The Eagle Above: Chronicles of an American Fighter Pilot
is Stan Corvin, Jr.'s tribute to his father, Colonel Stan Corvin, Sr.
In June 1941, at age 19, Stan Corvin, Sr. went to Canada and enlisted in the RCAF, training as a fighter pilot. Once in England, he was an RAF flight officer in the renowned 121st Eagle Squadron, made up of young American pilots. Flying Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes, Corvin flew fighter sweeps and escorted bombers into Germany and France. Transferred to the USAAF in 1943, Captain Corvin flew P-51D's in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Iwo Jima on long-range missions into Japan before it surrendered in September 1945.
Assigned to Kimpo and Suwon, South Korea, in late 1950, Corvin flew 102 combat missions in F-86 Sabres against North Korean, Russian, and Chinese pilots. In 1954 while stationed at Tsuiki AFB, Japan, he was one of two instructor pilots teaching former WWII Japanese pilots to fly T-33 jet aircraft. One of his students was Major General Minoru Genda, who planned and participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Colonel Corvin's remarkable thirty-three-year Air Force career included becoming a test pilot for the supersonic T-38 Talon at Edwards AFB and flying F-4 Phantom II's in West Germany.
"Vietnam Saga: Exploits of a Combat Helicopter Pilot" is a captivating true story of courage and commitment, often against impossible odds.
Arriving "in-country" in January 1968, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Stan Corvin, Jr. is stationed at Chu Lai for eighteen months and volunteers to becomes part of a "Hunter Killer" team flying a "loach" low-level. He describes the daily struggle to survive after being shot at by NVA soldiers as he finds and attacks their concealed bunkers, encampments, columns of trucks, and equipment being carried along the Ho Chi Minh trail in I Corps.
In 1971, Corvin, now a captain, voluntarily returns to Danang, South Vietnam, after being stationed in West Germany and flies for the CIA. His nightly missions are to take American and South Vietnamese intelligence officers into remote villages so they can find the NVA leaders and cadre living there and capture or kill them. He's flying for the CIA's top-secret and infamous "Phoenix Program."
On April 29, 1972, he attempted to save an F-4 Phantom pilot shot down at Khe Sanh, surrounded by thousands of NVA soldiers. Captain Corvin's UH-1H helicopter is shot down, and after being picked up ten minutes later, the rescue helicopter is also shot down. Crawling out of the burning aircraft, he is shot five times in the chest, stomach, and right leg by an enemy AK-47 but miraculously survives for thirteen hours while fighting off NVA soldiers determined to kill him and all of the other crew members.
Echoes of the Hunt: A Texan Told True Story, written by Stan Corvin, Jr., is the true story of a deer hunt he was on a few years ago in West Texas. Arriving at the ranch, he learned the owner who invited him had the flu and was not going to participate in the hunting of a massive atypical mule deer named “El Viejo.” For the next ten days, Stan hunted alone for the trophy buck. Interwoven with this adventure, he tells of hunting experiences as a young boy, then later as a teenager with his father, grandfather, and uncle. Many of these memories are recalled in the evening while he is sitting in a creaking rocking chair in front of a blazing fireplace while drinking his favorite beverage.
A lifelong hunter, Stan has shot dove in Argentina, quail in Baja California, elk in New Mexico, mule deer in Colorado and feral hogs in Texas.