Lieutenant Colonel Helmut H. Reda,
USAF (ret.), is a “Distinguished Graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor of science degree
in aeronautical engineering and a master's degree in business administration. He is also a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot
School. He has flown in over 50 types of aircraft ranging from balloons and gliders to seaplanes, transports, and jet fighters.
The author of articles on aerospace engineering, testing aircraft, the environment, advanced management techniques, and methods
of combating bureaucracy, he also contributed to a book on military project management.” Helmut H.
Reda is the author of the anthology Because I Fly: A Collection of Aviation Poetry.
According to the book description,
Because I Fly: A Collection of Aviation Poetry, “This book is the most complete, up-to-date
collection of aviation poetry ever published. Its sole purpose is to consolidate all of the best in aviation poetry and inspirational
verse. Helmut Reda examined over 115 books and magazines in the United States, England, Canada, France, and Australia. He
also investigated over 42,500 hits on the Internet. From his exhaustive research, 170 poems were selected covering the period
between 1869 and 2001.
This collection of poetry serves
as an exciting introduction to the experience of flight. These poems will fascinate your family and expose them to an expanded
world with new dimensions, freedoms, and even the beauty and dangers of flight. For the pilot, the poems will take your spirit
aloft to rekindle your bond with other airmen. This collection will help others understand pilots and why they do things in
a different way. If you are truly intrigued by flight, this book is for you!”
According to one reader of Because
I Fly: A Collection of Aviation Poetry, “Everyone who has experienced flight (and those who long to) can
relate to the sheer emotion that it evokes, sometimes from deep within ones soul, often pleasant, sometimes not. As you are
experiencing the sensations you may frequently be too caught up in the moment to express yourself with words, well, here they
are. Yes they are others experiences, but you will find very many which match yours close enough to be called your own. Flight
as many other "Romantic" adventures has it's way of engraving itself on your heart. These are exceptional expressions
of a wide variety of flight forms, there's something here for everyone. A must for the enthusiast’s bookshelves.”