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Lieutenant Colonel Jim Ellis, USAF (ret.) is the author of AJO 2: From Sharecropper’s Son to MIG Killer; From Two Miles Per Hour to Mach 2. The MOAA said of the book, “In this semi-autobiographical account of a USAF fighter pilot, 8-year-old Hubert watches his dirt-poor sharecropper parents pick cotton in Depression-era western Alabama. To escape the cotton fields, he joins the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and is accepted to flight-training school even though he has only a high-school education. In the Korean Conflict, he shoots down his first MIG. His combat tour in Southeast Asia results in two more MIG kills, but he is shot down over North Vietnam on his 68th mission and spends seven years as a “guest” of the North Vietnamese at the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” Repatriated in 1972, he retires from the Air Force in 1976 as a full colonel, and 20 years later, the sharecroppers’ son turns millionaire. This is the author’s story, mixed with a bit of fiction, with all its twists and turns. But the final twist is the best - living to tell about it!”

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