ARSAG Participation

I will be attending the Air Refueling Systems Advisory Group or ARSAG symposium at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson Arizona 24-26 April 2018. I’ll have about 30 copies of Tanker Pilot to sign and participate in the group discussion Thursday afternoon on air refueling operations. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Aircrew Interview Podcast

View from the Boom Pod of an F-16CG taking on gas from a KC-135

Over the last few years Mike Young at Aircrew Interview in the United Kingdom has interviewed me via Skype. Mike is a very engaging interviewer and is always prepared with great questions for his podcasts.

My very first media interview was with Mike and his viewers. I recently did another Q&A with Mike now my book Tanker Pilot is out on the book shelves. Last year I walked around the Hill AFB Aerospace Museum and answered questions for five hours, which Mike edited down to about two.

I invite all of you to take a look at Mike Young’s Aircrew Interview webpage. He has some great interviews with everyone from Tornado to Concorde pilots and aircrew members.

I very highly recommend Mike Young’s Aircrew Interview site, there is something there for all aviation enthusiasts. 

C-SPAN Book TV segment

There is no better backdrop for a lecture on aviation than the Hill Aerospace Museum!

Sunday 18 March my Plane Talk lecture at Hill AFB Aerospace Museum was aired on C-SPAN Book TV. The lecture called Fast Asleep to Full Out War in 30 Minutes discussed air refueling operations on 9/11 and how a team of tanker planners at Fairchild AFB had to create a plan to transfer 7-12 million pounds of fuel a day to protect the west coast.

I want to thank Aaron, Robb, and Terry at the Hill Aerospace Museum for providing such an awesome backdrop for this Plane Talk lecture. I had a lot of fun doing this and hope to do more there.

The segment runs for an hour and nine minutes and can be found here.

KC-135 flying with the Boom extended in the Southwest Asia Area during Iraqi Freedm

About the author, Mark Hasara

Author of Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, Mark Hasara is a retired US Air Force pilot with 24 year in the KC-135 airborne tanker. He is a speaker and aviation industry consultant in campaign planning and cockpit architecture. Follow his weekly newsletter “On the Nations DIME”.

ARSAG Symposium 24-26 April

I will be attending the Air Refueling Systems Advisor Group (ARSAG) Symposium in Tucson Arizona 24-26 April 2018. The ARSAG President has asked me to be on Thursday’s Air Refueling Operations discussion panel, moderated by Major General Ken Lewis. Colonel Slim Morgan will be on the panel with me.

There will be plenty of copies of Tanker Pilot on sale and available for me to sign.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Young Tiger Tanker Squadron KC-135R landing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan

About the author, Mark Hasara

Author of Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, Mark Hasara is a retired US Air Force pilot with 24 year in the KC-135 airborne tanker. He is a speaker and aviation industry consultant in campaign planning and cockpit architecture. Follow his weekly newsletter “On the Nations DIME”.

24 February Plane Talk

Last Saturday 24 February I had the privilege of speaking at the Hill Aerospace Museum’s Plane Talk series.  About 50 people attended in the rear annex of the Museum. What a great backdrop, an A-10 and F-16 directly behind me as you see in the picture of my son Travis and I on stage. I spoke about my experiences on 9/11, getting woken up at 0550 in the morning to come into work and help create the refueling plan for the fighters defending the west coast. I gave out some pretty incredible numbers… a KC-135R Model takes off on one mission with enough gas to operate your family minivan for 27 years!

The best part of the Plane Talk series was meeting folks reading Tanker Pilot. I signed 20 books and got to talk with many who already owned the book. I enjoy signing books and meeting all of you. Those of you who have read Tanker Pilot are my best business developers, telling others to go out a buy it.

My son Travis and I on the Hill Aerospace Museum stage

Brian from C-SPAN’s Book TV cable channel recorded the event. Brian told me C-SPAN should broadcast this event in two to three weeks. As soon as I know when the air date for Tanker Pilot’s Book TV event will be broadcast, I’ll post it here. Brian did tell me my lecture was one of the more interesting he has done in his four years with C-SPAN.

The great stage backdrop for this past weekend's Plane Talk on Tanker Pilot

I have a couple events coming up. I will be attending this year’s Airlift Tanker Association Symposium in Tucson Arizona the 23rd through the 26th of April. I have been invited to speak at the Boom Symposium at Altus AFB 26th and 27th of April. Hope to see all of you at these upcoming events.

Hill AFB Plane Talk 24 February 2018

On Saturday 24 February I will be speaking at the Hill Aerospace Museum in their Plane Talk series at 1:00 pm. The subject will be my experiences on 9/11, going from fast asleep to full up war in 30 minutes. This event will be recorded by C-SPAN Book TV for a broadcast at a later date on their cable channel. The cost of attending Plane Talk and the museum is free. The museum opens at 10:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm. The Plane Talk event will be held in the back annex of the museum.

Hill AFB Museum flyer for Plane Talk

Hill’s Museum is one of the only places you can go to see all the 1960 Cold War century series fighters in one building. Their McDonnell Douglas F-101 Voodoo is in the paint scheme of the Oregon air national guard, the last place this airplane flew. My Uncle Robert flew the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger right out of pilot training. Robert was in the 509 Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Clark Air Base The Philippines in the early 1960s. The F-102 on display has its weapons bay doors open so you can see the falcon muscles. The Lockheed F-104 looks so fast with it needlelike nose and short stubby wings, nicknamed “the missile with a man in it.”

Cockpit of the SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Hill AFB Museum
Republic F-105D Thunderchief
B-25J Mitchell bomber
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Standing under the Boom of a Utah Air National Guard KC-135E

Come join us for Plane Talk on 24 February at the Hill Aerospace Museum. The Gift Shop will also be selling copies of Tanker Pilot for me to sign.