About Kevin McDonald

After earning a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, KEVIN McDONALD was commissioned into the United States Navy in 1982. Two years later, he graduated at the top of his Navy flight-school class and spent the next eight years flying as a naval aviator.

In 1992, during the drawdown that followed the First Gulf War, he left the Navy and became a public-safety  helicopter pilot for Travis County STAR Flight in Austin, Texas. By the time his career ended in 2012, he had flown more missions, logged more hours, and completed more rescues than any pilot in the history of the program.

His first book, Life Inside the Dead Man’s Curve, is a white-knuckle narrative about his thirty-five-year career in the cockpit and became a #1 bestseller in Amazon’s aviation biographies category. His latest book, A Nation Interrupted, is a thrilling fictional ride through an alternate 20th century.

Now retired from flying, he lives with his wife in Austin, where he continues to write about his two greatest passions–aviation and history.