From Cubs to Jets by Joe Clark
Essays From a Life in the Air
Do you like to fly? Are you into aviation? Might you want to teach as a flight instructor? How about reading articles about aviation? Have an interest in aviation history? If so, you may find this book interesting. It is, after all, about the art and joy of flying.
I started my blog in August 2010 after watching the movie Julie & Julia. The movie actually made me feel guilty for not having done what I was supposed to do a long time ago—namely—write about airplanes, flying, teaching aviation techniques, and basically having fun in the sky. There is only one reason for this book. It is to allow those who prefer books to computers and Kindles an option for reading flying stories from the blog.
Many around the world responded very positively about the aviation writings of the blog. From one of the readers of the blog:
I enjoy reading your articles on the antique planes and general aviation. I own an Aeronca 7AC and enjoy writing about my travels and exploits. I post them on my website http://www.lownslowpilot.com. I’ve thought about writing a book regarding these travels and the 30 years of flying taildraggers, but I get lost in the ramifications of doing such. I appreciate your insight you share and enjoy the posts.
- Dale “Cap’n PineTree” Andersen
Joe Clark started flying Piper J-3 Cubs such as depicted on the lower front cover at a small private airstrip in 1971. A dozen years later, he had the privilege of flying JH-3 and the other TA-4J Skyhawks in his squadron at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
During the process of learning to fly, he also acquired a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. This gave him writing and communication skills he has used throughout his aviation, editorial, and flight instructing careers.
His aviation resume includes taildragger, mountain flying, off-airport flying, over-water navigation, flight instruction on all levels of certification, designated checkpilot duties, Part 135 charter flying, and more. He has flown over 100 different types of airplanes ranging from ultralights to attack jets off aircraft carriers.
After the Navy, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he obtained a master of aeronautical science degree with a specialization in aviation education. He briefly thought of chasing an airline career, but was having too much fun teaching.