Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit

Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit


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From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and crucial lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.

Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara—who has twenty-four years’ experience in flying missions around the world—provides keen and eye-opening insights on success and failure, and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn.

He provides twelve essential lessons based on his wartime experience and his own personal photographs from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501181672
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 208,215
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

For twenty-four years Mark Hasara operated one of the Air Force’s oldest airplanes, the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. His career started during the Reagan Administration, carrying out Strategic Air Command's nuclear deterrent mission. Moving to Okinawa Japan in August 1990, he flew missions throughout the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. His first combat missions were in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a Duty Officer in the Tanker Airlift Control Center, he planned and ran five hundred airlift and air refueling missions a month. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mark spent seven years at Rockwell Collins in engineering, designing and developing military fixed and rotary wing aircraft cockpits. Mark became a full-time author and defense industry consultant in 2014.

Rush Limbaugh was the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show—the nation’s highest-rated talk radio program, with an audience of more than twenty-five million—and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, Rush Revere and the First Patriots, Rush Revere and the American Revolution, Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner, and Rush Revere and the Presidency. Visit RushLimbaugh.com and RushRevere.com. He died in 2021.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rush Limbaugh xi

Author's Note xv

1 Drinks for PooBah's Party 1

Lessons from the Cockpit: Courage 16

2 Klaxon! Klaxon! Klaxon! 19

Lessons from the Cockpit: Discipline 31

3 European Liaison Force (ELF) One 33

Lessons from the Cockpit: Culture 40

4 Brute-Force Disconnect 41

Lessons from the Cockpit: Humor 46

5 Haze Gray and Under Way 49

Lessons from the Cockpit: Knowledge 60

6 Cross-Border Operations 63

Lessons from the Cockpit: Teamwork 75

7 The Longest Night 77

Lessons from the Cockpit: Satisfaction 86

8 The Kim CAPs 89

Lessons from the Cockpit: Flexibility 99

9 Korean Air Flight 801 101

Lessons from the Cockpit: Compassion 107

10 Combat Employment School 109

Lessons from the Cockpit: Failure 119

11 Clear and Visibility Unlimited 121

Lessons from the Cockpit: Patriotism 129

12 "The Lick" 131

Lessons from the Cockpit: Joy 151

13 No Plan Survives 153

Lessons from the Cockpit: Resilience 171

14 Hawg Drag 173

Lessons from the Cockpit: Inspiration 182

15 Fuel Elevator 183

Lessons from the Cockpit: Initiative 190

16 10 Air Force Is Conning the Ship 191

Lessons from the Cockpit: Opportunity 207

17 Six Weeks in Hell 209

Lessons from the Cockpit: Motivation 222

18 Release the Hounds 223

Lessons from the Cockpit: Vision 234

19 The Pig Pen 237

Lessons from the Cockpit: Innovation 250

20 The Jump into Bashur 253

Lessons from the Cockpit: Organization 265

21 Cyrus Crosses the Sinai 267

Lessons from the Cockpit: Trust 273

22 Killbox 88 275

Lessons from, the Cockpit: Relationships 292

Epilogue 295

Acknowledgments 301

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