Leonard J d'Eon
Hi. I'm Len d'Eon and this is my story........
I was built to fly, so fly I did. As flying aide de camp for the Commanding General, Massachusetts National Guard, I had to be on call, so I flew my Bell H-13 helicopter to classes while getting my MBA from Babson College in Wellesley.
I flew combat in Asia. Forty two missions. Shot at every time. I learned the difference between fear and fright. I learned how wonderful it feels to inhale and exhale. Breathing is an absolute joy. I learned to appreciate the beauty of peace and tranquility and this thing called freedom. Those were horrific, life-altering, learning days.
Flying became my life. Captain and U.S.Army Aviator. U.S. Commercial pilot, fixed wing and helicopter. Guatemalan Commercial pilot. Experimental flight test work. World Altitude record for reciprocating engine aircraft under 12,000 lbs. (broken two weeks later in Mexico City.)
Three years flying in and out of Latin America doing fascinating work helped keep the Soviets out.
I moved my wife and kids to Paris, France and Munich, Germany for over five years, operating a major American company’s overseas operations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Traveled most days. Loved to dine then overnight in the Wagon Lit of the Orient Express.
Came back to America and settled in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
G.P. Putnams published my hardcover novel The Cavalier. It's now aailable in paperback at http://www.Amazon.com/product/dp/144991571X/
My next novel is in the works. An airplane story, really. Following a young American aviator. Cold war things that happened in the USSR and Latin America. Pure fiction.