After 30 years of covering the aerospace/defense business for Aviation International News (AIN), I will be leaving on good terms in mid-2018, to focus on my other interests:
- I am best-known as the unofficial historian of the U-2 spyplane. I want to revise the book that I self-published in 2015, on the recent and current operations of the world’s premier reconnaissance aircraft. I also want to devote more time to my website, www.dragonladytoday.com
- In the recent past, I have written on the ISR business for two well-known aerospace companies. UTC Aerospace Systems asked me to co-author a book on the history of the RAPTOR/DB-110 airborne tactical reconnaissance sensor, that is currently in service with some 15 air forces. Raytheon UK asked me to produce a similar volume on the past, present and future of the Sentinel reconnaissance jet that serves the UK’s Royal Air Force. I am willing to consider similar projects, upon request.
- I am writing a book on the modern development of hybrid airships. This is fascinating and little-known story that started at the Lockheed Skunk Works in 1991, and has continued to this day in the UK as well as the US.
- I am a Visiting Fellow at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS) in the UK. I want to continue supporting the valuable work of education and research that is performed there.
- I have previously done some consulting work in my areas of expertise, notably advice to documentary and feature film-makers. I will have more time available for such work in the future.
- I am creating this website to offer occasional commentary and opinions. During all my years at AIN, I tried not to ‘editorialize.’ But I do have views and ideas that I want to share.