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Harold Wade

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Captain Harold Wade, USAF (ret.) “was born in the Depression year of 1930 and grew up in Northeast Georgia after moving from South Carolina at age seven. WWII had ended just before high school was completed. After initially serving in the enlisted ranks of the USAF, an opportunity for pilot training by way of the aviation cadet program was seized upon.  Pilot training was completed and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant began a thirteen-year stint as a fighter pilot, flight instructor, and maintenance flight test pilot. Those jobs resulted in many varied aspects of flying high performance aircraft, some of which were supersonic.


After leaving the Air Force, residence was taken up in Summerville, South Carolina, on the coast, near Charleston, with wife Kathy and four sons. A small business, specializing in marine electronics, was established and operated until recently. Flying was continued by working on weekends with the local airport operator, the Civil Air Patrol and as partner in a Cessna 172.”  Captain Harold Wade is the author of Cold War Fighter Pilot.

According to the book description of Cold War Fighter Pilot, “covers experiences leading up to USAF pilot training for the author and then describes in considerable detail the flight training and a variety of experiences that are intended to explain what military pilots do as well as how and why they do it. Technical terminology is minimized or explained, yet enough of it is included to give the reader an idea of the complexity of the job. The author logged over 3,000 hours as a USAF fighter pilot, instructor pilot and maintenance fight test pilot, much of it in supersonic aircraft.”

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