I was born in eastern Arizona and brought up in Phoenix. One of five kids. My parents were from Ohio were my father worked in the aircraft industry building various parts at Goodyear in Akron. He also made many trips to the national air races in Clevland. Needless to say we were always at a airport or airshow. Spent allot of time at NAF Litchfield west of Phoenix and then Aviation Specialties at Falcon Field in Mesa. My father was in the Forest Service for 30 years and we were always around air tankers B-17,F7F,PV-2,PB4Y,TBM,etc. I served in the USAF as a crew chief on the RF-4C, and KC-135. Married to a wonder woman who tolerates me being on a computer playing with airplanes.
I've grown up around tankers my whole life. The pilots are a brave group of individuals. I've been at the base when an airtanker has gone down and these guys always elect to go back up to save lives and property. I have that book from Linc its one of the best books out there. I might have some of my pictures published in his next book.
I grew up around tankers also. My father worked for the U.S.F.S. in Arizona. Every spring we would be out at various airports as the fleet was getting tuned up for