Sunday, July 12, 2015
Book Review: Flying Low
Brian entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in Pensacola, Florida, and became a carrier-qualified jet pilot at age twenty. As an aviator Brian flew 3,669 hours in thirteen different types of aircraft, he made 652 carrier landings including 163 night traps and flew 183 combat missions during the Vietnam War. Bryans was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and thirteen Air Medals. He went on to command Attack Squadron 35 aboard USS Nimitz.
Bryans earned a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Operations Research & Systems Analysis. He also served as aide to Vice Admiral Blackburn, the Senior Member of the United Nations Armistice Commission in Korea, an aide to the Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet and Chief of Special Studies for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bryans retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain.
This is a very good read, all 284 pages. Captain Bryans flew off the USS Ticonderoga, Coral Sea, Constellation, America and the Nimitz.
There is plenty of action as the readers ride along on the various missions over Vietnam. Bryans details his flights, camaraderie and life events aboard ship. He takes us through his life in the Navy from training, flying, and time spent working in the pentagon.
I am looking forward to reading more of Bryans work. I read Those '67 Blues and next up will either be the Flying Lucky series or Dog Robbers and Flight to Redemption.
Check out his other books at http://brianbryans.com/