Steve is the author of «Deadly Turbulence, his first aviation book», and is currently planning, researching, and writing his second.
Deadly Turbulence: The Air Safety Lessons of Braniff Flight 250 and Other Airliners, 1959–1966 was published 13-Mar-2014 from McFarland Publishing.
The book takes a detailed look at five accidents/near disasters, especially the 1966 destruction of Braniff International Airways Flight 250 in Nebraska. Nearly two years of inquiry helped advance the understanding of jet operations in severe weather and saw the first use of Cockpit Voice Recorder technology in an aviation accident investigation. In addition, a University of Chicago professor, Dr. Tetsuya "Ted" Fujita, conducted a more intensive investigation of the weather system which downed Flight 250. Over time, Dr. Fujita’s already extensive knowledge of thunderstorms and tornadoes led to his creation of the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity, the F-scale that we hear about so frequently during storm season.
The five flights the book is most concerned with are:
|Pan American World Airways||115||Boeing 707-121||N712PA||February 3, 1959||Over the North Atlantic||0/127|
|Northwest Airlines||705||Boeing 720-051B||N724US||February 12, 1963||Everglades, Florida||43/43|
|United Airlines||764||Boeing 720-022B||N/A||July 12, 1963||Over O'Neill, Nebraska||0/63|
|Eastern Air Lines||304||Douglas DC-8-21||N8607||February 25, 1964||Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana||58/58|
|Braniff International Airlines||250||BAC 1-11-203AE||N1553||August 6, 1966||Near Falls City, Nebraska||42/42|
Read more «here».
A retired public school educator, Steve fell in love with airliners at the age of five during a fateful encounter with a brand-new Pan Am 747. He and his partner Frank and their beagle, Fergus, and basset hounds, Roux and Sascha, and basset/beagle (bagle) Bosco, live in Hermitage, Tennessee.