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Spitfire Wingman From Tennessee - My Love Affair With Flight-logo

Spitfire Wingman From Tennessee - My Love Affair With Flight

Colonel James R. Haun

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As the memoir of an aerobatic master born to fling his body through cloudbanks, Spitfire Wingman from Tennessee offers a unique birds-eye view of events and personalities of WWII and the Cold War. Encounters with Patton, Vandenberg, Yeager, Truman and Nixon are replayed with perception and wit. While jockeying P-40s, P-51s, and P-47s, he was privileged to see the war both from twenty thousand feet and as a Staff Officer at 9th Air Force HQ in Brussels. A stripped-down Thunderbolt fighter-bomber became his personal 400-mph runabout. Jim Haun took life at a run. After his mother's death just before his ninth birthday, he worked in turn as Western Union bicycle messenger for fifteen dollars a week and work-a-way galley helper on an aging Atlantic freighter. Then, as the Memphis 'Boy Wonder' who built his first airplane in 1933 by adapting a motorcycle engine, the Colonel bears nostalgic witness to historic transformations steering manned flight from art toward automated science. This gifted flyer takes you on an intimate journey from barnstormer to dog-fighter, to threading the Himalayan 'Hump', to Berlin Airlift commander, then on to Presidential Squadron leader – finally becoming Chief Pilot of MATS. Balancing dry humor with just enough technical detail to please aviation buffs, this self-revealing air-venture thunders on twelve cylinders with sky-sweeping appeal. After retirement from the Air Force in 1965, Haun spent thirty more years as beloved flight instructor, participating in air shows, and building a biplane in his garage. He died peacefully at home attended by his two sons in 2001, six months before his 90th birthday. Published by Stormwatch Press. Distributed by Big Happy Family LLC.

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Haun Jr., David Hoffman

Length:

11h 13m


Chapters

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02:10

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

30:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

31:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:27