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Albert S.J. Tucker Jr.

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Colonel Albert S.J. Tucker Jr., USAF (ret.) “Flew P-38's in World War II and super-sonic jet fighters for a career in the United States Air Force. Began the story of the Pacific Clipper as a screen play and was urged to write the book by his daughter Kathryn. Tucker interviewed many of the participants including the pilot, Capt. Bob Ford. The entire project spans 10 years. Still flying at 82 years old, Tucker is on a mission to edify Pan Am and tell the story of Bob Ford's remarkable round the world flight.” (flyingclippers.com) Colonel Albert S.J. Tucker Jr. is a co-author of Pacific Clipper: The Untold Story.

 

According to the book description of Pacific Clipper: The Untold Story, “a new book by Albert S.J. Tucker Jr. and Matthew W. Paxton IV with Eugene J. Dunning, recounts the exploits of Captain Bob Ford and crew of a Pan American Airways flying boat that had to circumnavigate the globe in 1941 just after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The flight was a thirty-four day ordeal. It took over 31,000 miles, 3 oceans, 5 continents, 12 nations, 22 landings, and crossed the equator 4 times.

They had no airways to follow, had to use bad fuel, had no spare parts. They had engine failures, were nearly shot down, and made numerous overloaded takeoffs. With few air navigation aids, Ford was still able to employ precision celestial air navigation. Captain Ford and crew accomplished the impossible and made aviation history. Four years of research and writing, this incredible and absolutely true story of the Pacific Clipper is a tribute to the greatness of Pan Am, her crews, and is worthy of a Cecil B. De Mille epic movie!”

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