R. G. Beavers, USAF (ret.) is a “Master Navigator and twenty-year veteran of the United States Air
Force with over 5000 hours experience in the B-52D, F, G and H. He served two tours in Southeast Asia, flying out of U-Tapao
RTN Air Force Base, and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He was assigned to the 17th Bombardment Wing/34th Bomb Squadron
at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio mentioned in the episodes.
Major R. G. Beavers also initially trained with Captain (now retired Colonel, Wing Commander and
Command Pilot) Charles B. Brown. Major R. G. Beavers amassed over 2000 hours as an Instructor Navigator, and was awarded the
Masters and Doctorate of Flying Training Certificates by Air Training Command.
In bombing competition, he won the
coveted Russell Daugherty Trophy the first time it was presented. Major R. G. Beavers taught over 2,000 young lieutenant navigators
their trade, including one author, Dale Brown, who wrote such books as Flight of the Old Dog and Shadow Command.
Major R. G. Beavers is the author of Legacy: Genesis of Aviation Greatness.
According to the book description
of Legacy: Genesis of Aviation Greatness, “Over thirty years ago, a B-52H aircraft while on
a simple training mission lost all rudder and elevator control. In the early morning hours of May 30, 1974, Charlie Brown,
an evaluator pilot, managed to gain control and fly the 200+ ton craft, even though 65% of all flight control surfaces had
been lost. The odds against total failure of those systems were exceedingly high, but the odds against landing a B-52 in that
condition were higher. Yet Charlie attempted the impossible.
The construction of this remarkable airplane played a critical role. With over 85% of that B-52H
being utterly destroyed, it became an impossible situation for Charlie. The force of the landing was 13Gs. A man's eight-pound
arm under that force would weigh over a hundred pounds. A 160-pound man would weigh over a ton. Over 1,000 tons of force met
the landing gear at touchdown. The Air Force Flying Safety Board described the incident as a "fatal crash." Legacy
is the story of how something that never should have happened, did; how a flyer took a contraption that shouldn't have
flown and learned to fly it for the first time, did; and how it wasn't unique for an aviator to accomplish the impossible.”