Lt Col Mark Novak | B-29 Doc


LT COL Mark Novak spent 27 years serving in the USAF and ANG, piloting the B-1 Lancer and KC-135, but when he retired, he didn’t stop flying. Today, with over 8,600 flying hours, he’s still racking up more flying the nearly 80 year old B-29 named “Doc” – one of […]

Haden “Gator” Fullam | A-10 Pilot | Afghanistan

USAF Maj Haden “Gator” Fullam is the commander and pilot of the Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team, but there’s much more to this story than just flying airshows. He earned his stunt pilot skills by flying combat missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Jim Horsley | Blue Angels Pilot | 1980-81

He fell in love at first sight with a sleek fighter jet. And that infatuation led Jim Horsely’s aviation career to quickly advance as he fought the NVA in north Vietnam, performing harrowing missions and narrow escapes while many of his friends didn’t. Back in states, he was accepted into […]



“Remember the past, but move forward.” Combat aviator, Rick Hartnack, returns to North Vietnam 40 yrs later to meet those he fought against. Inspired by fleets of jets taking off from his local airport and Word War II war stories from his neighbors, Rick Hartnack was inspired to pursue aviation […]

Jim Kraft USN F-4 Phantom


Just weeks before getting his pilot wings, Jim Kraft got word that the Squadron he was supposed to report to in Vietnam was destroyed. Reassigned to the Naval Missile Center Point Mugu, the new orders he received changed the course of his life in a very unexpected way. BONUS MATERIAL […]

Mike Shears USN Vietnam/Tonkin Gulf


Mike was inspired to fly when he was just a kid watching the Blue Angels perform. It grabbed him. He pursued Naval aviation, endured the difficult training and danger associated with it, and successfully qualified in the E2C Hawkeye by age 22. His 1979 deployment took him to the South […]