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Call Sign Kluso: The Story of an American Fighter Pilot in Mr. Reagan's Air Force
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Call Sign Kluso: The Story of an American Fighter Pilot in Mr. Reagan's Air Force (Hardback)

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Eagle pilot Rick "Kluso" Tollini's life has embodied childhood dreams and the reality of what the American experience could produce. In his memoir, Call Sign Kluso, Rick puts the fraught minutes above the Iraqi desert that made him an ace into the context of a full life; exploring how he came to be flying a F-15C in Desert Storm, and how that day became a pivotal moment in his life.



Rick's first experience of flying was in a Piper PA-18 over 1960s' California as a small boy, and his love of flying through his teenage years was fostered by his pilot father, eventually blossoming into a decision to join the Air Force as a pilot in his late twenties. Having trained to fly jets he was assigned to fly the F-15 Eagle with the "Dirty Dozen," the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, at Kadena AB, Japan before returning Stateside to the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Gorillas." Throughout training Reagan's fighter pilots expected to face was the Soviet Union, but Rick's first combat deployment was Desert Storm. He recounts the planning, the preparation, and the missions, the life of a fighter pilot in a combat zone and the reality of combat. Rick's aerial victory was one of 16 accumulated by the Gorillas, the most by any squadron during Desert Storm.



Returning from the combat skies of Iraq, Rick continued a successful fulfilling Air Force career until, struggling to make sense of his life, he turned to Buddhism. His practice led him to leave the Air Force, to find a new vocation, and to finally come to terms with shooting down that MiG-25 Foxbat in the desert all those years before. Most importantly, he came to a deeper understanding of the importance of our shared humanity.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryMilitary history: post WW2 conflictsGulf WarTransportTransport technology & tradesAerospace & aviation technologyAviation skills / piloting Publisher: Casemate Publishers Publication Date: 15/03/2021 ISBN-13: 9781612009810  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Rick Tollini, call-sign Kluso, is a freelance writer, live performer, former F-15C Fighter Weapons Officer, and current F-15C flight simulator contract instructor pilot. Kluso is recognized as an expert in the field of Air Superiority operations and tactics. He has also worked as a feature writer for Pacific Star and Stripes weekly journal, CNN Travel contributor, and has recorded and published over 30 original songs. Kluso's unique experience as his unit's primary wartime mission planner for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm makes him uniquely qualified to speak on this subject matter.

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