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Books by George W. Kohn

  • Vector to Destiny: Journey of a Vietnam F-4 Fighter Pilot

    Vector to Destiny: Journey of a Vietnam F-4 Fighter Pilot goes beyond the classic Vietnam war story to give you some insight into what it was like to grow up on a farm with a big dream. George’s journey takes you from farm fields in Wisconsin to the skies over Vietnam in F-4 fighter jets. Share his struggles, failures, and exhilarations as he moves along his path toward destiny. His story is filled with riveting accounts of missions flown by a fighter pilot into intense enemy resistance. Along the way, there were indications of divine intervention. The reception upon returning home from the war was less than desirable. Understanding the plight of Vietnam veterans is a prelude to respecting the contributions of 2.4 million Americans who have fought to preserve the freedoms we cherish.


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Colonel George W. Kohn, USAF (Ret.) flew the US Air Force's F-4s from Danang Air Base, Vietnam, in 1970. He completed 201 combat missions and was awarded the air medal and the distinguished flying cross with two oak leaf clusters. He is a graduate of the USAF Air War College, the University of Wisconsin with a master of science degree in cartography, and the University of Southern California Flying Safety program. He published The Scientific Method in Mishap Investigation, which was distributed worldwide in the USAF safety officer publication. A former commander of the 440th Airlift Wing in the Air Force Reserve and an airline pilot, he retired from flying in 2003. He has given numerous presentations on military and farming topics. George and his wife, Sandy, started West Star Organics in 1993, a successful certified organic greenhouse business that grows and markets bedding plants throughout the Midwest. Located near Madison, Wisconsin, it is now owned and operated by their son. Vector to Destiny is George's first book, but it will not be his last.