LCDR Leland C Shanle Jr. USN (Ret)
Leland Shanle is a pilot, award winning author, and military/aviation technical adviser for the movie industry. His consulting projects include Pearl Harbor, Behind Enemy Lines, xXx, The Day After Tomorrow and Stealth. His production company—Broken Wing Productions—has worked on several aviation-based movies and series including the Discovery Curiosity Series; Plane Crash.
Shanle is the author of four books; Project Seven Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, and ENDGAME in the Pacific and Code Name: Infamy. He has also written for Aerospace Testing International Magazine and as a Contributing Editor to Airways Magazine. Shanle has adapted his book, Project 7 Alpha into a screenplay for a major motion picture studio.
Shanle’s lifelong interest in Aviation is a family legacy. His Grandfather was in the airline industry in the 1920s and two uncles (Bob USAF, Larry USN) were combat military aviators. Shanle flew naval aircraft in 10 squadrons; including the F-4 Phantom II, EA-6B Prowler and TA-4 Skyhawk. Attached to CAG 5, 11 and 1 cruising on the USS Midway, America and Lincoln; Leland flew 80 missions over the war torn skies of Bosnia, Somalia, and Iraq.
He got into the flight test world when transferred to VX-30, Naval Weapons Test Center Point Mugu. He flew as a Project Officer on various test programs and was the Squadron Operations Officer. Shanle also attended the Project Officer/Engineers and the Out of Control Flight courses at National Test Pilot School. He was inducted as a Full Member in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) in 1998.
Closing out his Naval Aviation career with 600 carrier landings (200 night) on 11 different carriers; he continues his Aviation career with American Airlines.