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Byron Edgington

Byron Edgington was a commercial & military helicopter pilot for 50 years. An award-winning writer, he is the author of several books including The Sky Behind Me: a Memoir of Flying and Life, A Vietnam Anthem: What the War Gave Me, Waiting for Willie Pete, a Novel of Vietnam, and PostFlight: An Old Pilot’s Logbook. Edgington served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot, including a yearlong tour in Vietnam. After the war, he became a commercial pilot, and flew all over the world, including 20 years of air medical flying in Iowa, news & traffic flying in several U.S. cities, a stint as a corporate helicopter pilot, and three years flying tours on the island of Kauai. After retiring from aviation in 2005, he returned to college and received his Bachelor's Degree in English and creative writing from The Ohio State University at age 63. In 2012 Edgington won the prestigious Bailey Prize in non-fiction from the Swedenborg Foundation Press for his essay titled ‘Lift Off.’ Byron Edgington is married to his best friend, Mariah. He has three daughters, and five grandchildren. Recently returned to the U.S. after living for three years in Medellin Colombia, he now lives and writes in Iowa City Iowa.