Biography of Author Jon Boyd

Jon BoydJon Boyd is one of Amethyst Moon Publishing's most unique authors. Jon Boyd has spent his life learning one skill after another. When Boyd sees or hears about something that intrigues him, he delves into that subject, learns as much as he can and then puts his knowledge into action. Boyd's curiosity and attention to detail have assisted him in being an accomplished pilot, expert flint knapper, experienced knife maker, teacher, tracker, and bonsai authority - just to name a few of his talents.

Jon Boyd and his iguanaSince he was a young child, Jon Boyd has honed his skills in observation and awareness. Boyd applies these abilities to everything he does and uses the knowledge and skills he learns in one activity to apply to the next, allowing his knowledge base to expand exponentially. For over 25 years, Boyd has been interested in tracking, where he could apply his talents in observation and awareness while improving in both areas.

Author Jon Boyd's interest in blades goes deeper than most. Boyd is a knife and sword maker as well as flint knapper. He teaches the art of flint knapping and is always searching to discover the techniques used by the ancient practitioners of this art.

Author Jon Boyd's 23 years as an Air Force pilot included training students to fly the A-10, a tour in Korea and surviving Desert Storm, where he piloted the F-117 Stealth Jet. Boyd is also certified to instruct T'ai Chi Schuan. This martial art helped Boyd to understand the interplay of energies, both seen and unseen. He also enjoys the art of bonsai and his large pet iguana, Spike.

Most recently Jon Boyd has been applying his observation skills in archaeology and earned a degree in anthropology. Boyd teaches Stone Tool Making and other classes at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

A few of Boyd's flying accomplishments are:

22 year command pilot serving in the USAF

Flight hours: 5000+, primarily in single seat aircraft

Aircraft qualifications: Cessna 150, Cessna 172, Cessna T-37, Northrup T-38 and AT-38 Talon, Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II, Vought A-7D and A-7K Corsair II, Lockheed F-117A Night Hawk

Other aircraft flown: Bell 47G helicopter, Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Bolkow BO-105 helicopter, Taylorcraft L-2, Piper J-3 Cub (clipped wing variant), Lockheed EC-130, McDonnell Douglas F-15B

Pilot qualifications held: Aircraft commander, Instructor pilot, Flight Examiner

Command positions held: Flight commander, Squadron assistant Operations officer, Squadron Operations officer, Squadron commander, Group Deputy Operations group commander

Decorations: Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Distinguished Flying Cross

Books By Jon Boyd

Gremlin on My Shoulder: A Compilation of Flying Stories (Confessions of an Old Bold Pilot)

Gremlin on My Shoulder: A Compliation of Flying Stories
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Index Tracking: Essential Guide to Trailing Man and Beast

Written with Freddy Osuna

Index Tracking
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Connecting Into Observation and Awareness

Connecting Into Observation and Awareness
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The Samurai Sword: Looking at Form, Fit & Function of a Masterpiece

The Samurai Sword Book
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North American Aviation: The Rise and Fall of an Aerospace Giant

Written with John Casey

North American Aviation: The Rise and Fall of an Aerospace Giant
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