A YOUNG FEMALE NAVY TEST PILOT IS PUSHED TO THE LIMIT TO BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY MACH 7, 4500 MILES PER HOUR, FROM THE SECRET GROOM LAKE AIR BASE IN NEVADA. HER UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY ON HER FIRST “SPOOK” MISSION OF A NEW TERRORIST ENCLAVE ENRAGES THE WAHHABI al FURAN, WHO PLOT TO KILL HER!
Selected by a powerful Congresswoman to be the first woman to fly Taurora, a billion dollar spyplane, Lieutenant Teresa O’Brien faces constant hostility at the male dominated base. The three resident test pilots don’t intend to coddle a woman neophyte with only 1900 flight hours who has been forced into their ranks. How to sink her career requires clever planning and Major Rick McQuilkin is assigned the task.
McQuilkin meets O’Brien and, instead of the expected female wrestler type, he finds an attractive young woman with a friendly smile. With several years experience flying off Navy aircraft carriers, she proves a capable and quick learner. This upsets his plans to kick her out of the program because of flying deficiencies. Terri in turn discovers that Rick is hiding deep scars from his bitter split with Sheila, a long time girl friend, and, has as well a medical problem that could ground him.
An Al Qaeda assassin, poised to kill O’Brien,is thwarted by a stranger’s intervention. The CIA/FBI team investigating the failed assassination receives hints of a more lethal mission. A young hooker, servicing a Saudi Prince, reports that seven jihad warriors are preparing a night attack on the secret base to kill the test pilots and blow up the three billion dollar spy planes.
Although Tango Trajectory is a novel, the plane, Taurora, is based on an actual Mach 7 plane first revealed to the American public by an article in the Wall Street Journal in 1992.
The author, a former Navy test pilot, holds two official transcontinental speed records, Los Angeles-New York and New York-Los Angeles, and was one of the first contenders in the Mercury astronaut program.