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05/17/2010

Our Latest Angel Flight West Mission

My brother Ken and I flew our latest Angel Flight West mission last Saturday. We were part of a three-airplane relay to take Justin Hunley and his Mom Tabitha from Casper, Wyoming to the Shriners Burn Center in Sacramento, California.

The flight from Carson City to Battle Mountain in north-central Nevada was quiet and uneventful. My readers should recognize Battle Mountain: I use it as the setting for a fictional underground airbase. The real airport was built by the Army Air Corps in 1942 as an emergency airfield and reliever base for the Army training bases in Reno. It's a pretty lonely place: a good ten minutes to anywhere and only one fixed-base operator on the field (Harless Aircraft). But I was surprised to see what looked like an old air museum near Harless Aircraft with nothing less than the cousin of my old ride, a Tactical Air Command F-111 supersonic bomber, parked there! The planes looked neglected and forlorn, which matched the feeling of the place in general. The ramp attendant told us that some days they would have absolutely NO planes land there!

But I'm still going to use the secret underground airbase there for future novels!

Ken and I got another little surprise while waiting for our passengers: a visit by a Canadian Air Forces T-6 trainer. The crew was on a weekend cross-country training flight across the United States and stopped in Battle Mountain for fuel. Sweet little ride!

Soon John Trentman showed up in another sweet little plane, a Cessna Columbia 400, with his Mission Assistant Matt Perkins and his passengers Tabitha and Justin Hunley. Justin was going to Sacramento for ongoing severe burn treatments. Their flight too was uneventful. While the Piper Aztec is like a SUV, the Columbia 400 is like a Porsche, and the two planes looked funny sitting next to one another (the Columbia was probably 35 years younger than the Aztec!). After signing all the paperwork and a quick snack, we were off. Aztec Niner-Niner Sierra Papa was now Angel Flight Niner Sierra Papa.

We encountered a little turbulence over the mountain ridges on the way out, but now it was warming up and the air was a bit more roiled. It wasn't true bumpy turbulence, more of a sloshy crosswind disturbance that made the plane wallow around annoyingly. Justin was waiting for some real bumps. We were able to get a good look at Reno, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Lake Tahoe on our way to Sacramento.

We arrived in about an hour and a half to blue skies and perfect weather. Ken and I will see the Hunleys again on their return trip in mid-June. We gassed up and headed back to Carson City, transformed again back to Aztec Niner-Niner Sierra Papa.

We were beat after we parked the Blue Eagle back in its nest in Carson after almost four hours in the air that day--but, we reminded ourselves, not nearly as tired as the Hunleys would have been if they had to drive all the way from Casper, Wyoming to Sacramento so Justin could get the treatments he desperately needed. It was well worth it.

05/17/2010

Your Novels Into A Movie?

I received an e-mail recently which demanded a longer-than-usual response, so I thought I'd share it with all my readers on the Web site. Here goes:

1) After reading Act of War, a friend of mine pointed me to the computer game which had some very cool live action sequences in it. I'm fairly certain you get this suggestion a lot, but have you ever considered turning one of your novels into a movie? I would love to see Razor's Edge or Flight of the Old Dog made into a movie.

I have to admit, I was really jazzed to see a real-life Jason Richter in the "Act of War" PC game, speaking words and doing stuff I invented. Unfortunately, I don't have a screen agent in Hollywood, so my books aren't out there being pitched like they need to be. I'll keep on working on novels, and eventually one or more of them will get made.

2) How did you come up with the name "Patrick McLanahan?" How do you come up with character names?

Patrick McLanahan is actually a combination of the first name of my ex brother-in-law Patrick, who was a jock in high school but took care of me and a few of the other nerds (probably because he was dating my sister), and McLanahan's Pharmacy in State College, Pennsylvania, which was one of my stops while working as a security guard in college. I don't know why I picked that name: maybe I just thought it sounded cool.

I've used several devices for naming characters. I used to just pick them out of a phone book. I used family members' names until I used them all up (Kenneth Francis James in "Day of the Cheetah" is comprised of my two brothers' names and my Dad's). I've used names from the women of The Weather Channel and Fox News, towns around Lake Tahoe, favorite wineries, and foreign language words.

I also auction off characters to charities where the highest bidders can pick a character's name and we design a character in the story based on the bidder's ideas or desires. I've raised over a quarter of a million dollars over the years doing this for charities and non-profits.

3) How much of his personality did you plan beforehand, and how much of his personality came out on its own?

Most first novels are "fantasy autobiographies," reflecting the author's self-image and imaginary grand adventure. Other characters are created to support the main character (allies and mentors) and to create conflict (antagonists and enemies). I let their individual personalities emerge by themselves but they have a job to do, so they can be anything as long as they serve their role in the story.

Conflict is key in my novels, and character is used as well as plot to create conflict. Sometimes it's as simple as making a particular character female--that usually creates instant conflict, especially in military novels.

GBA, Dale...

05/10/2010

Angel Flight West Charity Flying

I was asked by my Webmaster Bill Parker (www.parkerinfo.com) to provide more details about my first Angel Flight West mission and my experiences with volunteer charity flying.

Angel Flight West (www.AngelFlightWest.org) is a group of volunteer pilots in thirteen Western states that donate their time, skills, aircraft, and flying expenses to take medical patients for treatment free of charge. If you're a pilot and looking for a way to give back to your community--and do some REAL flying, not just the usual boring holes in the sky or $300 hamburger trips--check it out. There are Angel Flight organizations all across the USA. Angel Flight West also accepts volunteers to fly as Mission Assistants, act as mission coordinators, and a host of other tasks.

New AFW command pilots undergo a short training program, must be current, and have had a flight review in the past 12 months. They are personally interviewed by a Mission Orientation Pilot before being allowed to fly passengers. Pilots get a list of available missions online and volunteer to take as many as they want. They are also free to cancel a mission at any time for any reason.

Passengers must be referred by a social worker, pastor, outpatient specialist, or similar person who can verify a patient's needs and financial circumstances. Patients are accepted based on medical condition and need, but they must be prepared for alternative means of travel. They must be able and willing to climb into and fly in a small private plane by themselves, and not require any special medical services enroute. Although we do have volunteers who will fly missions in jets, turboprops, and nice pressurized aircraft, most pilots fly single- or twin-engine unpressurized planes.

Back in Sacramento I once flew charity missions for a group called AirLifeLine, and I was even vice president of the board of directors for a time. I will never forget my first mission. It was 1992. A young teenager had a relapse of cancer and had to go to San Francisco right away. The mother was afraid of flying and wouldn't go. So I had a stranger on board, alone, who was scared and had a little bit of an attitude; it was a last-minute mission so I had less than half a day to plan; I had no mission assistant; I was flying into two unfamiliar airports; at the time I was a relatively low-time private pilot; it was my first cross-country mission in the retractable-gear version of the single-engine Piper Saratoga, a plane that fortunately I had a lot of experience with; and it would be my first flight into Class B airspace which is the busiest in the country.

The weather was marginal everywhere. I had to shoot a real ILS approach into Redding Airport AND the ILS into San Francisco International because of low clouds. Using the "Lifeguard" call-sign got me first-class treatment by air traffic control (we use the "Angel Flight" call-sign today). I'll never forget having Boeing 747s speeding past me less than a quarter-mile away as they landed on the parallel runway, so close I could see passengers' faces through the airliner's windows. In order to fit into the flow of traffic I actually had to delay lowering my landing gear until OVER THE NUMBERS and land PAST the intersecting runways at San Francisco International--flying OVER THE RUNWAY and KNOWING that your landing gear was NOT YET DOWN was a frightening experience!

I remember getting a "thank you for your service" from Ground Control, and I didn't have to pay the outrageous $75 landing fee. I think they recognized my tail number on the return trip because I still got very good service on the return flight to Sacramento. I even had to shoot an ILS approach back at Sacramento Executive Airport because of low ceilings--unusual for September.

And I'll never forget shutting the plane down at the tie-down back in Sacramento and just sitting there, realizing: I DID IT. It was very much like executing a successful bomb run in the Air Force: plan the flight, fly the plan, plan for the worst, and stay focused. It was a great experience.

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EXECUTIVE INTENT

by Dale Brown

On-Sale May 11, 2010

Dale Brown, the New York Times-bestselling master of military suspense, is back with EXECUTIVE INTENT (William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, on-sale May 2010), an action-packed tale of intrigue and technological weaponry that puts the world's superpowers in contest for dominance of space as well as Earth's oceans.

The United States begins to establish the ultimate High Ground, a space-based anti-ballistic missile and anti-satellite system in Earth's orbit, which could protect not only America, but also her allies from attack. The most controversial part of the system is Mjollnir, a precision-guided artificial meteorite that can strike almost anywhere on the planet in a matter of seconds. China responds by setting up dozens of anti-satellite missile sites around the world aimed at America's Armstrong Space Station. Meanwhile, a series of accidents in space, the possibility of an arms race with China, the upcoming elections and a worsening economic outlook all put the pressure on U.S. President Joseph Gardner to cancel the weapon satellite system and call for treaties to eliminate all space-based weapons. But instead of negotiating, China surges its military forces for the first time since the Korean War by invading Somalia and Yemen and capturing the vital shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden.

Now, America's vaunted nuclear aircraft carrier battle groups are in the crosshairs of Chinese hypersonic missiles and hunter-killer submarines. Russia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and others see America's military dominance eroding and rush to take advantage.

Two champions emerge, one from retirement and another from the aftermath of the 2012 presidential elections, to risk everything to restore American power and influence around the world. But will it be enough to hold off America's enemies who are closing in for the kill?

About the Author:

Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 22 action-adventure "techno-thriller" novels starting with Flight of the Old Dog in 1987. He is also the co-author of the best-selling Dreamland techno-thriller series and writer and technical consultant of the Act of War PC real-time strategy game published by Atari Interactive and the Megafortress PC flight simulator by Three-Sixty Pacific. Dale's novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries.

Dale was born in Buffalo, New York on November 2, 1956. He graduated from Penn State University and received an Air Force commission in 1978. He was a member of the first class of Air Force ROTC cadets to qualify for and complete the grueling three-week U.S. Army Airborne Infantry paratrooper training course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Dale was a navigator-bombardier in the B-52G Stratofortress heavy bomber and the FB-111A supersonic medium bomber, and an instructor on aircrew life support and combat survival, evasion, resistance, and escape. He is the recipient of several military decorations and awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Crew Award, and the Marksmanship ribbon.

Dale is a command pilot in Angel Flight West, a group that volunteer their time, skills, and aircraft to fly needy medical patients free of charge to receive medical treatment. Dale is also a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, which performs search and rescue, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, surveillance, and many other missions in support of the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies. He supports a number of organizations to promote law enforcement, education, literacy, and support for military veterans and their families.

Dale Brown is a Life Member of the Air Force Association, U.S. Naval Institute, and National Rifle Association. He is a multi-engine and instrument-rated private pilot and can often be found in the skies all across the United States, at the controls of his Piper Aztec-E. On the ground, Dale is an AYSO youth soccer referee and enjoys tennis and scuba diving. Dale, his wife Diane, and son Hunter live near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Visit him at http://www.AirBattleForce.com and on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorDaleBrown

EXECUTIVE INTENT by Dale Brown William Morrow / Hardcover / May 11, 2010 / $26.99 / ISBN: 9780061560859

04/04/2010

I was asked by my editor to write some notes about the upcoming novel EXECUTIVE INTENT for the sales, advertising, publicity, and marketing departments, so here's what I said:

Four futuristic military technologies used in EXECUTIVE INTENT:

  • 1) The weaponization of space: satellites carrying anti-satellite, anti-ballistic missile interceptors, and land-attack weapons in such numbers that every spot on Earth can be attacked from space within moments. Space is no longer confined to "passive" communications, intelligence, and surveillance satellites;

  • 2) The Chinese Dong Feng-21 mobile nuclear ballistic missile, modified to attack ships as far as 2,000 miles away; China acquiring the capability of building a $10 million missile that can destroy a $3 billion aircraft carrier and kill 5,000 sailors in the blink of an eye;

  • 3) Single-stage-to-orbit spaceplanes--although much smaller than the Shuttle, it gives the United Sates the ability to carry personnel and equipment into space or anywhere on Earth within hours;

  • 4) The global military network: Every warfighter and every commander having access to every other warfighter's data as needed; any commander can talk, share data, and "see" whatever his troops in the field can see, what aircraft overhead can see, or what a satellite thousands of miles away can see at any time.
  • Five key military/geopolitical issues I deal with in EXECUTIVE INTENT:

  • 1) The space arms race. Space is vital to the United States, and it must be defended just like any other piece of American territory. Other nations will recognize this and begin to build up their space forces to ensure their own access to space;

  • 2) Control of the seas. Two major U.S. imperatives are total control of American waters and domination of the world's oceans--mostly passively, but able to exert total control at any time. Other emerging trade-centered nations, like China, will want to build a blue-water navy because the seas are just as important to them, and other nations, like Russia, will build technologies that will challenge American superiority.

  • 3) Vulnerability of the aircraft carrier. Although seen as at risk for many years, every year the aircraft carrier gets more and more vulnerable to new enemy technology. Yet very little is actually being done to develop follow-on technology to replace the carrier.

  • 4) The end of American hegemony. A third major American imperative is to act to prevent any one nation or groups of nations from dominating any continent or area, even if they are American allies. America must always act to create balances of power that offset any emerging challenger. If America doesn't act and any nation is allowed to dominate, America's vital interests and world stability are threatened. Russia and China working together to dominate Asia or the Middle East would be a major game changer.

  • 5) The end of China's isolation. China often responds to unrest or crisis by withdrawing from the rest of the world. But now China is rapidly modernizing its military, acquiring more and more natural resources, expanding its industrial base, educating its population, and becoming a major player on the world stage. If China ever decided to put its 100 million man army on the move, it could quickly change the course of human history.
  • Don't worry, I didn't give away too much. EXECUTIVE INTENT is out in May. Enjoy!

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