A Jet Powered Life

Allen E. Paulson, Aviation Entrepreneur


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About the Book

Raised on a bankrupt farm along the Mississippi River, Allen E. Paulson would become owner of the Fortune 500 aerospace empire Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. He began his career as an airplane mechanic, later setting world records as a pilot and developing unique military and civilian jets.
Paulson was ambitious and reticent, generous and frugal, confident and dogged by self-doubt. His friends included U.S. presidents, Hollywood celebrities and famous aviators. He toasted and tangled with such business titans as Lee Iacocca and Teddy Forstmann—until life took him in another direction. Paulson played by the rules and took each success and setback in stride, always with a keen ethical sense and an unflagging entrepreneurial spirit.

About the Author(s)

Donald J. Porter is the author of five books and numerous magazine articles about aviation and its personalities. He lives in Monterey, California.

Bibliographic Details

Donald J. Porter
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 249
Bibliographic Info: 41 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7656-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3492-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1. Turning Point 7
2. New Beginning 21
3. Plane Peddler 35
4. Checkered Flags 52
5. Jet Setter 70
6. Let’s Make a Deal 84
7. Hustler 102
8. Golden Goose 118
9. Peregrine 137
10. Top of His Game 156
11. Flying Fast 174
12. Going Supersonic 188
13. Moving On 204
14. California Bound 213
Epilogue 218
Chapter Notes 221
Bibliography 229
Index 233