Dick Jonas was born and raised in the Suwannee
River valley of northern Florida.
He served four years as an infantryman in the Georgia
Army National Guard while attending Valdosta State
College. He graduated in 1965 with a BS degree in Physics
and Math. He entered the Air Force and received his
commission through Officer Training School. In 22 years service he flew 3,000 jet fighter hours in the F-4 and the
F-16. During 125 missions in Vietnam he earned the Distinguished
Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters and
the Air Medal with 12 clusters.
He recorded his first albums of military ballads in
1969, after returning from Vietnam.
He retired from the Air Force in 1986 as a Lieutenant
Colonel, and became an Aerospace Science Instructor in
the Air Force Junior ROTC program.
During 1991 and 92, in 325 performances he played
the leading role in Guv: The Musical, a stage production
of the Mill Avenue Theater in Tempe, Arizona.
Dick retired from teaching after 15 years of service, in
June 2004. He is now a military folk musician. He is
known as 'America's Foremost Military Aviation Song
Writer and Balladeer.' His aim is to preserve and perpetuate
the legacy of the warrior musician — 'the songs
we sang about the planes we flew and the people we knew
in the wars we fought.'
He has published three books about military folk music, and a series of books about fighter pilot philosophy. He has produced twenty-nine albums and is the author of 120 musical compositions. His CDs and books are available at
Erosonic, in Chino Valley, Arizona, and online at
erosonic.com, Amazon.com, CD Baby, and iTunes.
Dick and his wife, Mary, reside in Chino Valley, just
north of Prescott, Arizona.
- Fighter pilot songs and warrior ballads
- Digital downloads at
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New Books from
A fighter pilot sees the world differently
from other people. His world is bigger, it is
more challenging and more intense. Sometimes
it can cost him his life. On rare occasion,
it has been known to cost him his
reputation. This series of books is about how Dick Jonas,
fighter pilot, sensed his universe during the past 40 years.
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