Elm Grove Publishing
From the Prairie to the Pacific is the story of one man’s journey from rural North Dakota to the cockpits of US Navy jet fighters and ultimately Captain of a flagship aircraft carrier.
Gil Rud flew combat missions over Vietnam in A-7 Corsair II aircraft before taking command of his own squadron. His success as a naval aviator led to the ultimate reward—“Boss” of the world-famous Blue Angels aerobatic display team, overseeing their successful transition to the F/A-18 Hornet.
Gil Rud reflects on his experiences and emotions as a husband and father—as well as a pilot and an “officer and a gentleman.” His stories of triumph and tragedy, from nights on the flight deck to nights on the town—and the loss of close friends—reveal deep feelings, great insight and a wonderful sense of humor, as well as meticulous attention to detail.
414-pages, illustrated with over 50 black and white personal photographs
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From the Prairie
to the Pacific
“...honest, insightful, and unforgettable... strap in!”
—Kevin Miller, Author of the Raven One trilogy
“From farm boy to naval aviator to Blue Angel and carrier captain... a fun, funny, moving, and exciting adventure! A must read!”
—Nicholas A. Veronico, Author of Hidden Warbirds
“When it comes to a book, this one is the Boss of a military man...”
— Jeff Kolpack, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
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