RIDERS OF THE WINDS : THE STORY OF BALLOONING
Don " Dwig " Dwiggins ( November 15th, 1913 - December 10th, 1988 ) was born in Plainfield ( New Jersey, United States ).
In 1942, Don Dwiggins entered the U.S.A.A.F. and eventually became a Master Sergeant. During the war, he was a flight instructor with the Royal Air Force.
After the war, in addition to his free - lance writing, Don Dwiggins also served as the aviation editor for the Los Angeles Daily News ( 1947 - 1954 ) and the Los Angeles Mirror News ( 1956 - 1962 ) ; a news writer for station KTTV, Los Angeles ( 1964 ) ; the editor of Mickey Mouse Newsreel for Disney Studios ( 1964 ) ; a space technology consultant for Lockheed Aircraft Co. ( 1964 ) ; and the Senior Editor for Plane and Pilot magazine ( 1974 - 1982 ).
He was a member of the Aviation Aerospace Writers Association and the Writers Guild of America, West. For the most part, Don Dwiggins had written technical books on aviation and aerospace technology, which were aimed at juvenile audiences, such as Voices in the Sky and Space and the Weather. However, a bibliography of his books would also include adult novels, such as The Air Devils and at least one biography, Frankie, which was based on the life of Frank Sinatra.
Having 8,000 hours as a pilot, Don Dwiggins died in an automobile accident in Malibu ( California, United States ).
( sources : archiveswest.orbiscascade.org, Los Angeles Times )