Lieutenant Commander George Sigler,
USN was a “pilot in the U.S. Navy. He served in Vietnam flying the A-3 carrier based jet. He became
interested in ocean survival while in the navy, and because of his concern of the number of persons who died at sea, he developed
a survival kit. He enlisted the navy's help in doing the medical research, and decided to test the survival kit by sailing
across an ocean. Today Mr. Sigler owns a small air carrier which is involved in fire fighting and animal research with the
Department of Interior.” Lieutenant Commander George Sigler is the author of Experiment in Survival.
According to the book description of
Experiment in Survival, “George Sigler was a Navy pilot who flew his A-3 jet in Vietnam and
later flew - you could almost say barnstormed - it in Europe. Never a stickler for regulations, he set out to establish the
world's record for the longest non-stop, single piloted, carrier based aircraft flight - without Navy permission - of
course. Flying from Spain to San Diego he was prepared for the worst from the Navy. But by the time he arrived, they changed
their minds and welcomed his feat with fanfare. He was their man! This was to be a precursor for his future experiment in
crossing the Pacific.
During his Navy time, and later as
a civilian ferry pilot, he gave a lot of thought to the best approach to sea survival. Surviving a ditching of a small Cessna
at sea gave more focus to his project.
He and a fellow Navy Reservist, Lt.
Charlie Gore set out in a life raft from San Francisco with no water, and only 6 pounds of food, for Hawaii. They believed
they could save the lives of future castaways if they took a scientific approach to the problems of survival at sea. Again,
the Navy wanted nothing to do with such a foolish trip, but when they arrived 56 days later, ships and aircraft were deployed
to retrieve them for medical testing.
Not only are their discovered secrets
of survival shared with you in this book, but it is a very good adventure story as well. We (Celestaire) have a warm spot
in our heart for George because we supplied some of his survival gear for his crossing.”