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Naval aviator, author and film producer Paco Chierici joins the show. Paco spent twenty years in the Navy, flying the A-6E Intruder, F-14A Tomcat and the F-5 Tiger II. Paco deployed to combat zones from Somalia to Iraq and was stationed aboard carriers including the USS Ranger, Nimitz and Kitty Hawk.
In his career, Paco has accumulated over 3,000 tactical hours and completed over 400 carrier landings. In addition to being an aviator, Paco also is the author of the novel, Lions of the Sky and the producer of the award-winning naval aviator documentary, Speed and Angels, available on Amazon Prime.
Like most kids, Nick walked out of the theater after seeing the original Top Gun and was ready to join the Navy then and there, so being able to talk to a real fighter pilot was fascinating for him. Paco takes us through his first aircraft carrier landings in second by second, edge-of-your-seat detail, the different aircraft he flew, his friendship with David Fraver, the pilot who witnessed the infamous ‘Tic-Tac’ UFO incident, as well as discussing what flying has meant to him.
To learn more about Paco and order his novel, please visit his site:
Paco wrote a detailed account of the Tic-Toc UFO incident, entitled ‘There I Was: The X-Files Edition’. You can read it here:
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