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     Sam McGowan     

                      Pima Air Museum
                                                                     Sam McGowan standing in front of a C-130A at the Pima Air Museum in February, 2004

(Yes, that is an A-model. Most of the A-models were modified in the mid-70s after they went to the Reserves, including conversion to 4-bladed props. This particular airplane was with the Tennessee Air National Guard in Nashville before it went to the Boneyard and then across the road to the Pima Air Museum.)

Order autographed copies of my books - Book Page
(I can accept credit cards or PayPal.)

 The Troop Carrier Story (Slide Show)

Sam McGowan's Commercial Page, including AMAZON Store

Sam McGowan on Amazon.com

Order Sam McGowan's books direct from CreateSpace

My books are also available from Barnes and Noble and on Nook!  

About my writing

Do you enjoy reading, especially about C-130 and Airlift History? Check out my Book List/Store - I've listed every airlift-related book I know about, along with links to Amazon.com. (Email me with any I haven't listed.)

I am FIGHTING MAD about the Perry indictment - read what I have to say on the subject - Texas Political Farce
My Links
About Me
AMSOIL Dealer Site - AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are they best money can buy. AMSOIL reduces fuel consumption and prolongs the life of engines and equipment.
Ronda's Realty Site - Ronda is a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens  Gary Greene in Sugar Land, Texas
Airlift History
 My Dad and Uncle served with Eighth Air Force in England, flying B-24 Liberators 
 My AMAZON  Aviation  Store -  Aviation books and other aviation-related items available  through  Amazon.
My Commercial Page - go there for interesting things you can buy. There are "widgets" for Amazon.com's hottest sales! Keep an eye on the "Lightning Sale" widget for some amazing deals.
Vote Raleigh!!
Barbecue - I grew up in rural West Tennessee, right in the heart of barbecue country. There is no better barbecue found anywhere!
The 1940s Air Terminal Museum is in the process of restoration. They have great monthly events!
Erle Bjorke - Erle's daughter Kristine is a friend of ours. Her dad died at Khe Sanh in 1967.  
Sam's C-130 Page
World War II History
Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association - If you are a veteran of the US Air Force troop carrier, tactical airlift or combat airlift mission, you should belong!
 My AMAZON A-Store - Go here to buy books and other things I recommend. Including copies of my out-of-print book The C-130 Hercules, Tactical Airlift Missions, 1956-1975! 
C-119 Crash -  In February, 1954 when I  was eight years old, a C-119 Flying Boxcar flown by a local boy who had become a USAF pilot, crashed just outside the county seat. I've obtained a copy of the accident report and am reporting it here.
My Political Comments - Yes, I have political views and I'm not afraid to express them.
My thoughts on the disappearance of Holly Bobo from near my home in West Tennessee. After three years, two suspects have been charged with her kidnapping and murder! (Sadly, Miss Bobo's partial remains, including her skull, were discovered by ginseng hunters on Sunday September 7. The skull has been identified as hers.)
Pappy Gunn - When I was a young boy, I first heard about Col. Paul I. "Pappy" Gunn from a book my dad had picked up at Dyersburg Army Air Field after WW II. I am priviledged to be friends with his youngest son. Pappy Gunn is a true American hero and his family's story is the American story of World War II.
Airlift/C-130 Books and Book Store - A collection of airlift related books, with links to their pages on Amazon.com.
On May 23, 1968 Sgt Paul Meyer, a C-130 crew chief, stole his airplane. Read the Incident Report here.
Samantha is a friend of ours - her dad took a lot of the Vietnam airlift pictures. She has a Scrapbooking web site. Check it out!
On April 29, 2013 a Boeing 747-400 crashed after takeoff from Bagram Airport, Afghanistan with the loss off all on board. The terrible tragedy was captured by a video camera. I have posted my thoughts on this accident at Bagram Accident.
The loser Houston Texans could have taken college football legend Johnny Manziel in the #1 draft pick they "earned" by being the worst team in the NFL - My thoughts on Clowney, Manziel and the Texans.
An article about my relative, Thomas B. Utley, a Confederate Cavalryman during the War of Secession





Last Updated February 25, 2015