Deep beneath the dark Louisiana swamp waters exists a lake of rich oil and gas deposits. This wealth has been extracted by the petroleum industries over the past 50 years, but very little has been written of the role of the seaplane in this activity.
In his new book, “Swamp Eagles,” Darryl DiMaggio, Sr., a retired seaplane pilot, tells a series of exciting, amusing, and sometimes amazing true stories experienced by him and his fellow pilots.
“Swamp Eagles” is 50 short stories depicting the hazards, adversity, and triumphs encountered by these brave pilots as they faced the alligator-infested swamps of South Louisiana.
The book also touches on the history of aviation, the oilfields, the swamp, and even the Cajun culture of the Louisiana area.
No fatalities or even serious injuries are depicted and the identity of individuals is not revealed. As DiMaggio states it, “The guilty know who they are.”
DiMaggio also reports there is no bad language or violence in “Swamp Eagles.”
The 162-page book, which has 10 drawings and seven photos, sells for $14.95.
Hard copies are available from: SoLa Flight Services, Houma-Terrebonne Airport, Taxiway Golf, 231 Safety Road Houma, La., 70363, 985-868-6874.