The Last Flight, the latest highly-anticipated HISTORY / Military / Aviation book from Brooklyn, NY

Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The Last Flight: A Pilot Remembers the Air force & the Biafran Air Attacks by Captain August Okpe, which is the author's most recent book to date.
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April 11, 2011 - PRLog -- A Nigerian Air Force aircraft executing military flight manoeuvres and violent aerobatics crashes over Ibadan, Nigeria and sets off unprecedented accusations, recriminations and suspicions of acts of sabotage, treachery and betrayal perpetrated by the German Air Force group in Nigeria.

A clutch of dissidents from across the Niger boards a Benin – Lagos flight and diverts it to land at Enugu airport in a quick well coordinated broad day light skyjack. It was the first violent airplane snatch in Nigeria.

A German Corporal, ignoring military protocol because of irreconcilable prejudice fails to salute a Nigerian Lieutenant thereby provoking intra-service hierarchical chaos in the German-run NAF.

These are but a few of the multitude of expose and revelations the author copiously chronicles in his THE LAST FLIGHT. Writing from the vantage position of being a part of the nucleus and foundation member of the Nigerian Air Force and later an active air combatant in the Nigeria-Biafra air-war, Captain August Okpe has given a robust and exciting account as well as some incredible perspectives of the political and military intrigues on both sides of the divide. He left nothing to the imagination in giving the account of the genesis and inception of the NAF while highlighting subsequent activities – the routine, the awesome or the spectacular, as the case may be - of the corporate body in its formative years right up till the beginning of hostilities. Then, he commences to treat the air-war most impressively.

Revealing facts and figures the world did not know of before have been painstakingly chronicled while pictures never seen before are also colourfully depicted.


About the Author
 
 
Captain August Okpe, who hails from Ihiagwa, Owerri in Imo State was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

He enjoyed the privilege of academic and professional training at Government College Umuahia, Nigeria; The Central Officers School, Royal Canadian Air Force, Centralia, Ontario, Canada; The Royal Canadian Air Force Flight School, Penhold, Alberta, Canada; The Royal Canadian Air Force Flight Instructors School, Moose-Jaw, Saskatchewan; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. The United States Air Force Flight Safety Centre, Valdosta, Georgia; The Boeing Airplane Flight School, Seattle, Washington; The British Airways Flight School, Gatwick, UK; and Cranfield University, Bedfordforshire, UK.

Captain Okpe was part of the nucleus and, indeed, foundation member of the Nigerian Air Force which was established early 1963. But the NAF along with the country went through a serious upheaval in the Nigerian Crisis of 1966 that led to the flight of Easterners to the East and the subsequent establishment of the Eastern Command component of the Nigerian Armed Forces in Enugu, in Eastern Nigeria.
 
In addition to his appointment as the Chief Flight Safety Officer & Air Accident Investigator, NAF Headquarters, Captain Okpe operated a variety of aircraft for the NAF, the Eastern Command and later Biafra before and during the war. As the de facto Biafran Chief Pilot, he later commanded the Tactical Air Command that won world-wide acclaim in its attempt to tip the balance in the war, which the Biafran regime unfortunately could not sustain for too long. For that and other meritorious services in the course of his prosecution of the war through unconventional military aviation tactics, Biafra honoured him with all the national awards possible at the time including the prestigious Military Cross.

In consideration of Captain Okpe’s spectacular aerial campaigns and punitive missions (economic damage and strategic bombings of military installations) against Nigeria, the Military Tribunal set up by the Federal Military Government of Nigeria late 1970, understandably, did not recommend him to be recalled to the Armed Forces of post war Nigeria along with some of his peers.

Captain Okpe, however, has been granted a Presidential Pardon vide Government Notice Gazette No. 40 Vol. 90 of 18th May 2006, whereupon his dismissal from the Armed Forces of Nigeria got commuted to retirement with full benefits, rights and privileges with effect from 29th May 2000.



The Okpe family is very military to the core. Captain Okpe’s father fought in the World War II, while the Captain’s eldest son, August Okpe ll, is a much decorated US Army combatant officer of the Operation Desert Storm fame. His grand son, August Okpe lll, is expected to become a Sub-marine Commander some day !



After leaving the NAF, Captain Okpe went on to the civil flight schools in the UK and USA to convert to become a civil pilot whereupon he joined the Nigeria Airways where he was later appointed fleet Captain and, subsequently, the Chief Pilot in 1985.



By the time he retired from Nigeria Airways in June 1999 and later as Director and Specialist Air Accident Investigator for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Captain Okpe had flown as Captain or Instructor Pilot, in war and peace, a large number of the aircraft types the Western World had produced including but not limited to the T33, T37, DC3, F27 F28, B737, The Airbus A310-200 wide-body jet and the, Douglas DC-10-30, Jumbo Jet and had recorded over 15,000 hours of Military and Civil flight time to destinations domestic, regional or intercontinental as far afield to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, and Asia.



The Captain, in a well articulated synergy of Flight Operations and Corporate Affairs, optimized command and control in a multi-faceted aviation administration as a senior member of the airline management. Not surprisingly, therefore, he headed the Nigeria Airways Projects Implementation Task Force while also juggling with the additional responsibility as the Chairman Disciplinary Committee, Nigeria Airways.



A published poet and an ardent classicist, Captain Okpe, who is a widower with four grown children and grand children, is a member of quite a few professional bodies including IFALPAN (International Federation of Air Line Pilots and Navigators). He subscribes to a lot of charities (Veterans Welfare, The Legion, Global Foundation For Orphaned Children), enjoys tennis, classical music, the beaches and, when possible, quality socializing.
 
 

 
 
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