George J. Marrett was an experimental test pilot for Hughes Aircraft Company from 1969 to 1989. Prior to employment with Hughes, George J. Marrett served in the U.S. Air Force and flew the F-86L SabreJet at the Moody AFB, Georgia, the F-101B Voodoo at Hamilton AFB, California, and attended the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California. In 1968 and 1969 he flew the Douglas A-1 Skyraider as a Sandy rescue pilot in the 602nd Fighter Squadron (Commando) in Thailand, completing 188 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. A native of Grand Island, Nebraska, Marrett is a 1957 graduate of Iowa State University in Ames. He now lives with his wife, Jan, in California, USA where he flies his 1945 Stinson L-5E Sentinel for air shows all over the state.
A masterful study of one of aviation s most enigmatic, mysterious,
and fascinating figures. Thoroughly researched, cogent, and written
in a vivid style, George Marrett s book is an extraordinary
accomplishment, a must for anyone interested in Hughes and his
remarkable contributions to aviation technology and air transport.
Dr. Richard P. Hallion former Lindbergh Professor of Aerospace
History, Smithsonian Institution
Very engrossing, informative, and well written . . . covers all aviation related aspects of this outstanding but erratic flier s fascinating and ultimately tragic life. Donald S. Lopez, Deputy Director, National Air and Space Museum