Matthew “Mathe” Stone and Jonathon “Finn” Finley, friends from different backgrounds, find a common desire to challenge their world in the extreme, seeking Tall Air.
Against their hilarious and frightful missteps as teenagers, through first loves, to their struggle to survive Naval Air combat in Vietnam, they couldn’t have done it without each other. Explore the best and the worst in them in their razor blade-edged odysseys.
Matthew Stone is the spirit of the 1960s—gamey, inventive, turbulent, wild, and smart, even in his buttoned-down and irreverent military fighter pilot world.
Read the horror, sadness, and exhilaration of Jonathon Finley’s father’s remarkable WWII reflections of B-29 air combat and how it shapes and prepares both young men to fight for the coin flip in their NAVAIR combat roller coaster in Vietnam—life, love, loss, and death.
Thrilling, tragic, and funny in the extreme, Tall Air is highly readable and an irresistible and authentic account of an extraordinary friendship. Join Mathe and Finn, in their heroism and sacrifice, as they reach for Tall Air throughout their lives. It will make you proud.
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About the Author
D. Stuart White is an author, business development consultant, entrepreneur, consumer behavior analyst, commercial pilot, lacrosse coach, and lifelong aviation and military history buff. White contributes to a variety of publications.
He is best known for his in-depth organizational development case studies and articles that include the lessons learned from military aviation personnel transitions to corporate environments. His flight experience includes PIC flight time in various corporate, civil and military aircraft.
He is a Michigan State University graduate, served as a naval officer and lives in Bloomfield, Michigan with his wife, Ann.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The War Never Stops—It Just Drips On You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Mormon Tabernacle Choir/From Carousel
One: The Two-Headed Coin Burdens Carried “Father and Son” – Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Two: California Boy – The Hardening and Softening “Here Comes the Sun” – Beatles
Three: Limits and Mastery A Mother’s Pain “I’m Eighteen” – Alice Cooper
Four: Water Tower Boys Death Zone Explorers “Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
Five: Insecure Moments Walking a Razor Blade into Adulthood “Going Up the Country” – Canned Heat
Six: Flight Dreams Seeking Tall Air “Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire
Seven: Memories Stashed But Not Forgotten WWII Reflections – David Finley “Father and Son” – Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Eight: ‘Our Gal’ Puts on Her Clothes WWII Reflections – David Finley “Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman
Nine: Surviving the Hump WWII Reflections – David Finley “Moonlight Serenade” – Glenn Miller
Ten: Starduster’s Struggle WWII Reflections – David Finley “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” – Glenn Miller
Eleven: Commitments “Don’t Get Sloppy with Your Lives.” “Suzie Q” – Creedence Clearwater Revival “Midnight Rider”
– Allman Brothers
Twelve: Wives/Girlfriends Maddy’s Irreverent Tribe “Under My Thumb” – Rolling Stones
Thirteen: Hover Boy to Pointy End Driver Arrogant Snarls “Don’t Worry Baby” – Beach Boys
Fourteen: “Fast in the Groove” (FIG) “Long Cool Woman” – The Hollies
Fifteen: Finding Home Green Eyes “Do You Believe in Magic” – Lovin’ Spoonful
Sixteen: Tall Air An Unlikely Gun Fighter “Street Fighting Man” – Rolling Stones
Seventeen: Stitched The Fuzz Buster Save “Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
Eighteen: Face Curtain Calls Riding the Rails “Chain of Fools” – Aretha Franklin
Nineteen: Sucking River Mud “Run Through the Jungle” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Twenty: The Kamikaze Save “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” – Animals
Twenty-One: One Ton’s Pay Back The Coin Flip “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
Twenty-Two: True Blues
“Adagio for Strings” – London Philharmonic Orchestra
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