I'm not a flyer, but I always wanted to be. I can't remember why I failed the aviator's written test the air force sergeant gave me back in 1967, right after I'd graduated from the University of Florida. I thought I'd done well. So I became an air force information officer instead. That was during the Vietnam War.
But I always kept my interest, eventually getting to write a book about fighter pilots in Vietnam, Scream of Eagles,
which came out in 1990 -- just before the Gulf War.
A lot had happened in fighter aviation since the late 1960s and early 1970s, the period I had concentrated on in the book. I...