Mudslingers: A True Story of Aerial Firefighting (An American Origins Story) (Hardcover)

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The unique history of aerial firefighting as seen through the eyes of a pilot, former Navy SEAL, and current owner of one of the most successful aerial firefighting companies in the world.

Blending historical context and first-person narrative, Mudslingers tells the dramatic and colorful story of aerial firefighting in America, as seen through the eyes of a decorated former Navy SEAL, US Naval Academy graduate, firefighting pilot, and businessman who founded Montana-based Bridger Aerospace, one of the most successful aerial firefighting teams in the world. Part narrative nonfiction, part memoir, Mudslingers is a riveting account of one person’s journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to the front lines of a different but no less important battle on the home front—the war against the escalating threat of wildfire.

From the early days of the B-17 to the modern fleets of the twenty-first century, Tim Sheehy will take you on a ride through the history of aerial firefighting—the most hazardous and demanding aviation mission in the world. Mudslingers is a rollicking read, an enlightening journey, and a call to action for anyone who believes wildfires are not only one of the greatest threats facing modern civilization but a threat that has long been underestimated, misunderstood, and poorly addressed, despite repeated examples of bravery and innovation by those who choose to do battle with the flames.

Indeed, save for a few historic military engagements in the twentieth century, there is not a sustained aviation mission anywhere that comes close to encompassing the danger, precision, and unforgiving nature of aerial firefighting.

In telling this story, Sheehy takes readers into the cockpit and into the lives of his fellow pilots—past and present—as they struggle with the seemingly never-ending threat of wildfires. One hundred percent of author proceeds from this book are donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and the United Aerial Firefighters Association.

About the Author

Tim Sheehy is the founder and CEO of Bridger Aerospace, one of the leading aerial firefighting companies in the world, where seaplanes and other aircraft are used daily to save lives.

Tim is the survivor of a fatal seaplane training crash and strives every day to instill safety and effectiveness in his aviation teams. Prior to founding Bridger, Tim served in the US Navy as a Navy SEAL officer and team leader, completing several combat deployments around the world. He is a recipient of multiple decorations for combat valor and the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle. Tim is also an honor graduate of the US Army Ranger School and is a certified mini-submarine pilot and navigator. He is an active firefighting pilot, flying the CL-415EAF on the front lines of America’s wildfire battle.

Tim lives on his Montana ranch with his amazing wife, Carmen, and their four awesome kids. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798888452059
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publication Date: December 12th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English