A Life Aloft cover A Life Aloft by Jack W. Burke (2013)


Jack "flew the bush" for Pan Am in Alaska and piloted the majestic flying boats across the North Atlantic. He flew in the Aleutians during the war, and would return to serve in both the Air Force and the Navy in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His "best day ever" with Pan Am was January 31, 1968, the first day of the Tet Offensive, when he made a daring landing with his 707 into besieged Saigon Airport and delivered more than 200 trapped Vietnamese--many of them women and children--to safety. "