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- DescriptionThomas Herrod knew he wanted to fly when he was an eleven-year old boy. By the time the US entered World War II in December of 1941, Herrod had already logged over two hundred flight hours before becoming an Army Air Corps cadet. One Pilot's Life chronicles Herrod's aviation career, from his military service to his successful business ventures. Often a parallel exists between his military service and peacetime careers. Flying military cargo over the treacherous skies of the Himalayas, gave Herrod flight experience that would serve him well in other aviation endeavors. As a young pilot during World War II, Herrod flew for the Air Transport Command, transporting military supplies from Assam, India, over the Himalayan Hump into China. The operation was the first twenty-four hour aerial supply line in history, and also one the most dangerous. Pilots flew at high altitudes over the world's tallest mountains in unpredictable and severe weather. The dangerous flight left a trail of wrecked planes and dead pilots across the Himalayan slopes. Herrod delivered more than cargo during the war. He flew hospital planes, transporting wounded soldiers from behind enemy lines under heavy fire. And like many young hotshot pilots, he got into trouble on his own as well, almost losing his military career for performing a slow roll around ather plane during a training exercise. Military service also offered Herrod instructional and administrative skills he transferred to civilian life. Herrod trained bombardiers in Victorville, California, and served as a B-25 flight instructor in Columbia, South Carolina, before being assigned to fly the Himalayan Hump. After his sixty-five round trips from India to China (a trip many pilots never returned from), he set up a China-Burma-India program for Rocket Airlines in Karachi that supplied the B-29s that were bombing Japan. He also acquired commercial airline experience when the military loaned him to Eastern Airlines to fly government contract flights from Miami to Natal, Brazil. Herrod took his military experience and applied it first to thirteen years in the agricultural spraying and chemical business, delivering agricultural services by both single and multiple engine aircraft. Upon leaving the agricultural business in1960, Herrod founded his Airline Pilot Training School, where he trained over one hundred pilots that were hired by the airlines. Herrod's courage, ingenuity, and business acumen shine through in One Pilot's Life, making his story essential reading for pilots, aviation buffs, veterans and businessmen.
- Author BiographyThomas Herrod knew he wanted to fly at age eleven, and took his first flight lessons at fifteen. Herrod had already logged 200 hours of flight time before enlisting as an Army Air Corps cadet at age twenty. He graduated as a second lieutenant in early 1942. Like many young pilots at the start of World War II, Herrod wanted to fly fighter planes. His contribution to the war took a different form, flying cargo and hospital planes through the dangerous Asian theater of operations. After the war, he remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1953, retiring with the rank of major. In the post-war years, Herrod ran a successful agricultural aviation business until 1960, when he founded his Airline Pilot Training School, a prestigious and high-quality school providing pilots to major airlines.
- Author(s)Thomas E Herrod
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication04/10/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight281 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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