In Safe Landings, Fran McGraw has woven a chronicle of her life as the wife of an aviator in the United States Army. She speaks of places her husband has been, with her and their children most of the time, and the joys and pains they experienced as they navigated the unique adventure of military life.
But this book is mostly about Ms. McGraw's life as a military spouse. Descriptions of the places they have lived are richly detailed, as are the lasting friendships they made during her husband's aviation career.
It is apparent that Ms. McGraw's family is bound by love and a deep Christian faith. She speaks of how their faith has been called upon whenever a difficult decision has to be made, or when life has brought troubling or troublesome, events. Through the years of their marriage, and the rearing of their children, their faith never wavered, and it was instrumental in helping create the successful life they have.
Safe Landings contains enough information about military life to make it a good choice for anyone who might be considering a military career. It will also be a nostalgic journey for someone who has known similar experiences.
Reviewed by: Larry Wikoff (2011)
A heart-warming memoir of an aviator's wife and her successful fifty-year marriage that endured numerous separations and frequent locations related to military service and her husband's insatiable desire to fly. There are vivid descriptions of military quarters and family situations during assignments that included a 3-year tour in Italy, Alabama (4 times), Arizona (3), Georgia (2), New Jersey (2), North Carolina, Hawaii, and New Mexico (2) where the family lived during the Vietnam War years.