2018 Desert & Cold War Veterans Remembrance Day
Lt. Commander Peter Hunt, an A-6 Intruder pilot during Desert Storm was this years guest speaker. Commander Hunt shared his story as a naval combat pilot, scuba diver, author and his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Of note was his story of the recovery of downed US Navy A-6 Intruder “510”, that crashed off the coast of Whidbey Island in 1989. His book “the Lost Intruder” tells the entire story.
“But time was running out. At age 43, Hunt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After ten years of worsening symptoms, no longer permitted to fly, and barely able to scuba dive, Hunt knew that he was losing the battle. Desperate for a rallying point to prove to himself that life still mattered, Hunt struck out in 2014 to find the missing A-6. Naval Aviation, deep technical wreck diving, high seas exploration, and one man’s optimistic refusal to quit converge in a salute to life’s possibility. The Lost Intruder soars in a triumph of the human spirit—see what it means to be alive. He decided in 2014 that it was now or never if he was to search for this missing attack jet that he flew off the deck of aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ranger.”
Commander Hunt is the author of four books: “Angles of Attack”, “The Lost Intruder”, “Setting the Hook” and “Navigating Life’s Waters”