Leaving A Contrail covers 33 years of my life as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. There were interesting periods, including a tour with 412 Squadron in Ottawa when I flew as Queen Elizabeth’s pilot and also such luminaries as the Queen Mother, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret, and various governors-general. I then spent two years as a military attaché in Prague when Czechoslovakia was a communist state, and amongst other things, was detained and held by their security police.
Service with the Air Force was special because of the opportunity to work with the truly dedicated members this service attracted. It was all part of an exciting career and I want to share these experiences with you.
Review – by Vic Johnson, Editor of Airforce Magazine
The author is Col Michael Zrymiak, OMM, CD (Ret), a Saskatchewan farm boy cum air force pilot, staff officer and commander who spent 33 years at a variety of locations including 17 years in Ottawa. This book sums up an interesting and rewarding career which included a tour with 412 “VIP” Squadron in Ottawa flying royalty and senior politicians around the world. He also spent two tours in Europe, first in Lahr, Germany and later as military attaché in Prague, and finally, command of CFB Edmonton.
The author expresses many closely-held opinions on the DND HQ hierarchy, enforced bilingualism, the effect of “human rights” on Canada’s military and other controversial subjects based on his many years at the “Head Shed” in Ottawa. This book is written in a breezy, easy-to-read style and flows from one posting to the next.
To buy this book:
Available from me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also available at Black Bond Books, and the Canadian Museum of Flight, Langley BC airport