Is that Something the Crew Should Know?: Irreverent Anecdotes of an Air Force Pilot

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Forty years ago in 1962, President Kennedy had one big headache and the world held its breath during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Meantime, the author was flying in huge B-52 bombers across the atlantic. Did the crews know there were thermonuclear devices on board? Did they also know that there was no effective brake on procedures once the coded attack signal was given? Did they heck. They just held the start of World War III in their hands. A fact which gives eerie radiance to the recommendation made by General Orvil Anderson of the Air Force War College, to bomb the soviets "not tomorrow, but tonight . . . " Read Major Don Clawson's anecdotes - some serious, some hilarious - about life in the US Air Force as a pilot and instructor, and decide which is more complicated - politics or flying?

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Don Clawson grew up in North Hollywood, California. After Service in the Army Air Forces during WW11, he returned to Parks Air College of Aeronautical Technology of St. Louis University and graduated in 1947 with a B. S. Aviation Operations. Completed USAF pilot school in 1954. He flew B-25, B47 and B-52 aircraft. He left the USAF in 1965 for a short stint with United Airlines. Returned to duty in 1967 and flew 122 combat missions in the EC-121 in Vietnam. After retiring in 1973 he spent 16 years with GTE Government Systems as an intelligence analyst. He lives in Morgan Hill, California with his wife Dolores and near his 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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