Saturday, April 30, 2016

Update: Flying and Writing

Here's an update.

I've flown aboard 128 different aircraft types. They include restored World War II aircraft like the P-51 Mustang, SB2C-5 Helldiver and B-25 Mitchell. I've also flown the F-15E Strike Eagle, the B-52H Stratofortress and the B-1B Lancer. I have a record of every time I've been off the ground in an aircraft, including every commercial airline flight I've ever taken.

My penultimate fight was with Jack Molenear in his Stearman N-2B, or PT-17, at Culpeper on August 2, 2014.

My last flight was on May 12 2015, in "Fifi", the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress. Thanks, Mark Novak, Al Benzing and John Schauer.

Since 1955, I've published 80 books, 6,000 magazine articles and 3,000 newspaper columns, mostly about the Air Force. I've enjoyed sixty "straight" years of writing about the Air Force and aviation (interrupted only partially by a 25-year stint as a Foreign Service officer.) No one ever had a greater privilege than to write about Americans who fly and fight. I've donated my archives and some cash to charities that I support, including the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). These groups honor veterans, educate young Americans and inspire the public.

Flying and writing days

For now I'm a bystander.

In October 2015, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor known as a Glioblastoma Multiforme. 

This type of tumor is always fatal. Life expectancy generally runs from three to fifteen months.
At the start of May, eight months in, I continue to lose my ability to type on a keyboard. I can still talk easily though. Please don't hesitate to call me at (703) 264-8950.

My speech is intact. I am suffering no discomfort and am in great spirits. I am enjoying the time connecting with friends and family, and most of all taking advantage of the occasional free lunch or milkshake.

I had brain surgery December 2 and completed radiation and chemo February 25. In April, I will be in my fourth round of chemo; one that requires taking pills for one full week each month.

My most popular book is "AIR POWER ABANDONED," the story of the F-22 Raptor, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, General T. Michael Moseley, and Gates's firing of the Air Force leadership.

Price per book when ordered from me is $22. All proceeds are donated to the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, a 501(c)(3) charity. And, yes, it's on Kindle, too.

(703) 264-8950

Robert F. Dorr
3411 Valewood Drive
Oakton VA 22124

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