NARRAGANSETT – Many parents enjoy reading bedtime stories to their children. Yet, naval officer and Narragansett resident Robert Flynn took reading to his children one step further; he actually wrote and published a book for them and for any other child who wishes to read about the adventures of Lucky McGuire, the spirited navy jet with big dreams.
After three years of writing, creating and working with illustrators, Flynn published his first children's book, “The Lucky Blue Angel” this year with Mascot Books. In the book, Navy jet Lucky McGuire dreams of becoming a Blue Angel, but doesn't know where his next adventure will take him, whether it is to the skies with his friends or to the dreaded aircraft storage yard in the desert.
Flynn loves telling his seven-year old son Colin, his five-year old son Aiden and his three-year old daughter Bridget bedtime stories. Flynn became the story-teller in his home every night for his kids. He racked his brains for ideas of stories, ones of adventures, ones of originality. Yet, Flynn soon realized there was not a single children's book for one of the things he loved most, aviation.
Flynn, who is originally from New Jersey graduated from the US Naval Academy 19 years ago. He made a career of flying and was deployed in several aircraft carriers, like the USS Enterprise, the USS Eisenhower, the USS Truman. Flynn was also deployed to Iraq for ground support of the army for a year. Flynn even met his wife, Michelle through the Navy. Flynn, a training student for the Naval Flight Officers years before, met his wife Michelle, an Aviation Supply Officer in Pensacola, Fla., who was stationed next door as a member of the Blue Angels. Flynn now is an active duty Navy Commander and stationed in Newport, Rhode Island. He also teaches strategy at the Naval War College.
Now, telling stories to his three children, Flynn wanted to share his passion of aviation and he created “The Lucky Blue Angel.”
“When you have kids, you start to get interested in what kids read. Because I flew in the Navy and my wife was a supply officer for the Blue Angels when we met I was looking for books for aviation,” Flynn said. “There weren't any books. It shocked me. The reason I wrote it was because there wasn't anything out there. After a few years, I told my kids stories of aviation and I thought of the story of Lucky McGuire.”
After coming up with the idea of writing his own children's book about the Blue Angels, last November, Flynn put his plan to action and got the book published with Mascot Books.
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