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5.0 out of 5 starsA Tiger Unleashed!
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
The book, as written, is an overview of General Schneider’s experiences told in chronological succession. Each story rivets your attention but flawlessly transitions the reader from one experience to the next. His explanations of the use of air power in both Korea and Vietnam and how it tactically differed, and the part he played in each conflict, is most interesting. The array of individuals with whom he was associated in his career, such as Buzz Aldrin, Jimmy Dean, future President George H. W. Bush and General Curtis Lemay were all “successful players” in their own right. This book is not written for “self glorification,” but simply the recounting of both peace and wartime experiences for the reading pleasure of others. The military career of General Schneider totally exhibits the principle of personal integrity. From humble beginnings, he learned at an early age the value of hard work to achieve self-set goals. By capitalizing on each opportunity presented, with intelligence and dedication, he molded himself into an Officer of eclectic knowledge and purpose. In old jargon, we would say he “pulled himself up by his bootstraps.” There is no question but that this Officer was destined to be an outstanding asset to the United States Air Force and fulfill the goals of a young farm boy with his “head in the clouds.”
5.0 out of 5 stars"Aim High" within these pages and touch the stars with Gen. Schneider
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2017
To have this extraordinary tiny chunk of history is unbelievable. The stories Gen. Schneider tells, are humorous and at times very serious. After finishing this amazing book, I was moved to go outside and gaze at the vast night sky...with thoughts of all the open skies across the world that he flew...some open, some infiltrated with enemy aircraft that was shooting at him and his brothers. Gen Schneider is a National treasure, a treasure to the Veteran community, and a special treasure to his friends and family. It was an honor to ride shotgun as his passenger navigating the pages of this remarkable book, as he navigated the skies. Thank you General Schneider, for sharing your vast world and experiences for those of us warriors who came behind you. It is an honor, privilege and blessing to be a part of your world. You are a true pioneer of the jets you flew and a one of kind man.
5.0 out of 5 starsStraightforward honest biography
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2017
I am a retired Air National Guard Tech Sgt and member of the Air Force Association. I wrote to Air Force magazine years ago and Carl, a complete, called me to provide an answer. I have sin e had many interesting conversations and Carl has told me of several Vietnam War POWs he knew, including George "Bud" Day, James Kasler, and the recently deceased Leo Thorsness (Both George Day and Leo.Thorsness were Medal of Honor recipients). On one ANG eeekend I was browsing through an Airman magazine. It contained an article about Air Force Korean War veterans who returned to South Korea. Included was a Major General Carl Schneider. In all the discussions I had with Carl, he never insinuated that he was a retired Major General. The book "Jet Pioneer" covers Carl's Air Force career from when Carl joined the Army Air Air Force in 1946 (There was no Air Force then) One gets a straightforward biography that covers his good times and bad, starting with launching two aircraft without clearance from Operations, a move Carl thought would ruin his career, but, luckily it tuned out to be a move that brought praise from a Colonel. He retired as a Major General in 1978, covering many changes in the Air Force. "Jet Pioneer" is an easy read and highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 starsA "Wheels up" adventure of great airman.
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2017
This a great story of by a man who dearly loves and serves his country. It is a history story. Carl takes you from his very modest beginnings which included his first sight of a plane flying by a field he was working in. What follows is a remarkable career where he accomplished much and was truly a pioneer in not only jet flying but many difficult foreign assignments where he was again one of the first. Carl teaches the reader a lesson in his career. What he saw he wanted he asked the right people to help him. I call his attitude one of "respectfully aggressive." Carl has taken those same attributes in service to aiding military veterans. He is tireless in his efforts. Enjoy this great history lesson and military career of a great airman.
This book is about a man who started his Air Force career as an enlisted private and ended his career as a major general. General Schneider describes his career in the Air Force with detail and humor and makes the reader understand the hardships our service men and women and their families endure by moving from station to station, combat zone to combat zone . The author's love of flying , his determination and his can do attitude is woven through out the book. At the end of the book , General Schneider lists, " Life's Lessons I've Learned" , which is good advice to all and especially young people. I whole heartly recommend this book to you.
5.0 out of 5 starsImpressive man, astounding career!
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2017
I can't remember when I have read such a riveting account of one man's career! From buck private to Major General, this Air Force pilot set high goals for himself and then, with gusto, determination, and an unwavering confidence, he achieved and surpassed them all. Throughout, Gen. Schneider's faith carries him through each daunting (and sometimes, life- threatening) challenge. This faith is rewarded with Devine intervention, as time and again he escapes a harrowing fate.
I greatly enjoyed Jet Pioneer, a Fighter Pilot's Memoir because it was a great mixture of personal experiences and factual reminder of history in the places Carl Schneider had served. HIs story showed how a positive and can-do attitude gets things done. Early experience as a leader and making the right decisions set his progression thru the ranks. A good lesson for showing how volunteering begets excitement and positive results. I recommend it for anyone wondering how the early jet age was really like.