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Captain Weston H. Ament, USA “is a retired pilot, entrepreneur, airport manager and U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. A native of Santa Rosa, Calif., Ament studied aviation while in high school and later graduated from the Boeing School of Aeronautics. During World War II, Ament served in the U.S. Army Air Corps earning a bronze star, distinguished flying cross and air medal for his achievements. Following the war, Ament served as a commercial pilot for more than 30 years and was involved in several aviation and manufacturing businesses. Ament later worked as manager of the Calaveras County airport and performed in air shows with a plane he built himself. Ament was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award and gave flight instruction until he was 88 years old. Today, Ament still visits the airport regularly.”  Captain Weston H. Ament is the author of Memories.

According to the book description of Memories, “Weston H. Ament offers a personal history of life as an American pilot through most of the 20th century. Born in California in 1921, Ament was already drawn to airplanes and flight by the time he was in high school. A boyhood dream soon became reality with aviation studies and the onslaught of World War II. Young but uniquely skilled, Ament served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and earned a distinguished flying cross for his service in flying more than 166 missions . After the war, Ament worked at several commercial carriers before finding a home at Trans World Airlines where he would remain as a pilot for more than 30 years. After retirement, he performed in air shows in a plane he built himself and continued to give aviation instruction until the age of 88. When he finally walked away from flying, Ament had logged more than 38,000 hours in the air. Through it all, Ament maintained the cheerful perspective that comes from discovering one’s passion and pursuing it throughout life.

 

“Fewer and fewer people are still here to tell these stories,” Ament says. “I wanted to leave something behind and for my grandchildren to know who their granddad was.” Intended to entertain and appeal to fans of World War II and aviation history, the book chronicles a number of historical events from the perspective of one who was there to experience it. Moreover, the book tracks more than 70 years of aviation innovation, taking readers from propeller planes of the 1930s to the state-of-the-art jet technology of the 1990s.”

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