Hello, my name is Vicki Murphy. I am the oldest daughter of Quentin
Aanenson, the "Fighter Pilot." I am also the webmaster of the Fighter
Pilot website (and clearly an amateur). Recently, for the purpose of
archival preservation, I compiled all the video we had accumulated
regarding the aftermath of the broadcast of A
Fighter Pilot's Story and
created DVDs for the family. As you might imagine, there were a number
of interesting televised (and non-televised) interviews, speaking
engagements, and special invitations that resulted from the airing of
the documentary. There was also a powerfully moving award presented to
my father by the French government. My father has been reluctant to
mention these special events on his website, but I (being the
controlling webmaster) have decided to overrule him and write this page
As my father has mentioned before, he wrote, produced, and narrated A
Fighter Pilot's Story because of
his family's interest in his World War II experiences. The documentary
was edited by his son-in-law, Tom Pyers (currently a three-time Emmy
winner). At times in the documentary, both my father and my mother read
excerpts from letters they wrote to each other while my father was
overseas during the war.
in the recording studio.
narrating the video.
The first televised showing of A
Fighter Pilot's Story was
11/12/93 for Veteran's Day. Then in June 1994 during the 50th
anniversary of D-Day, PBS broadcast the film nationally on more than
300 stations. From time to time, Quentin would be interviewed on
various news shows. He also had the great honor of receiving the French
Legion of Honor award in July 1994, experienced the thrill of flying in
an F-15E fighter jet at Mountain Home Air Force Base in October 1994,
and participated in the ceremony when William Farrell's painting, Thunderbolt
Patriot, was donated to the
National Air & Space Museum by a private benefactor in 2002.
Below are a few shots grabbed from some of those shows and events.
Channel 5 Fox interview with Brian Wilson. 5/30/94
Channel 8 interview. 6/3/94
Gordon interview. 6/3/94
Rose Show. 6/6/94
The Legion D'Honour Commandeur medal, National Air & Space
Museum dedication of the Thunderbolt Patriot painting, and Mountain
Home Air Force Base experience continue on the following