John M. Lowery



Preferred Name:
John

Nickname/Call Sign: Panther

Date of Birth: February 23, 1929

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Biography

John Lowery has been a flight instructor since 1961. He first soloed a Piper J-3 Cub on June 4, 1944 at age 16.
Then, after graduating from Auburn University in 1951, he spent 23 years in the USAF flying a variety of high performance aircraft. During a brief break in service in late 1955 he flew DC-3s for Western Airlines as a First Officer. He returned to the Air Force and subsequently lived and flew all over the world. Following his retirement from the Air Force in January 1975, he spent the next 24 years as a practicing flight instructor and FAA-Designated Pilot Proficiency Examiner in the Sabreliner corporate jet. In addition he was for some time a Pilot Examiner in the King Air turbo-prop series and various light airplanes.
Mr. Lowery holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with numerous type ratings, a Commercial with single and multi-engine sea ratings and an instrument/multi-engine flight instructors’ certificate. In the process he accumulated more than 13,500 flying hours. Concurrently he earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and taught for ERAU as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science at the University’s night campus at McClellan A.F.B California, teaching both graduate and under-graduate courses in Corporate Aviation Management and Aircraft Accident Investigation. He remains active today as an aviation writer and consultant in selected aircraft accidents.
Books by the author include Anatomy of a Spin published by Airguide Publications, and Professional Pilot,First and Second Editions, published originally by Iowa State University Press, now published and distributed by ASA. (1)
John Lowery has lived in nine countries and hunted extensively worldwide – including the gravel plain of Libyan Sahara and South East Asia. The book represents both his experience and extensive research.(2)
 
(1) source: http://www.spoke.com/people/john-lowery-3e1429c09e597c10061af483
(2) source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1199568.John_Lowery

Units Assigned

  • 1951 Entered USAF
  • 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Quality Control, Flight Test (F-100)
  • 1/1975 Retired USAF

  

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1951  Auburn University
  • MS/Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

John is a veteran Air Force fighter pilot and freelance writer. He is author of
five books on aircraft performance and aviation safety.  He also writes articles for Air Force Magazine. Here are some links
Article Lt No https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/MagazineArchive/Documents/2012/July%202012/0712ltno.pdf

Life In The Wild Blue Yonder: Jet Fighter pilot stories from the Cold War by John Lowery

This book is the “rest of the story” of jet fighter pilot life as introduced by Tom Wolfe in his best seller, “The Right Stuff.” While Wolfe’s book concerned test pilots, this one provides an inside look at the very hazardous life of jet fighter pilots during the 1950s and 1960s; a period during which the author served. As the stories show, it was an interesting and challenging era, interspersed for some by long periods of great anguish, and sudden death for many others. You’ll read how the F-4 Phantom, with its sophisticated equipment ended the era of mano-a-mano dog fighting and ushered in electronic and missile air-warfare. There’s also the story of defective bomb fuzes that were causing the bombs dropped by Phantoms in Vietnam to explode shortly after release. This cost the Air Force eight F-4E Phantoms and sixteen aircrew -members, before the cause was identified and corrected. Included too is the heartbreaking revelation of our airmen captured in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, but never repatriated. Some were kept for intelligence exploitation and others for “$4 billion in reconstruction and unconditional assistance.” Included is the revelation of Fidel Castro’s April 1972 visit to his engineering battalion tasked with maintaining the road near the border of North and South Vietnam. Following this 17 American airmen POWs were transferred from Hanoi to Havana for medical experiments in torture techniques. For obvious reasons, none of these were repatriated. Included is the story of a promising young Air Force test pilot school student who was killed in a zoom-climb maneuver to the edge of the earth’s atmosphere. With his entire TPS class watching on closed circuit TV as he passed through 63,000 feet the glove his space suit disconnected and the suit depressurized, killing him almost instantly. Finally you’ll read the story of ” Warrior-General John L. Piotrowski. This son of Polish immigrants started his career and an airman basic electronics technician and retired as the Commander of USAF’s Space Command. (available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Life-Wild-Blue-Yonder-Fighter/dp/1479100137/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Lowery%2C+John&qid=1579102528&sr=8-2)

A Pilot's Accident Review: An in-depth look at high-profile accidents that shaped aviation rules and proceduresA Pilot’s Accident Review: An in-depth look at high-profile accidents that shaped aviation rules and procedures by John Lowery and William B. Scott

In A Pilot’s Accident Review, starting on the premise that we often learn best by reviewing the mistakes of others, author John Lowery compiles an in-depth analysis of high-profile—as well as some not so well-known—aviation accidents. He illustrates the potential dangers during each phase of flight and the psychology behind pilot error, effectively demonstrating how a chain of errors, often originating from a pilot’s support team, can lead to fatal crashes. Lowery discusses at length the JFK, Jr. and Concorde accidents, and those involving Frank Sinatra’s mother, Reba McIntire’s band, John Denver and Wiley Post.

Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies (Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics & PIC Strategies)

Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies (Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics & PIC Strategies) by John Lowery

ProfessionalJohn Lowery’s “Professional Pilot” is about decision making: that is, the element that sets the captain apart from the rest of the crew. It is filled with the kind of insightful tips, stories, facts and mythbusting that will change how you operate as PIC. Far from your typical textbook on aerodynamics and systems, this book takes you right up front to learn from a master turbine pilot who has been there. Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies 

Anatomy of a Spin: A Complete Guide of the Stall-Spin Phenomenon

Anatomy of a Spin: A Complete Guide of the Stall-Spin Phenomenon by John Lowery

A comprehensive study of stall-spin phenomena. Written by John Lowery, highly experienced in both pilot training and aircraft flight testing, this book emphasizes NASA data on stalls and spins in general-aviation aircraft. Broadening the scope are interviews with factory test pilots together with data from aircraft manufacturers. Added to these are the author’s own extensive experience in both high-performance and general-aviation aircraft. Anatomy of a Spin has many high-quality diagrams and photographs, and also offers a comprehensive explanation of why there is no “standard recovery” from a spin.

Biography

Biography

John Lowery has been a flight instructor since 1961. He first soloed a Piper J-3 Cub on June 4, 1944 at age 16.
Then, after graduating from Auburn University in 1951, he spent 23 years in the USAF flying a variety of high performance aircraft. During a brief break in service in late 1955 he flew DC-3s for Western Airlines as a First Officer. He returned to the Air Force and subsequently lived and flew all over the world. Following his retirement from the Air Force in January 1975, he spent the next 24 years as a practicing flight instructor and FAA-Designated Pilot Proficiency Examiner in the Sabreliner corporate jet. In addition he was for some time a Pilot Examiner in the King Air turbo-prop series and various light airplanes.
Mr. Lowery holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with numerous type ratings, a Commercial with single and multi-engine sea ratings and an instrument/multi-engine flight instructors’ certificate. In the process he accumulated more than 13,500 flying hours. Concurrently he earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and taught for ERAU as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science at the University’s night campus at McClellan A.F.B California, teaching both graduate and under-graduate courses in Corporate Aviation Management and Aircraft Accident Investigation. He remains active today as an aviation writer and consultant in selected aircraft accidents.
Books by the author include Anatomy of a Spin published by Airguide Publications, and Professional Pilot,First and Second Editions, published originally by Iowa State University Press, now published and distributed by ASA. (1)
John Lowery has lived in nine countries and hunted extensively worldwide – including the gravel plain of Libyan Sahara and South East Asia. The book represents both his experience and extensive research.(2)
 
(1) source: http://www.spoke.com/people/john-lowery-3e1429c09e597c10061af483
(2) source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1199568.John_Lowery

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1951 Entered USAF
  • 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Quality Control, Flight Test (F-100)
  • 1/1975 Retired USAF

  

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1951  Auburn University
  • MS/Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
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Books and Articles by John Lowery

John is a veteran Air Force fighter pilot and freelance writer. He is author of
five books on aircraft performance and aviation safety.  He also writes articles for Air Force Magazine. Here are some links
Article Lt No https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/MagazineArchive/Documents/2012/July%202012/0712ltno.pdf

Life In The Wild Blue Yonder: Jet Fighter pilot stories from the Cold War by John Lowery

This book is the “rest of the story” of jet fighter pilot life as introduced by Tom Wolfe in his best seller, “The Right Stuff.” While Wolfe’s book concerned test pilots, this one provides an inside look at the very hazardous life of jet fighter pilots during the 1950s and 1960s; a period during which the author served. As the stories show, it was an interesting and challenging era, interspersed for some by long periods of great anguish, and sudden death for many others. You’ll read how the F-4 Phantom, with its sophisticated equipment ended the era of mano-a-mano dog fighting and ushered in electronic and missile air-warfare. There’s also the story of defective bomb fuzes that were causing the bombs dropped by Phantoms in Vietnam to explode shortly after release. This cost the Air Force eight F-4E Phantoms and sixteen aircrew -members, before the cause was identified and corrected. Included too is the heartbreaking revelation of our airmen captured in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, but never repatriated. Some were kept for intelligence exploitation and others for “$4 billion in reconstruction and unconditional assistance.” Included is the revelation of Fidel Castro’s April 1972 visit to his engineering battalion tasked with maintaining the road near the border of North and South Vietnam. Following this 17 American airmen POWs were transferred from Hanoi to Havana for medical experiments in torture techniques. For obvious reasons, none of these were repatriated. Included is the story of a promising young Air Force test pilot school student who was killed in a zoom-climb maneuver to the edge of the earth’s atmosphere. With his entire TPS class watching on closed circuit TV as he passed through 63,000 feet the glove his space suit disconnected and the suit depressurized, killing him almost instantly. Finally you’ll read the story of ” Warrior-General John L. Piotrowski. This son of Polish immigrants started his career and an airman basic electronics technician and retired as the Commander of USAF’s Space Command. (available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Life-Wild-Blue-Yonder-Fighter/dp/1479100137/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Lowery%2C+John&qid=1579102528&sr=8-2)

A Pilot's Accident Review: An in-depth look at high-profile accidents that shaped aviation rules and proceduresA Pilot’s Accident Review: An in-depth look at high-profile accidents that shaped aviation rules and procedures by John Lowery and William B. Scott

In A Pilot’s Accident Review, starting on the premise that we often learn best by reviewing the mistakes of others, author John Lowery compiles an in-depth analysis of high-profile—as well as some not so well-known—aviation accidents. He illustrates the potential dangers during each phase of flight and the psychology behind pilot error, effectively demonstrating how a chain of errors, often originating from a pilot’s support team, can lead to fatal crashes. Lowery discusses at length the JFK, Jr. and Concorde accidents, and those involving Frank Sinatra’s mother, Reba McIntire’s band, John Denver and Wiley Post.

Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies (Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics & PIC Strategies)

Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies (Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics & PIC Strategies) by John Lowery

ProfessionalJohn Lowery’s “Professional Pilot” is about decision making: that is, the element that sets the captain apart from the rest of the crew. It is filled with the kind of insightful tips, stories, facts and mythbusting that will change how you operate as PIC. Far from your typical textbook on aerodynamics and systems, this book takes you right up front to learn from a master turbine pilot who has been there. Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies 

Anatomy of a Spin: A Complete Guide of the Stall-Spin Phenomenon

Anatomy of a Spin: A Complete Guide of the Stall-Spin Phenomenon by John Lowery

A comprehensive study of stall-spin phenomena. Written by John Lowery, highly experienced in both pilot training and aircraft flight testing, this book emphasizes NASA data on stalls and spins in general-aviation aircraft. Broadening the scope are interviews with factory test pilots together with data from aircraft manufacturers. Added to these are the author’s own extensive experience in both high-performance and general-aviation aircraft. Anatomy of a Spin has many high-quality diagrams and photographs, and also offers a comprehensive explanation of why there is no “standard recovery” from a spin.

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