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The Contrail Chronicles: An American Family's Journey through War and Peace

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The story of an American family and its journey through war and peace, by Dick Nelson.

A Soaring Story of Grit, Courage, Patriotism and Rebelliousness

When fighter-pilot hero Wendel Nelson died in action during World War II, he left a legacy that would see his son follow him into the skies.

The Contrail Chronicles tells the story of this remarkable father and son. As Hitler’
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published (first published August 30th 2010)
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Apr 26, 2011 Barrett rated it really liked it
Dick Nelson has a bittersweet story to tell, and he tells it well. As he notes, he grew up much like Lieutenant Dan in "Forrest Gump," seemingly destined to follow his father's fate--a WW II fighter pilot killed flying with the 8th Air Force in England. Dick's path to combat was long and arduous, including academic battles at the U.S. Naval Academy, but he graduated in 1964, just in time for flight training early in the Vietnam War. Unlike Lt. Wendell Nelson, Dick survived his war, flying the ...more
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Dick Nelson is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Navy fighter pilot. During his combat service in Vietnam, flying the supersonic F-8E Crusader from an aircraft carrier, Nelson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, thirteen Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V," the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, and other decorations. After his Navy service, Nelson was a ...more
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