Bill Dye is one of the lucky ones. Like so many of his childhood pals, he dreamed of flying jets or being a console guy launching satellites. Unlike so many young boys who wished for a life of adventure amid the romance of space travel, Bills dream became his reality. His boyhood passion for airplanes and rockets, fueled by his parents encouragement, launched him into an exciting, fulfilling career in aerospace.
In Dyes often humorous, entertaining memoir, youll get the inside scoop on the U.S. space program from an aerospace engineer with more than three decades of experience. Youll discover how a kid who used to win science fairs and fire off homemade rockets ends up directing the design and development of several spacecraftincluding IKONOS, an Earth-observation satellite that changed the world.
He is proof that even the loftiest dreams are attainable with the right opportunities, the right education, and the right attitude.
As a fellow aerospace engineer, once I started reading Climbing into My Dream, I couldnt put it down. Many of us from different backgrounds went on this exhausting but exhilarating journey. Bill Dye was the go-to guy who was fun to be with. His story brought back memories of learning the trade. Tom Dougherty, program director (retired), Lockheed Martin
Graduating from the Imperial Russian Naval Academy at the start of World War I, de Seversky lost a leg in his first combat mission. He still shot down thirteen German planes and became the empire's most decorated combat naval pilot.
While serving as a naval attache in the United States in 1918, de Seversky elected to escape the Bolshevik Revolution and offered his services as a pilot and consulting engineer to the U.S. War Department. He proved inventive both in the technology of advanced military aircraft and in the strategy of exercising air power. He worked for famed aviation advocate Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, who encouraged the naturalized citizen to patent his inventions, such as an in-flight refueling system and a gyroscopically synchronized bombsight. His creative spirit then spurred him to design and manufacture advanced military aircraft.
When World War II broke out in Europe, de Seversky became America's best-known philosopher, prophet, and advocate for air power, even serving as an adviser to the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. The highlight of his life occurred in 1970 when the Aviation Hall of Fame enshrined de Seversky for "his achievements as a pilot, aeronautical engineer, inventor, industrialist, author, strategist, consultant, and scientific advances in aircraft design and aerospace technology."
This book will appeal to readers with a special interest in military history and to anyone who wants to learn more about American air power's most important figures.