in Costa Rica, and as a builder and aviator of general aviation aircraft for private use.

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Pearce was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 29 December, 1919. He spent his teen years growing up in Detroit, Michigan. After two years of college, he joined the U.S. Navy and got involved in WWII as a pilot. Pearce shares many stories of his involvement in this period of history along with stories of how he became a Fighter Ace. Following 15 years of flight testing, he was selected to manage testing operations for key elements of the Apollo Lunar Explorer spacecraft. He gives the reader a look behind the scenes of what was involved as this team worked to figure out how to get a man to the moon and back. At age 50 he started a manufacturing business and sold it at age 70. Not content to sit still, Perce built a ten home development in Costa Rica which he manages today. At age 87, Pearce seriously took on the challenge of writing his biography and his memoirs. Pearce continues to live in Costa Rica with frequent visits to the U.S. to visit family and friends and to attend any number of reunions held for the American Fighter Aces Association and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Pearce is a favorite among aviators and is often invited to speak at events which focus on aviation and space exploration history.

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A 20th Century Guy is about Jim Pearce, who went from the auto workers' world of Detroit to the dangerous skies over the Pacific as a Navy fighter pilot, eventually becoming an ace. Jim could have stayed on the home front working for a major auto maker, but his love of flying sent him in another direction. One that would shape him into a deadly fighter pilot, one the enemy would not return from after an encounter. His talent would land him the most coveted position in any air force, whether it was Navy, Marine Corp or Army air Forces. After the war he would go through flight testing school and become one of the Navy's top pilots and got to to fly several planes on the cutting edge of technology. Jim's years in flight testing led him into the space program and the Apollo program. After many years in the space field, he moved into the boating field where he designed hulls that would be resistant to marine life. Those worlds didn't last forever and he found himself back in the aviation field, the field that really gave him his start in the world. A world that would take him back to his combat days over the Pacific, althought this time there was no combat. How could be foreget the time when his flight of F6F Hellcat's was assigned to protect the fleet around Okinawa when a flight of Japanese Betty bombers was coming in for an attack on the fleet. In this book, Jim describes that encounter. "The ship's radar picked up a large group of aircraft approaching the task force and we scrambled to the intercept point at full throttle. We picked up the incoming raid and spotted 18 Betty bombers were flying much slower than usual and we turned into them from above." During the intense combat, Jim notices smaller airplanes hanging from their bomb bays. The mysterious aircraft turned out to be the new Japanese kamikaze Baka bombs, which were basically a hugh flying bomb with a pilot. The Hellcats managed to shoot down all of the bombers and probably saved the fleet from serious damage and loss of life. Actions like these and his subsequent travels after the war have definitely shaped him as a 20th Century Guy. A book well worth the read and highly recommended. --Ed Rusnik in the NAA Bulletin

A 20th Century Guy is about Jim Pearce, who went from the auto workers' world of Detroit to the dangerous skies over the pacific as a Navy fighter pilot, eventually becoming an ace. Jim could have stayed on the home front working for a major auto maker, but his love of flying sent him in another direction. One that would shape him into a deadly fighter pilot, one the enemy would not return from after an encounter. Although his beginnings as a pilot would be in float planes, his talent would land him the most coveted position in any air force, whether it was Navy, Marine Corp or Army air Forces. After the war he would go through flight testing school and become one of the Navy's top pilots and got to to fly several planes on the cutting edge of technology. Jim's years in flight testing would eventually lead him into the space program and the Apollo program. After many years in the space field, he moved into the boating field where they designed hulls that would be resistant to marine life. But those worlds didn't last forever and he found himself back in the aviation field, the field that relly gave him his start in the world. A world that would take him back to his combat days over the Pacific, althought this time there was no combat. how could be foreget the time when his flight of F6F Hellcat's was assigned to protect the fleet around okinawa when a flight of Japanese Betty bombers was coming in for an attack on the fleet. In this book, Jim describes that encounter. "The ship's radar picked up a large group of aircraft approaching the task force and we scrambled to the intercept point at full throttle. We picked up the incoming raid and spotted 18 Betty bombers were flying much slower than usual and we turned into them from above. During the intense combat, Jim notices smaller airplanes hanging from their bomb bays. The mysterious aircraft turned out to be the new Japanese kamikaze Baka bombs, which were basically a hugh flying bomb with a pilot. The Hellcats managed to shoot down all of the bombers and probably saved the fleet from serious damage and loss of life. Actions like these and his subsequent travels after the war have definitely shaped him as a 20th Century Guy. A book well worth the read and highly recommended. --Wilson O'Neil in American Fighter Aces and Friends

This book contains Jim Pearce' s entire life story from his birth shortly after WWI to a busy retirement 80 years later in Costa Rica. You will enjoy Jim s entire life story from childhood as the son of an auto executive during the Great Depression to his retirement. In between there are a lot of challenges, risks and flying. This is an inspirational story of a man who was exposed to more than his share of life s burdens and managed to overcome them all. As a teenager he lost his father in a fatal auto accident, thus facing his formative years without advice from a successful father. While in high school he learned to fly. After high school he studied engineering at General Motors Tech. Then with WWII under way in Europe, he joined the Navy as an aviation cadet. During three tours of duty in the Pacific, two aboard aircraft carriers, during which he fought in twelve major battles against the Japanese, he became a Navy Fighter Ace. After the war he chose work equally as dangerous as aerial combat, as a manufacturer s engineering test pilot during the dawn of jet propulsion flight, testing new military combat airplanes before they were released to the military. In the middle of this phase of his career he lost the lower half of his left leg, but connived a way to continue flight testing for seven more years. At the conclusion of his flight testing career he was selected by North American Aviation, manufacturer of the Apollo Lunar Command and Service Modules, as Director of Test and Operations. He then spent seven years in this job, as the early stages of this program were worked out to land and recover men on the moon. Upon retirement from air and space work he started a successful company named American Marine, Inc., manufacturing products devoted to water purification and cleansing. After the sale of this company, at age eighty one, he designed and built a ten home development in beautiful Costa Rica, where he now permanently resides. This is a story of the human spirit's ability to overcome disaster and survive. --Robert Sndeaker, Aviation Parts Manufacturer/Aviator

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