Wednesday, April 13, 2016

BOOK OF STONE: Major Christina Karr

For April, Stone is celebrating the A to Z Blog Challenge with daily letter-themed entries detailing the people, places and things of the Stone Soldiers universe.

First Appearance: Blood and Stone (Stone Soldiers #3)

Description:  USAF Special Operations Pilot

Status: Assigned to the 1039th Special Operations Wing, Homestead AFB, FL

Summary:  Major Karr is the commander of Sleipnir-2, a modified CB-1R Lancer bomber used by Detachment 1039 for rapid deployment. Karr formerly commanded the Sleipnir-1, another CB-1R, that was downed in Mexico in 2013.

Karr is an accomplished pilot and holds the distinction of being the first pilot to engage a dragon in aerial combat.

Following the loss of her first aircraft, Karr was to be transferred to another unit, but Detachment 1039's Commander interceded on her behalf, insisting she remain with her Special Operations Wing and be placed in command of a new plane.

Author's Notes:  Female fighter pilots are not uncommon in science fiction. During research of the B-1B for Blood and Stone, I happened across the story of a female pilot who had been flying missions in the Middle East. This pilot remarked that the B-1 reminded her of a fighter, due to its powerful engines and flight performance. I immediately flashed back to Captain Scarlet and the Angel Interceptors.

While the Detachment has much more often relied upon the MA-12 Raven and Ring Portals for rapid deployment, readers have not seen the last of Major Karr and the CB-1R.

1 comment:

  1. True - we need more female pilots that are not sci-fi.