Marvin Arnold grew up during World War II and although born in Oklahoma, he spent most of his younger years living wherever his Air Force father was stationed. The author attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.
He became a civilian pilot at age nineteen, served on active duty with the Naval Air Reserve as an aircrewman and a pilot in the Guard, currently holding a commercial pilot's license with instrument, multi-engine and seaplane ratings.
The author has owned and flown nearly a hundred different types of aircraft throughout his years of flying experience. He owned and operated the fixed base operation at Amon Carter Field in Fort Worth, was a qualified air taxi and charter pilot for Greater Southwest Aviation, managed Flight Dynamics aircraft flight training school, owned and operated Mid-Cities Aviation aircraft service and repair facility.
As a design engineer, he worked in cockpit and environmental design groups on aircraft like the Chance Vought C-142, the F8U Crusader, General Dynamics F-111 and Lockheed C-5A, finally retiring as Chief of Avionics Engineering at Aerospatiale Helicopter. He and Suzie, his wife of forty plus years, have lived in Texas since 1960. A long time old car and airplane enthusiast, air museum curator and historian, Captain Marvin Arnold is imminently qualified to write on almost any aviation related subject.
The author's earlier book, the non-fiction "Flying Stories" was the true story of one of those too young to go to the last world war, but who grew up in its midst. It was the story of one of the faceless thousands of young engineers, a child of the Great Depression that picked up where the aviation pioneers left off and established the United States as the unchallenged world leader in the aviation industry.
The author's latest book is a fictional novel titled "Flight of the Setting Sun" an action adventure and love story about a Texas China Clipper pilot who along with Juan Trippe shrank the mighty Pacific Ocean, built and flew bombers during the war in Europe and alongside Howard Hughes became a major aircraft industrialist against all odds after the war. And importantly it is the human side of the story of one man’s personal life struggle.
"Flight of the Setting Sun" is the story of that generation who came before, those who flew the dirigibles or became barnstormers, those who built and flew the planes of WWII and designed the post war planes that first broke the sound barrier and the first commercial jet airliners that made air travel safer than riding a local bus. It is the story of the golden age of civil and commercial aviation and of the aircraft designers and test pilots of the 1930s who filled the gap on our way to the moon.
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