This is a fiction story that follows a fighter pilot from flight training to assignment to a squadron on a carrier to becoming a seasoned pilot who flies carrier air patrol and other missions. On one mission, he must protect the carrier task force from an intruder flying supersonic toward it at night during a typhoon because all Aegis systems are blinded and the carrier can't launch aircraft. On another mission, this one top secret for the National Security Agency, he is not completely pre-briefed for security and evaluation issues. In the end, he requests and is denied a supersonic flyby past the carrier.
David V. Barth served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1966, was assigned to a nuclear ballistic missile submarine christened by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, made seven patrols during the Cold War, and was on patrols during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The computer training and experience in the Navy prepared him for a career as a mainframe computer programmer/analyst (1967 - 2007). He earned a B.S. degree in aviation management/computer science with highest honors from the Metropolitan State University of Denver (1977), a M.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado (1982), and a Ph.D. in Computer Management Science from Kennedy-Western University (1995). He earned a pilot’s license and became a flight instructor, teaching part-time (1976 - 2004). He was employed in information technology departments of several Denver banks and worked as a consultant for Perot Systems, Accenture, and Computer Sciences Corporation. He was Assistant Director of the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado (2009 – 2011) where he developed web pages of automobile museum collections at barthworks.com. Since 1961 he has written short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, and is a speaker. He has traveled extensively while pursuing his interests in photography and writing.read more