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"A tone-poem of flight." Wesley Newton, Auburn University.
"...the essence of the love affair with flight." Robert Jakeman, Auburn University.
"...far more than an account of Gulf War adventures...a lyrical enthusiasm...a special style and flavor." The Anniston Star.
"Good story, good writing, good history, highly recommended to school and adult collections." Raymond Puffer, Kliatt
"...an agreeable, personal memoir that merits reading by fellow aviators and aviation enthusiasts alike." Kevin Rhoades, USAF Academy, Air Power Journal.
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2011
In my library, Tail of the Storm is a top shelf book. It ranks with Fate is the Hunter, Dust on the Sea, and Yeager in my library. Nothing beats a well written book by a fellow that has "been there" and "done that". Alan tells a great story about a great airplane. If you are capable of getting misty-eyed about an airplane...the '141 is your airplane. It was a faithful and capable bird that we rode hard....real hard. Desert Shield/Storm brought the curtain down and off to DM they went.
Alan's book will leave you thirsting for more. My I suggest [...] and Heavy Jets by Jim Miller. A tip of the hat to Alan and all the crewdogs...from "Old Shakey" to the '17...men and machines getting the mission accomplished.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2016
I too served with Alan Cockrell on the C-141, during this period. He poetically revealed the story of a critical time of aviation at the end of the "Cold War". The air-lifters were sometimes referred to as "the Shaft of the Spear" or more often the "Garbage Haulers". No matter what the load was, we went and flew hard for the mission at hand.
Alan has done a great job in revealing the eclectic nature of our group. Though, the innocence of a few was preserved! We were family and fought with and fought for each other. We retained the best safety record within the Air Force, due to our dedication and friendship.
Note: I received copies out of the box of Alan's first printing in 1995 and recently bought a copy on Amazon to loan out.
Thanks Alan for telling your tale and part of mine, too!
Michael Alewine, TSgt. Flight Engineer
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2007
As a fellow crew member of the author, I can vouch for the truthfull telling of these stories. Alan Cockrell shares in the telling of his personal experience in the first Gulf War. It gave me immense pleasure recounting the tales of the 172 Airlift Wing and of the "crew dogs" of 183 Airlift Squadron. It was real, It happened, and it will be fondly remembered.
TSGT. MAury "Hardcopy" Lunn (RET.)
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2016
Real life adventure! Puts you in the cockpit and at the controls. Adventure on a grand scale!
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2012
Book arrived within predicted time frame and in like new condition. Written by someone who has been there and done that...
Note from a happy editor