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Mission Statement

The mission of JRHaferAviationBlog.com is to promote aviation and preserve twentieth aviation century history. We acknowledge and affirm to the generation that was born to witness the evolution of flight from within a century of such phenomenal exponential growth of nothing short of a modern gift from our creator.

We do so attest by our generation’s witnessing the first Powered Flight December 1903 to the first manned Space travel in April 1961. Furthermore our desire is to endeavor not only to preserve and promote twentieth century historical aviation but also to foster our love for flight within the youth and support aviation education and promoting their passions for aeronautical careers.

As aviators we believe there are no borders and we treat every fellow aviator with the utmost professional courtesy and do no will harm within our scope of outreach and within this context.

Our primary concern with this website / Blog is to grow into the simplest and most interesting, and very comprehensible venue as possible. First and foremost we operate under the K-I-S-S (keep-it-simple-stupid) method. We will welcome enthusiast just as much as we do seasoned aviators and encourage their ambitions to fly.

Although we will be revenue producing endeavor we will not accept any advertising we do not think is absolutely honest and good for the consuming public, under any circumstances.

Our Mission and the total concept is to always be good for the aviation community as a whole.

JR Hafer, Founder

November 25, 2009        

 

Flight For Control

 

 

Certainly, both author Karlene Petitt and Jet Star Publishing, Inc., should be applauded for the debut novel, “Flight For Control”. Not often do we see a home run hit on the first time at bat, but folks, I’m telling you, Ms. Petitt has hit one out of the park! It is hard to believe this is her first book.

 

 

Prologues are usually dry reading at best, just background information to set the stage for the story line of the book, generally boring stuff. However, in “Flight for Control” there’s no boredom in the Prologue I assure you, “It blew my sox off!”  It was exciting, breathtaking, shocking, horrifying, and absolutely brilliant, and that was just the prologue!  

 

I feared following the build up and the crescendo-like prologue, the author would not be able to continue the pace and hold that level of intensity throughout the book. However, Ms. Petitt was able to develop her characters and weave the webs of deceptions, lies and exploits with the obvious expertise of a professional craftsman that she is.

 

I have authors who contact me regularly to review their books. I sometimes have a difficult time getting “into” their book, sometimes it takes several chapters for me to really get interested and involved, depending on how well the characters develop and how the background information is presented. Oftentimes I am bored. In Flight for Control, I was really “into this book” by the first paragraph, and I believe you will be too. I suspect you might not be able to put this book down, as I was captured and held hostage by this author myself. My old eyes were stinging and watering, and I was cross-eyed before I would stop reading this book at night. Reluctantly I would close the book to hope for morning, only to start reading again first thing.

 

 

The author’s vast working knowledge of aviation worked to her advantage, but she never let the professional jargon overwhelm the reader and was able to keep it simple without being condescending. Her love for aviation was abundantly clear though the industry’s problems in reality was good fodder for the plot and gave credibility to the fictional storyline.   

 

 

I have always said a great book must have three ingredients to be a “hit”. First, it must have airplanes; second, it must have a great plot and third, it must include sex. Folks this is absolutely a great book! I can’t wait until Karlene Petitt’s next novel is published. Between you and me, I want to read more about sexy Darby and her experiences, (grin), but Neil’s a loser… I understand there is a sequel to this book coming in the near future…

 

Flight for Control is a great read for aviation enthusiasts and non-flyers alike. If you like a grand mystery and a thriller with lots of twists and turns in the plot, then you will enjoy this book. In my opinion, Karlene Petitt is a prodigy and will learn exponentially from this first experience, and the next one will be even better. Petitt is already in the league of Nance, Coonts, Griffin, Thor and Berent. Watch for amazing things from Karlene Petitt. Read her book Flight for Control. I highly recommend it!

 

 

Book Review By JR Hafer

 

 

 

Hell Hawks

 

 

Hell Hawks is a book co authored by Robert F. Dorr and Thomas D. Jones. Mr. Dorr is an Air Force veteran of the Korean “conflict” a retired senior American diplomat and has authored over sixty books and thousands of articles for other publications and resides in Oakton, Va.(...) 

 

Hell Hawks is the story of a gaggle of young American pilots fresh from flight training back in the states that came to fly The P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber with the 365th fighter group just before D-Day June 1944. The authors bring life to the narrative and tell the story of these brave men as they fly against Hitler’s best. In this book, they give us so much emotion and drama, with a powerful sense of history steeped in rousing action. This is very a well told story about winning the war with air power and it should be told by those who understand the way it was. That it absolutely is… 

The Introduction of the voices of many pilots, ground crewmen and even the enemy, Bob Dorr and Tom Jones blend the history of the 365th Fighter Group and the destruction of that war, chronicling the Thunderbolt’s interdiction in an exciting narrative. Hell Hawks definitely brings to light the historical importance of the attacks by fighter bombers that wielded great devastation on German military forces.

 “Jabos” are attack aircraft like the USAAF Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik, and the RAF Hawker Typhoon is the term for fighter bombers or what authors Dorr and Jones, used for the German’s own coinage, for what they called them…

The P-47 Thunderbolt’s which were affectionately referred to as “Jugs” because it was a big tub of a plane and could really take a beating and from the enemy and still return it’s pilot home safely to fly again another day. In the beginning its’ mission was not generally a good comparison to the glamours P-51 Mustang.

The P-47′s outstanding pronouncement as a fighter bomber spanned thousands of missions against Hitler’s armies. But 3 battles stand out as decisive victories: 1-The breakout in Normandy, 2-The race to the Rhine, 3- The Battle of the Bulge.

A former Hell Hawk proudly states, “Our pilots never got the credit they deserved. In my opinion, going down to fifty feet, at 350 miles per hour, and putting two five-hundred-pound bombs on a Tiger tank was a greater contribution to the war effort than shooting down an Fw-190.”

Detailed accounts of exciting air action stories, “Hell Hawks!” is a interesting read, it captures your attention and won’t let you go, telling of the proud parts of victory and sad parts of defeat;  writing “All too often, they saw their planes return with bent propellers, holes in wings and fuselage, and traces of the battlefield, dirt, stones, shrapnel, branches, leaves embedded in the wings and cowling. But it was precisely the P-47′s ability to limp back to base with seemingly fatal damage that made it the ideal aircraft for ground attack.”....... read more

 

 

JR Hafer, aviation writer