May 22, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

My first book was the story of this website, "Just A Couple of Chickens" and a sequel is underway, but before I went on and on about chickens, it was time to write about my grandfather, Colonel C. J. Tippett and his aviation pioneering life.

I am crowing from the rooftops, delighted to announce that "When No One Else Would Fly" is now available on!


Sixteen-year-old Cloyce Joseph Tippett saw his first airplane in an Ohio field in 1929, and knew he had to learn to fly. Using charisma and ingenuity, he acquired the biplane, but the Great Depression drove him to join the army to build his aviation career. He needed advanced flight training at Randolph and Kelly Fields in Texas, but the army would not let him leave Pearl Harbor, so he purchasesd an honorable discharge and went to California. He worked any available job, including training future Flying Tigers, while applying to the US Army Air Corp Reserve for the advanced training. He was successful in his plan and graduated, and then joined the newly formed Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) where he certified the first class of Alabama students who would become the Tuskegee Airmen, before being sent to South America to use civil aviation as a diplomatic tool during WWII. Tip, as he was known, advanced to the highest level of civil aviation diplomacy by becoming the Director of the South American Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a branch of the United Nations, and began to live in an elite world of political leaders, millionaires, socialites, and celebrities; which he discovered he may be able to join, if he was willing to leave his beloved aviation career.