Aviation Press Comments
Here's what the aviation press says about this book:
"Dick Starks' tribulations and loss of innocence are your gain. His mixture of humor, philosophy, and technical stuff offers a unique insight into the slightly warped mind of a dedicated aircraft homebuilder."
--Dave Martin, editor of KITPLANES
"This is a great story of affordable personal aviation seldom told outside of the sometimes tight little circle of the Experimental Aircraft Association aero-nuts."
--Frank Kingston Smith, author of Weekend Pilo
"Dick has truly caught the flavor of learning to fly as well as the trials and tribulations of building an airplane . . . with his great sense of humor adding some spice."
--Mary Jones, editor of EAA Experimenter
"He bumbles, fumbles, and stumbles at even the most simple tasks, yet lives. Worse than that, he has the utter lack of shame to sit down and reveal it all in this book. . . For all his confessions of fear and humble bumbling, the man has the most direct thinking process, understands what he wants, goes for it without a lot of shilly-shallying, and is also a quick study."
--Gordon Baxter, columnist for FLYING
About the Author
Dick Starks' interest in aviation started at an early age. When he was a prattling babe, he cut his teeth on an old pitot tube that his father gave him to play with. As soon as he was old enough to walk, he learned to fly U-control model planes and remembers sitting on the garage floor in a litter of balsa shavings as he and his dad labored to put his latest crash together.
Dick started writing about flying as a lark, approaching this pursuit with his usual eagerness and zeal. His work has appeared in such magazines as KITPLANES, The EAA Experimenter, and Homebuilt Aircraft. This is his first book.
Dick lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Sharon (also a pilot), his daughter, Tricia, and an assortment of cats, dogs, attack geese, and aircraft parts.
You may contact the author via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Illustrator
Bob Stevens (1923 - 1994)
Bob was, and is, the premiere aviation cartoonist. He had a lot of flying experience to draw on, so to speak. After being commissioned as an Air Corps pilot in 1943, Bob flew nearly every WWII fighter plane in the U.S. arsenal and later went on to clock a world speed record of 711.75 mph in an F-86A jet.
Bob's hand on the pen proved to be as deft as his hand on the control stick; his cartoon series called "There I Was..." ran for over 25 years in AlR FORCE magazine. On the civilian side, his illustrated humor graced the pages of Professional Pilot, Private Pilot, and KITPLANES magazines, as well as a number of books.
His honors include four Lincoln Day awards, five National Freedom Foundation Honor Medals, and two Pulitzer nominations.
When Bob agreed to illustrate You Want to Build and Fly a WHAT? he was fighting cancer and told us that he believed this would be his last professional job. We are so glad that he was willing and able to add his incomparable touch to the book, and so sorry that his prophecy turned out to be true.