Bob Taylor believes he is a privileged person. Not only was he born in the greatest country in this world, he had the fortune to become a Naval Aviator. He was even proud when a friend of a lesser military organization called him Mud Marine.
After Bob completed Officer Training at Quantico, he served as an infantry platoon leader. In July of 1958, his 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines was ordered to Lebanon to protect American interests in the Middle East. As commander of a weapons platoon guarding the Beirut airport, he asked himself, “Why not fly?” The Corps agreed and, when his unit returned, sent him to NAVAL FLIGHT TRAINING, where he broke the bonds of earth and became a Naval Aviator, Marine Corps style.
Before going through Naval Flight
Training, all of Bob’s military loyalty rested squarely with the United States
Marine Corps. At Pensacola, he witnessed the professionalism of the Navy and
the dedication of the instructors and staff. Bob developed a parallel loyalty for his Navy cousins. Besides, he told himself, the Corps is
actually a Department of the Navy. By
graduation day, he had acquired a sincere sense of brotherhood for the US
Navy. That sense continues to this day.
When Bob left the Corps he flew for
a year for the Forest Service.
Then he worked nine years for Honeywell Information Systems. In 1976, Bob left Honeywell and began a
computer software and consulting business, developing software for business
clients and the Department of Defense. He still serves many of his old clients
as he enjoys writing for several magazines. His first book, A Few Good Memories — Tales from Marine
Corps Boot Camp, published in 2002, deals
humorously with the day to day struggles that recruits encounter on their way
to earning their eagle, globe and anchors.
Bob Taylor’s new book, Getting Our Wings — Tales from Naval Aviation Flight School, looks at the lighter side of flight training in much the same way as A Few Good Memories. In spite of the rigors of the year and a half struggle to earn those wings, lots of humorous events occur. The stories in this new book, as in his previous book, are first-hand, from the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard students and instructors, spouses and parents and friends.