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Wing Wife: How to Be Married to a Marine Fighter Pilot

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Marcia never flew high performance aircraft, yet she learned to appreciate and maneuver through the irreverent, technical, and dangerous world of the Marine aviator--at and under her husband's wing. In WING WIFE: How to Be Married to a Fighter Pilot, a memoir of the first few years of her marriage to a Marine jet jockey, Marcia navigates the unfamiliar skies of officer's ...more
Nook, 388 pages
Published November 14th 2010 by Marcia Sargent
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Carolyn Schriber
Jul 01, 2012 Carolyn Schriber rated it really liked it
I have met Marcia Sargent, but I know her on a much deeper level than our superficial encounter. She was a Marine wife; I was an Air Force wife. I am older than she. But we lived in parallel universes. As I read about her experiences as the wife of a fighter pilot, I saw every facet of my own life reflected in hers. We did not share the same locations or the same wars, but we did share the fears, the loneliness, the upheavals of being sent to strange new posts, and the sheer craziness that ...more
Joyce Faulkner
It's a wet, windy day here in Pittsburgh. Damp leaves stick to my windows like small critters watching me watch them from my side of the pane. I shudder. I've just finished Marcia Sargent's award-winning memoir, "Wing Wife." I'm processing her work and pondering her question, how do we deal with life when we feel death's shadow every morning.

It's an issue I first faced at thirteen when my grandfather was murdered. Because his loss was the result of another person's choices and I didn't have the
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Leila Levinson
Nov 05, 2011 Leila Levinson rated it it was amazing
The figures are now familiar. Only one percent of us serve in the military. Only one percent of us have gone through multiple deployments that have no precedent in our country's history. These deployments have created enormous challenges for our service men and women and enormous stress for their families. This chasm of experience has created a social divide; members of the military and their families feel isolated in responding to their challenges. The rest of us seem to go on with our lives as ...more
Katherine
Feb 12, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
In Wing Wife, Marcia J. Sargent relates a true love story with all the romance and pathos that she lived it as the wife of a Marine pilot. It begins with her marriage to Andy Sargent and continues as she shares military life with him. She soon learns that being a Marine pilot’s wife is fraught with fear as well as joy. With Andy’s help, she learns the politics of supporting him by attending military ceremonies, wives coffees and parties that include husbands and wives.

“Although the guys needed n
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Bonnie Bartel
May 25, 2012 Bonnie Bartel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WING WIFE is a true reflection of life in the military, especially in the era about which Marcia Sargent writes.

Her memoir of her life as the wife of a Marine aviator resonated with this Air Force wife who was a spouse during that period.However, my husband and I were stationed at different bases; I have never met the author.

"Wing Wife" is so true to life, it reads like the best fiction, but make no mistake: This was the author's LIFE revealed in retrospect. Because of her on-target reflections
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J. Keith
Dec 22, 2012 J. Keith rated it it was amazing
I have one real complaint about this book. The title and packaging make it seem like it would only appeal to women. That outward appearance could not be more wrong. This is simply one of the best and most readable memoirs I have ever picked up. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. This can be largely written off to the aforementioned first impression. Don't let this happen to you. Despite the initial “made for Lifetime” feel – although it would make a wonderful such movie – it is a ...more
Al
May 25, 2012 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoy memoirs that give me insight into a life different from what I’ve experienced. Or for that matter, one like my own, so I can compare and contrast. One thing that struck me about Wing Wife is that it gives a glimpse into two different lives, not just the author’s experiences as a military wife, but also her husband’s triumphs and struggles as a marine fighter pilot.

In the post-Viet Nam war era covered by this memoir, I was surprised to discover how dangerous being a fighter pilot was. As
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Michele
Feb 13, 2015 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a former student of Marcia's, I never saw this side of her life. It was really interesting to read about the experiences of military families just down the road from where I grew up in El Toro. I never had much insight into their lives before reading this book. The temporary nature of everything, especially when trying to become part of a community and start a family, is difficult to imagine. Marcia's life experiences as a young military wife contrast so much with my own. Despite being angry ...more
Kathleen Rodgers
Zips Along At Full Throttle!


Strap on your G-Suits! Marcia J. Sargent is gonna to take you for a ride!

This story zips along at full throttle as we meet fighter pilots like her husband, Andy, her brother, Don. One second they seem bigger than life--these flight-suited sun gods--the next mere mortals. Fighter pilots live and fly on the edge of the envelope, and sometimes their wives and children are buffeted in the jetwash.

The author is a good stick when it comes to flying her words around on the
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Kathleen Rodgers
Zips Along At Full Throttle!



Strap on your G-Suits! Marcia J. Sargent is gonna to take you for a ride!

This story zips along at full throttle as we meet fighter pilots like her husband, Andy, her brother, Don. One second they seem bigger than life--these flight-suited sun gods--the next mere mortals. Fighter pilots live and fly on the edge of the envelope, and sometimes their wives and children are buffeted in the jetwash.

The author is a good stick when it comes to flying her words around on the
...more
Deborah
Apr 13, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
This week’s read was a non-fiction book: Wing Wife: How To Be Married to A Marine Fighter Pilot by Marcia J. Sargent. In the early 1970's Marcia married her brother Don’s best friend, Andrew Sargent. Although Andy was a Marine pilot, just like Don, Marcia had little idea of what life as a Marine wife was going to be like. At twenty-two she found she had married not only “My Andy,” but a thirty-year-old senior captain; and the Corps expected her to get up get up the learning curve as a military ...more
Ionia
May 07, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it
Marcia Sargent has written a very honest, open memoir about her experiences as the wife of a Marine Pilot. She details her every day experiences in a way that makes the reader realise what a hectic and at times unstable world it can be for a military wife.

From adjusting to the antics of the husbands, to moves, change and loss of loved ones, this book does more than just give a simple overview of the lifestyle. There are spots in this book that made me burst out laughing and places that I threat
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Joyce Gilmour
May 07, 2013 Joyce Gilmour rated it it was amazing
Wing Wife: How To Be Married To A Marine Fighter Pilot by Marcia J. Sargent takes readers right into the lives of Marine fighter pilots. Being married to a “jet jockey” brought young Marcia into a world of learning the role of an officer’s wife, military expectations, and sadly, learning how to deal with the loss of loved ones. Loving a man who faces the risk of death every day, puts anxiety into a marriage that other couples never have to face. Marcia Sargent has a gift of being able to write a ...more
Yiotula
Jun 16, 2011 Yiotula rated it did not like it
Being a military wife I wanted to like this book but, it just didn't work for me. I couldn't feel the emotions at all. She was so back and forth between being gung ho Marine Corps and not fitting in it just got annoying. Wish it had been better written.... Story had a lot of potential.
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Marcia spent the first five years of her life in a small grove house in Claremont, California. Today, there is an onramp to the westbound 210 where that house used to stand. She still misses climbing orange trees and smelling the sun-warmed dusty tang of the bark.

For almost twenty years she issued imperatives in her elementary school classrooms and worked as a social studies and language arts men
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