Thomas Wolf, the author of The Right Stuff has flown west at the age of 87. Many aviators were inspired after reading the book, The Right Stuff, to seek out the sky. It also became an Oscar winning feature film, reaching even more future pilots.
Personally, Tom Wolf’s work first inspired me when I was a Midshipman at the University of Missouri. A copy was passed around the unit until it was dog eared. The movie came out when I was flying TA-4Js in flight school, seeing an A-4 Skyhawk trap aboard was my favorite part. Tom Wolf, and family influence led me to Naval Aviation, Flight test, writing the Aviator Series and so much more. There were many other influences (The Blue Max), but The Right Stuff will always stand out.