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Bobby Wood’s new book: Learjet 464 Juliet is a riveting account of a man
who is unwilling to let go of a dream even if it means certain death.
At every turn he is faced with one obstacle after another which he must
surmount. It’s not till the very end of the book do you find out if he
succeeds or fails.
As I read through Learjet 464 Juliet I kept thinking this is such a
visual book, it was like I was right in the moment with Bobby and his
crew. As a novel it stands alone but to make things even better this
book is based on Bobby's real life adventures in Columbia during 1980
which until now couldn’t be published.
You might ask why it couldn't be published until now? Well after you've
read the book you will fully appreciate the sensitive nature of the
information being revealed within the pages of Learjet 464 Juliet.
Without a doubt this is one book that needs to be made into a motion
I highly recommend Learjet 464 Juliet to anyone who enjoys fast paced
novels filled with suspense, intrigue and adventure. It was a truly
rewarding read and well worth my time.
Producer of The Hog Radio Show
I want to thank you for “Learjet 464 Juliet”, I just finished reading it
but first the “latino” preliminaries (Ha,Ha): I want to wish you and
your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2012, and may God
Bless you all...
Bobby, I really enjoyed every page of the book, reading it
intensely as if I was there because I could really appreciate it. I was
there in Santa Marta in National Jets lears several times while “Juliet”
was there, I saw her with all the tires flat, I think that I have a
picture of her next to my plane (one of NJI's 24's) as I recall, I just
have to ask my wife to help me find that picture. I know that on one
occasion I went down there on an air ambulance charter with this lady
whose husband had been injured in a plane crash too. They took her to
the hospital in an ambulance along with a doctor, and nurse but when I
went upstairs to file the flight plan they started hassling us, saying
that we did not have permission, and so forth, although I had the telex
from Aerocivil in Bogota in my hand. A guy who in my memory very well
fits your description of Barrata came out and said “that Learjet is not
going anywhere”, and told the guards to “push it back next to the other
one”. Well, they didn't as I immediately went to the terminal to call
old Tom Boy in Ft. Lauderdale, and I think that I myself called Major
Otalora, the D.O. of Aerocivil in Bogota to straighten it all out,
although they still said that we were supposed to land in Barranquilla
first to clear there before we proceeded to Santa Marta. Well after we
had it all cleared out we waited for about three hours for the ambulance
to get back but guess what without the patient nor his wife. They told
us that we had permission to leave but that the patient was not going
anywhere that day. So we left, and later when I asked the Doctor what
happened he told me that from what he could make out the patient's wife,
although she had brought some cash, started passing out hundred dollar
bills but before she knew it ran out of cash before any serious money
cut get into the big honcho's hands, and they denied his release.
I always hated to go to that Santa Marta hellhole, every time that I
went upstairs to file the flight plan it looked like those guys up there
were on dope, their eyes were always so red as I recall. I always tipped
everybody good but although I speak Spanish there always seemed to be
some problem or another, they looked at me like they always wanted more
The last few times that I was in SKSM, after Juliet was gone, was with
this customer that NJI had, this tall good looking Colombian lady who
lived in New York, and spoke perfect English. Her name was Marlene
Davila, and she told me that her father was the Mayor of Santa Marta.
Every time as she got off the plane there she started passing out twenty
dollar bills to everybody, and on those flights everything went very
smooth for us.
But like I said I really enjoyed every page of your book as I recognized
some of the characters there such as Cowboy Jackson, Mel Cruder, Red
(this is the right spelling of his name, I know because he gave
me my CFI
back in 1968).
Thanks again for the book, and may God bless you, and
Weston, January 9, 2012
I absolutely loved your book. I read it in one day and it
was the best book I believe I have ever read!
I couldn't put it down I just kept wondering what was going
to happen to you next. Even though I knew the ending since I
see you every week at the shop.
I kept thinking is he going to be able to get back to his
wife and children.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
Gilreath Printing & Signs, LLC
I just finished reading Learjet 464
Juliet. Once I started reading the story, I couldn't put the
book down. The way you told the story I felt like I was there
with you, drinking Coke and eating fries, Ha. Ha. The more I
read, the more I enjoyed the next twist and turn at every
corner. It shows that when you want something bad enough,
its not impossible, but you get out what you put in to it. Thank
you and Terry for sharing your story, I read it in two days.
think this would make a great movie.
Ray and Rhonda Sweeten
GEARHEADS MOTORCYCLE SHOP
Wanted to tell you I finished reading your book "464 Juliet" and
I am totally wrung out.
Truly enjoyed the pleasure and related too much to some of the
frustrations you went through. Thanks for the privilege of being
able to read your book. Can't say I never put it down once I
started reading it.
I will say that I lost some sleep staying up reading way past my
usual bedtime. I hate to have a good book end, makes me have a
of lost and lonely feeling. Hope to see you at the Ashville, Al.
Slasham Valley Irregulars Flying Club before long. I am bubbling
over with questions.
to organized crime. Once I started reading I didn't want to
stop. In addition to making Harleys go fast you are an excellent
wordsmith. This makes me hope you will one day write a book
about your racing career.
What a good book. When you told me about your book and the
troubles you went through to free Juliet from Columbia, I knew
it would be interesting. I am amazed at your determination and
resolve not to give up in spite of everything from government co
Thanks for letting me read the book.
You have turned a truly trying experience into an absolutely
enjoyable read. Having spent a little time in the Middle East
and experienced the original version of "baksheesh"...(the
grease that allows the wheels of all business to turn), it seems
that the Colombians had raised that thousand year old custom to
a new world art form. You clearly have the patience of Job
which probably explains why you flew her out where the previous
"suitors" failed. Couldn't put it down...a great story for any
Town & Country Ford
Bobby. Just finished reading your book. Also I
couldn't put it down either. Even though I knew the final
Tears came to my eyes when you described Terry's reaction.
Her tension and stress was palpable and now she was finally at
peace. Also you were a little too kind in your description of
I really enjoyed reading “Learjet 464
Juliet”. I couldn’t wait to get back to the book to find out what would
happen next and if you would be able to get 464 Juliet out of Columbia.
It was so interesting the way you described all of your problems with
the government, judges and lawyers and how everybody had their hands out
for payoffs. I’m really glad you finally met a lawyer who was able to
help you. I thought this was a great book.
Loved the book. Thanks for giving
it to bob. I usually don't read nonfiction books but this one I
couldn't put down. I felt like I was with you. The anxiety of all the
problems and counting the days till the plane left kept me on my toes.
I would lose track of time while reading it. It was an awesome journey
for everyone involved. Do you still have her? Thanks again for letting
Bob and Lynn Conger.
Conger Machine Fremont,Iowa
impressed Bobby. Very well written, interesting
all the way through even suspenseful at times. Thank you for letting me
read it, I will recommend it to everyone.
All I can say
is wow! and wow! I read quite a bit and I could not put this book down.
I had several dreams after some nights of reading the book and being
there and in tight spots and scary places. I was not surprised at your
determination and eventual success Bob. With our conversations and
dealings over the years I know you to be a man in front and ahead of the
pack. I also admire your family for always being there for you. That is
truly a blessing.
Interstate Junction Motorcycles
Albert Lea MN
What a great book. Very inspirational. Shows how anything can be
accomplished if you want it bad enough. Its hard to believe how
different other countries work from ours. The U.S. Has its problems but
ill take in over anywhere else in the world. Thank you for writing and
letting me share your adventure with you. Its really cool to know a
little background about one of the heroes of the sport i love so much.
The book was riveting.
Couldnt put it down and now my mentor is reading the book and so far has
the same opinion. Thanks again for one of the best books
I've ever read.
Precision V Twins
just finished the book and what a read. The story is intriguing and
keeps you wanting more as the plot unfolds. Amazing how a person with a
strong will and desire to succeed can get you through the most difficult
of times! I need a epilogue to know what happened to 464 Juliet. Can't
wait to see the movie, wonder who will play Bobby? Nick Cage!!
Very good book.
Really enjoyed reading it. It is a wonder you made it out of that
country alive. I can see you telling them all where to go as you left
out the final time. Terry asked if there was anything
I would like to see added or taken out after
I read the book and there were a few format changes
I'd make. Put a list of the players
in front of book, court orders in back. Loved
the book though you did a great job telling your story.
Bobby Wood is a recent
friend and fellow pilot I met while working on my airplane at the Pell
City, AL. / St. Claire Co. airport. When Bobby mentioned his book was
being published I would pester him for a copy whenever we would have
lunch together. “Learjet 464 Juliet” is not only a lesson on
determination, patience and the courage of one man but also the
corruption in Columbia.
I enjoyed Bobby’s writing style, and the fact that he keeps the reader
involved, excited and sometimes angry, I kept cheering for Bobby’s
success throughout his adventure.
I’m a member of the Cessna 150-152 Club and will recommend this book to
the other members.
I loved the book,
Author has great attention to detail the entire
time I was reading it all I could think was this story would be a
great movie. Todd Ginn
Want to thank you for the “Learjet 464 juliet”. I absolutely loved the
book, it was very hard to put it down. It always kept me wondering what
was going to happen next, I really felt I was there with you going
through all the Columbian crap… I couldn’t believe all the delays they
kept putting you through, it seemed every time you had all the paperwork
inline, it was something else. It goes to show, if you have your heart
set on something, there is nothing to stop you. I’ll be waiting for a
movie, or maybe a second book you come out with….
Thanks so much Bobby, best wishes to you and the family.
Dr. Jim (Jim Jr)
Thanks for a great book. I read it in two days because it always kept
you wondering what would happen next. The timeline and attention to
detail is incredible. Now I know why we always eat at Steak N Shake.
You are truly a meat and potatoes kind of man. Learjet 464 Juliet proves
that any goal is attainable though determination and hard work.
Mike Cat’s Cycle Works
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lear Jet 464 Juliet; a very
fascinating novel that held my attention from cover to cover. This story
is a story for possible future movie. It is loaded with intrigue,
determination, greed, double cross, scam, adventure, despair, fear, and
joy. A story filled with unbelievable obstacles that would have driven a
normal person insane. I would recommend this book to everyone that has a
love of aviation in
way. Also to anyone that loves an action packed true story of one man's
dream. To acquire an aircraft that he desired so much that he placed his
life on the line to obtain his goal. I'm left some what exhausted
wondering about the aftermath of the whole adventure.
great adventure! Great read and thanks to Bobby Wood for sharing his
captivating story and “making it happen”.
Donald P. Dufresne, Esq.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Awesome book Bobby
read it start to finish in 2 days with some sleep in between.
March 7, 2012
I just finished Learjet 464 Juliet by Bobby Wood.
The author takes you on a fact filled trip of the pitfalls involved in
dealing with the military and the government of Columbia when trying to
remove a jet plane from their country.
Let me stress on the term fact filled. Bob had to endure what's called
the Dinero Syndrome all the way through the book to the end.
Everybody has their hand in your pocket and nobody's in a hurry. How Bob
could remember all of the details in his struggle to free this plane is
Also the bullshit he had to put up with while trying to remove this
He never mentions in the book about heartburn, but I'm sure that
Alka-Seltzer and Tums stock rose off the chart. If you've ever had a
desire to visit Columbia this book might change your mind. Very
interesting. I think I'll go have a Coke and some French Fries.
I enjoyed the book very much. I
hope others will read and be as proud of your dedication and
resourcefulness as I was. Your friends that joined you in your quest to
free 464Juliet must have made you very proud and humble,
friends like that are rare. Bravo to all.
Thank you Bobby for such an
excellent book. I could not put the book down. I was always wanting to
know what was going to happen next. Thank you again. Martha Elliott
Mr. Bobby, the book was a great read.
Thanks for chopping it up in shorter, easier to read chapters instead of
long , drawn out chapters that go forever. I'm a fan of "secret history"
and this book reveals a lot of "secret history". American cops and
servicemen are angels and saints compared to those in Columbia! It also
showed how down and dirty our federal government can be. The actions of
the judges and lawyers in Columbia just reinforces my opinion on that
particular profession worldwide. The book also showcases that our
government does things that we think only other governments do!
Anyway, a great book that should be made into an HBO mini-series!
This was an amazing book - about
organized crime, corruption in government and red tape that can be
endless. It was VERY hard to put down and to think that this is a true
story! Bobby Wood is a true Christian and a smart business man - the
perseverance he and only he had to conquer this major feat. O, what
games greedy people will play - but Bobby found a way to come out the
better person. Very good read - will recommend to my friends for sure.
I absolutely loved your book! I am a very busy mother of 3 with a
full time job, so getting to read is rare for me, but I couldn't stop
reading this wonderful story. This life story is truly inspirational and
very suspenseful! I think this should be a movie! Thank you for allowing
me to read this book, I am very impressed by the motivation and faith
you have to accomplish your dreams, and the patience your wonderful wife
has. This was truly a blessing to read, kept me on the edge the whole
time wondering what was gonna happen next, but also very inspiring with
a true life lesson at the same time. The last sentence was the perfect
ending. I would quote it, but someone may read the review before the
book and.. well, my advice is get it and read it for yourself, you will
not be disappointed! Thanks again Bobby for sharing this with the me! I
absolutely loved it!
I am an avid reader, mechanic and a pilot. It is not often that I find a
book so engrossing that I can hardly stand to put it down. I finished it
in less than two days.
I felt like I was there, right alongside of you during the entire
adventure. The imagery was so vivid I could feel the dusty streets under
my feet and the dagger-like stares of the corrupt officials.
I have often driven by aircraft boneyards and think about bringing one
of those beauties back from beyond. I was immediately caught up in your
quest to repair and recover the stranded Juliet. Just the excitement of
not knowing is she could be ever be made to fly again would in itself
made for a great story. Add in the international intrigue and I was on
the edge of my seat the entire time. If this story weren’t true it would
not be believable.I would fly with you in a plane with a nose full of
rocks any time………….
I just wanted to write a note about your book 464Juliet.
I have not read a novel since high school but I was enthralled with this
book I finished it at about 4am, excellent read. it has been a few weeks
since and I read your book and I still think about it. What ever
happened to 464Juliet?
Just finished your book, wow! I could see you and feel your frustration
and helplessness all along the way. Although I’ve never been to two
Santa Marta, I don’t think I’ll be going. It is a good feeling that even
in a place so corrupt that you can still find a couple good people that
you can call friend. I couldn’t help thinking while I reading that this
would be a great movie. The book described the situation so well it was
like a movie playing in my head! Thanks for the ride,
Thank you Bobby and Terry for
sending us Learjet 464 Juliet, it was not a fast read for me. I just
finished it,I wasn't sure till the end what would happen, I kept telling
Bruce he is not going to get that plane out of that crazy country.
I believe your wife must be a saint. The story was intriguing.
I will miss Raul and all.
Bobby, what a great read! I couldn’t
put it down until I finished it. Your determination was incredible, I
think anyone else would have given up long before. I hope you write
another book, maybe your top fuel racing career or some adventures you
have had in the motorcycle world? You have a great talent in your
writing, I thoroughly enjoyed it!Thank
2577 North 200 West
North Logan, Utah 84341
What an amazing story!!!! Bobby Wood
calls it nonfiction, and as this story unravels, you can see why, and
why it took this many years before the story could be told. The
corruption, both political and underworld. The unbelievable
corruption in Columbia
and the underhanded dealings in our own
Government. As this story continues, one can see Bobby
Wood's faith. Faith in himself, and his faith
His determination comes through when he explains “Plan B” if
his “Plan A” does not work out for 464 Juliet. It is written in the
style of a personal diary and I could not leave the story for long,
wanting to know what the next day, next night or next week might hold in
store. The great accomplishments, and then numerous setbacks with the
only explanation because “That's the
way things are done here.”
Then having to deal several times with people that might possibly kill
you any minute!
His leadership shows when his team tells him they would be willing to go
You'll have to read it to see what he does.
...High Desert Mike
Just finished your book and really enjoyed it. You can see from the
recent scandals involving the Secret Service that Colombia hasn't
changed a bit since you were there. We're not hearing the real story of
course, but it seems likely that Obama didn't pay the proper bribes and
they found a way to screw him. I would like to know what happened to
the airplane, I couldn't find any info at all on the FAA site, does that
mean it's now history, or are you saving that story for another book?
Thanks again for a great book....
Dear Bobby: Wow! I just
finished reading 464 Juliet. I think this is the only book I ever read
that I found myself thinking about before I sat down the next night to
continue reading. Our backgrounds are amazing familiar. I spend four
years building nitro engines from 1970 to 1974, then five years as a
commercial plot for a side business I had, and then five more years
doing undercover aviation work for the FBI. Then thirty years in the
insurance business with continual dealings with Lloyds of London.
During the first part of the book I tried to figure out exactly what was
involved, and then the last part of the book thoroughly convinced NO ONE
could ever get the jet our of Columbia. When I looked at the wording of
the final chapter “Juliet’s flight to freedom” I couldn’t believe it!
This is truly an incredible book. Hats off to you and your family. I
only hope some day this could be made into a movie. What a thriller that
would be. Thank you again for some of the finest reading I have ever
had. Bill Sowle
It’s been years since I last saw you. As Jim Boy’s son-n-law I have been
around the South Florida aviation scene since the “Seventies”. I always
remember you and your company as one of the finest.
The world has really changed since then. I’m not sure it’s for the
better and it sure is nowhere near as exciting!. There are many stories
from around these parts that though true, are hard to believe. Seeing
the names of Mrs. Swimmer, Bill Everett and Red Garglay was a kick. Bill
gave me a letter one day and ordered me to go take the A&P exam. He is
quite a guy. The first airplane I signed off, crashed on the way out to
the taxiway!. ,There were some really good folks at the FAA back then.
I remember being hit up on every flight to Mexico and Colombia for fees
with different prices the difference being whether you got a receipt or
not. Reading the Saga of N464J reminded me what my life was like every
time we had a flight down south. God Bless the USA!
I finished 464 Juliet last weekend and could not put it down. I hope
people give it a read and take a trip along with you into the fray and
beyond. They will not be disappointed!
Thanks for the ride!
I was very interested when I seen you were putting this
book out. I am not going to lie I haven’t sat down and read a book since
high school, so I figured it may take me awhile. I couldn’t believe how
fast I read this book! I seriously could not put it down, I couldn’t
wait to get home from work each night and stuff my face back into this
book. All I can say is what a crooked &$&$*(*&)(&()*^$ing country. I
could not imagine trying to go through all of that. The money, stress,
etc. I really was sucked into this book the whole time. the only problem
I had was trying to keep everybody straight. there was a lot of people
you were dealing with. about 3/4 of the way through I pretty much had
most of the people down on who they were and there roll in this mess you
went through. very excited to meet you in a month and talk about this
book with you. I have also passed the book on to some family to read.
hope they like it, I sure did.
Bobby, When I got home after the Cincy
MC show I curled up in my favorite chair and I immersed myself in 464
Juliet. I really couldn't put it down. I thought perhaps my
experiences with you at Thomson drag raceway was influencing my interest
as the book unfolded (not so). I have two pilot friends in Memphis
that I sent the book to. Jim Ross is a Navy retired Blue Angel and
current MD11 pilot for Fed Ex. Joe Kaferie is a retired True
Temper ex. Joe and I were partners in a Turbo Bonanza which we
kept at the drag strip for years. Both Jim and Joe really enjoyed
your book finding it as I, difficult to put down. Joe went it on
to Bob Doss of Gold Agency fame (another pilot) residing in Tucson,
Arizona. Bob and I have stayed close over the years. Bob will send
you his reflections on your 464 Juliet adventure as well. I
certainly wish you the best with the book and in life. What an
adventure 464 Juliet became. the depth of corruption is very hard
to understand and believe. As a citizen of the U.S. who grew up in
rural country, a Ford line mechanic and a drag racer who became a drag
strip promoter. What a great country this is. Hopefully the
young people of this country will pass on these advantages to future
generations. Bobby, you are a real credit to the USA as well as an
inspiration to our generation.
Driver "the Crockett Rock" Offshore Powerboat, World Champions, 2012
Sitting in Wichita after
dropping off a Citation at the service center, thought I would let you
know how much I enjoyed reading Juliet. Just can't imagine the
frustration of dealing with the "dinero" and"mañana" syndromes. Great
This has to be one of the most interesting books I have ever read.
The dedication and determination to free 464J from Columbia was
I will recommend this book to all my fellow pilots and friends.Looking
to the movie in the near future
Thanks for a great book,
Thank you so much for passing this book to Mike A.(UPS man) I am neither
a pilot or speed junkie but, I wanted to be both by the time I finished
your book. OMG, what an incredible journey you had. I began to feel
every high and low with you. I truly admired the determination and
attitude you had with every obstacle you faced. Most people, including
me, would have just thrown up their hands in frustration. Great read.
P.S. Actor Josh Lucas would make a good Bobby Wood in the movie :-)
Looking forward to a sequel.
Like some of the other reviews have stated, once you pick up Learjet 464
Juliet, it was very difficult to put down. Personally, I wouldn’t have
gone through what you did to get the jet, but it says volumes about your
determination and ingenuity. It is one of the best books I have ever
read and definitely the best non-fiction book I have come across. When
is your next one coming out???
This book is absolutely amazing! I was not
reading books from front to back for a while because nothing was holding
my interest. My husband Dave brought this book home and said that I may
enjoy it. Oh yea! I barely put this story down. It was an incredible
adventure and an amazing journey to have experienced. I enjoyed being
able to experience this journey without really being there. The Author
has shown that one man can be so determined to conquer his goal. It's
freaky how close he comes to visiting the lord. Let me tell you, this
would be a hot movie. Even after reading the book I would have to watch
the movie with only one eye open; at all times! Wow, I give his wife and
family credit for all their support, patience and love through the
quest. Dangerously good and very well written! I recommend this book to
anyone who needs some excitement.
St. Louis Missouri
Hi Bobby, picked up your book a few
days ago and just finished reading it. This is a very good book and I
really enjoyed reading it. They live a very interesting life in
Columbia. I don't see how you made it through it and kept your sanity.
The book kept me up late several nights, I just couldn't put it down. My
wife has now taken the book and started reading it, she can't put it
down either. I have to say, you are one hell of a "gringo".
Jason "Otis" Harris
Big O's Cycles
your book. I found it to be well written with great detail. It gave me
an insight of what Columbia was like at that time. It was also a good
indicator of your determination, I suspect very few would have stayed
the course like you did. Years ago I authored a couple of engineering
texts on energy. Now knowing how well you write about details, I would
suggest you consider writing in detail about some of your performance
work on Harley components. I know I would read it.
Bob, we both enjoyed your book. Jim thinks it would make a good movie.
I cannot figure out how you survived all that the story entails.
LEARJET 464 JULIET
This is not an easy book to read
because you immediately get caught up in the adventure. Bobby Wood, the
writer and hero, explains every harrowing and sometimes funny detail so
you feel you are there with him.
His quest to free the beautiful
lady, 464 JULIET, was right out of a James Bond movie without the funky
toys. He encountered danger, incarceration, strip search and greed,
bribery and betrayal. A simple thing as crossing a bridge – later to be
known as “The gateway to Hell” – was a major event, with Bobby being
beaten and robbed. After the suitable amount of money was applied,
things got a little better. He was assisted with some legal “documents”
which helped pave the way somewhat, but again…..money, money and more
Everything he and his group of well
paid “associates” did was complicated by deception, more money and
threats. His methods of transportation while in Colombia were hilarious
and problematic. And the food! (I wonder if Bobby ever dines on French
fries and cokes anymore.)
ending of this book will bring tears to the reader’s eyes.
is almost beyond
Thank you for your tension filled book that one just can't put down.
The cover should read: "A TRUE STORY BY BOBBY WOOD"
A professional writer could not have done it any better.
If this were fiction, I would say "This is just too much".
perseverance, patience, and courage you showedin overcoming resistance
and corruption at every level
As a member of the aviation community
I was completely pulled in to the challenging adventure of this aircraft
and its journey. Mr. Wood is a determined and resourceful businessman,
I never knew he was such an articulate writer. This was a book I could
hardly put down, I feel as though I crossed the bridge on the way to the
airfield with them on every trip, both going, and coming.
I have, and will continue to, recommended this book to my Reno Air
Racing friends and associates. Would love to see the story on the big
Great job Bobby!
Sanders Air Racing, Inc.
I work with Don Knighton and he allowed me to read the copy of Learjet
I WAS ABOSULTELY CAPTIVATED! What an incredible story and what an
incredible experience you had with this!
It is truly amazing to learn things that governments can do to maintain
I am so glad you wrote this book. One of
the best I have ever read.
Goodgame Company, Inc.
2311 Third Avenue South
Pell City, Alabama 35128
I just finished reading your book and have to say it was a fantastic
The determination and guts it took, including the unending “gratuities”,
to succeed was amazing. The corruption of the Columbian government and
people, the real threat of ending up in a Columbian jail or dead, even
the underhanded dealings of our own government kept me riveted to the
book wondering what was going to happen next. What a nightmare it must
San Antonio, Texas
How amazing your book and life are! I thoroughly enjoyed every detail
and the excitement of the reading. Wow...you have to be brave to be able
to handle those situations. You are admirable and I will share my
experience of how I enjoyed this gift you of literature. I am thinking
how you have fit in all of the things you have done, and the ambition
with your history. Very cool!!
This is a book that would be enjoyed by anyone. I think there should be
a movie to follow with let's see...who would play you...um how about
George Clooney, he needs an intense roll.
Thank you so much,
Always There In Home Care
This book is fast moving without a boring page in it. I applaud
Bob Wood's Patience dealing with the corrupt
Columbians and U.S. Government . You wouldn't expect any better
in a third world country but Bob found out early on how ugly our
own government can be. To me, true life is always more exciting
than fiction. I highly recommend this book.
McDonough , Georgia
This book is amazing! So incredibly well written! I was glued to every
page!The suspense and drama were incredible! Fascinating story, and you
made the characters so vivid I felt like I was right there in the thick
of it all. You are a genius, but the real hero, or heroine, however, is
your beautiful wife, Terry. She deserves immense credit for not only
holding down the fort while you were away so often, but, honestly for
standing by you with what I thought sounded like a crazy, impossibly
dream. Thank you for sharing 464Juliet with me! I feel like I've been
on quite a journey with the Wood family!
Wow. . Most days I look
forward to getting home from work to see my wife. For a week I couldn't
wait to get home to open this book. It takes you from highs to lows in a
split second, just as if you're in Columbia with Bobby.The evening I
finished reading the final chapter I was exausted from feeling the
frustrations just as if I had been there with him. He has to be one of
the most determined men on the planet and I doubt failure has ever been
mentioned with his name. My hopes are to some day meet Mr. Wood and his
wife Terry. I can't imagine the worries she must have went through
during this ordeal. Another hope is that Bobby will consider writing a
book about his drag racing carrer. That would also be a good read.
Harley Davidson of Pikeville
Thanks for the great reading. like your products you put out a great
book. I personally have not read a book in years ,but once i started
reading i could
not put it down. what do you have next for us, can't wait.
I just finished reading your book. Fantastic, I really was glued to
every page. I found myself getting pissed off at the entire BS that you
You pulled if off. How’s Rual doing. And have you ever heard from Aldo
again? What a character he was. Did Donado”s boys ever make there dream
come true? Anyway just wanted to tell you thanks for the book and the
best Performance parts available.
Imagine my surprise when a voice I
hadn't heard for thirty some years calls about 9pm a couple weeks ago,
and this southern drawl starts talking about some old airplane from
three decades ago. I've been flying professionally since 1968 and
flying corporate jets since 1976 when I got my first jet job (Lear 23s
and 24s) at a place called Jet Avia in Las Vegas.
My head is so full of old guys and
old airplanes and old flying stories that it took me a few minutes to
realize to whom I was talking. Really, all he had to mention was
Colombia, then it was all crystal clear and my memory bank rebooted and
it was just like July, 1980 again, the first
time I met Bobby Wood.
You came to Vegas Bobby, searching for
answers to a long list of problems you were having in your recovery of
464J. You thought that maybe because I had been on the crew that took
her down there to Santa Marta, and then spent 52 days as an involuntary
guest of the Colombian government, I could open some doors or at least
clarify some points for you. I don't think our conversation revealed
anything brand new to the story, but might have shed some light on some
of the relationships among the flight crew, paramedics, Jimmy Chagra
and Jerry Wilson.
Thank you Bobby, for bringing me up to
date and for the book. Your constant praise for the support of your
wife and family hit home to me. I could not have put up with all the
Colombian mañana business and B.S. without the constant support of my
wife Barbara and Jet Avia and all my pilot friends in Las Vegas.
March 16, 2013
Bobby, you have the tenacity of a
pit-bull and I’d want you in my corner for sure. I started reading and
couldn’t put the book down. My wife left for work about 9 and there I
was in the recliner and she got home at 5 and there I was still in the
recliner till I finished about 7. I don’t think I would want to play
poker with you, seems you have a hell of a gift to read folks. You are
a man who’s been blessed with many gifts and has made use of them. You
can add story teller and writer to that gift list. I hope someone picks
this up and makes a movie from it because it would sure make a good one
if they didn’t screw it up. Thanks for a day well spent!
Bobby-- Thanks for the opportunity to
accompany you on this journey through your book. Very good read---- what
an adventure this must have been. 464 Juliet is a real page turner, you
don't know what's going to come up next. I can only imagine what it must
have been like to actually experience it. Great book---one of the few
books I have re-read.
Bobby Wood -
Greetings from Ky.
I am a 76 yr old mother of four - grandmother of seven, great
grandmother of two and very physically active. However, I had to slow
down the past 3 wks waiting diagnosis of a right knee ailment??? Since
my physical activity has been limited,
I have been reaching for all reading literature.
My son, James, recently received an order from Wood Performance.
Enclosed was your novel - "Lear Jet 464 Juliet" - I picked it up and was
able to finish reading the book in two days.
I was so "into" the content it was difficult to put the book down. Such
suspense - wanting to know exactly how this novel would end. I predicted
all of you would be framed and have to spend some time in prison. What a
Thanks so much for the personal touch of "Wood Performance".
Believe in God - Believe in yourself - Make it happen!
3012 Klonway Dr.
Louisville, KY 40220
I absolutely loved your book. I could not put it down. If I did. I
picked it right back up! Great job!
Tim Conway Reno Nv
Bobby, I knew
from the first time you told me the story about 464juliet that it would
be a hell-of-a-book and it was. I could not believe the detail of the
squaller the people lived in but you brought it to life. I couldn’t help
but laugh at all the hand-outs that were requested from you. It was very
fitting for the little man who came running across the runway as you
were departing Columbia, just wanted a handout. A great book Bobby.
I hope a movie is made of this book, it would be great.
Great story ... a testament to perseverance, ingenuity and fortitude. I
spent the whole book engaged in your efforts and appreciating the
support and patients of your wife Terry. Definitely movie material.
Great story I could not put it down
until I was finished absolutely loved it. Crazy what went on in order
for you to get that plane. Thank you so much for the insight. This
should be a movie!!!
Best to you,
I just finished the book and enjoyed every page of hair-raising
I will pass it along to my pilot friends now so they too can get into
this exciting chase. At the end, I wanted to see you confront ALDO with
his conniving ways and to see how you resolved that. Also, what did you
do about all the Columbians who wanted and fully expected to get into
"the BUSINESS" with you? Was it worth all you had to go thru?
Learjet 464 Juliet rates among the
top five most memorable books I have read,ever. The book is engaging as
well as inspirational from page one to the last page,the outcome never
certain. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Bob Wood as yet,but one
can gain insight into the character,intellect and strong will of the man
from reading his book. Lessons can be learned from this account,one of
which is that the more significant the goal,the harder it is to achieve.
The hard goals are also the most satisfying when you finally get there.
I thank Bob Wood for sharing the experiences of he and his team while
on the quest for his Holy Grail, 464 Juliet.
Hand's Performance Motorcycles,
Congratulations on the book. I am
not a big book person. This was fantastic.
From the book, I feel we we're whittled from the same hard headed nut. I
could have never accomplished what you did. I would be dead or still
there in prison. Such dogged passion and commitment. When I had to put
the book down, I couldn't wait to get back to it, to see what they threw
at you next.
I feel certain I am not the 1st to say it but, AttA Boy. Great read.
Saint Claire hanger mate
N464J is a nonstop thriller which
leaves the reader in suspense as Bobby Wood searches for an honorable
citizen in a culture completely bereft of law.
Through the trials and tribulations that face Mr. Wood throughout this
novel, his story gives a unique insight into Columbian culture and the
means one must go through to take on a corrupt system, all while staying
true to your morals and values.I recommend this book to anyone seeking a
better understanding of ways to deal with an unfamiliar foreign culture,
and to adventuress aviators in
search of exciting flight experiences in very dangerous regions of the
It would be our great pleasure to see this unique story turned into a
feature film, and I plan to recommend this book to each of our pilots
Justin W. Biassou
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Keeping Pilots Safe. Safeguarding
the future of GA
421 Aviation Way | Frederick, Maryland 21701
I want to thanks you for sending me your book with my lifter order.
While I used to be a very avid reader it had been years since I sat down
and took the time to read a book cover to cover in such a short period
of time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and found it very
difficult to put down. I lost myself back into 1980, and all that was
happening to you on your day by day adventure, and when I read that
you got to eat your favorite breakfast with your family on my birthday
it took me back to what I did the day I turn 18 in 1980. Thanks for the
memory's and thanks for bringing me out of my slump as I am now looking
for another book to sink myself into.
Thank you again for sharing your book....
Since I knew you and worked with you when we were both much younger,
i had no problem visualizing you in this environment...
This is a great story. After reading it, I think the word "impossible"
to be stricken from the dictionary.
My God bless you.
Good Day Bobby,
Thank you for your book 464 Juliet and for sharing your incredible
experience. It’s been 25 years since I’ve read a real book and must say
it was well worth the wait. It’s very inspiring for one man to have the
will and True American Spirit to conquer against all odds the corruption
and politics, yet Walk Tall & come home victorious. I appreciated the
detailed accounts of the real life characters and your description of
each & everyone of them, good and bad. I felt by the time I read to the
final chapter that I could identify each personality and it made me feel
a real connection with yourself. In today’s world of make believe
reality TV shows & movies it leaves most people starving to watch or
read a true life experience of a man with a plan and a plane. Great Job!
It was a honor and a pleasure to read your book and even more so to meet
you briefly last summer.
Lonnie D Hamm
Hi Bobby & Terry,
I do not read a lot of books, but this one I just could not put down.
It's an amazing story of shear determination and refusal to accept
defeat in such unpredictable & dangerous surroundings, but with faith &
prayer, you overcame so many challenges and brought government
corruption to light.
To you and Terry, we thank you for the signed copy of 464 Juliet and it
would be great to see a movie in the near future.
Thanks again, take care
Steve and Shirley Ager
Just want to let you know how fantastic this book is. I am a slow
reader and it took me 2 weeks to finish the book. I could not wait to
get home each day after work to read more. Very exciting book! The
list of questions I had for you after I finished the book was long I
know. You answered every one I had and the ones you could not answer I
perfectly understood that lots of information is "need to know only" for
This is the best book I have read in 20 years, hands down!With all the
questions I had, and I know others have, I hereby declare that we have a
follow-on book!Again, congratulations on an amazing book and I hope we
continue our friendship for years to come.
Pilot - N20621 - KPLR
Ex-Special Forces Officer, Airborne
enjoyed the book. I was involved in Lear (23,24,25,35 and 55) flight
training and charter for several years in the mid 70’s before ending up
with Continental Airlines in ops management and training. Your story
brought back memories of my own while flying in Africa and the Far
East. I found your comments about the callousness and “Nazi like
behavior” of our own bureaucracies to be prophetic. I spend a good deal
of my editorial efforts challenging todays abuses coming from inside the
beltway, where I lived and worked for four years. Good read!
Sales & Marketing Manager
Editor Industry and Government Affairs.
In Flight USA
This was a fascinating book
that had me looking forward to each next moment that I would have to
read it further. It is a well written book that is riddled with
continual twists and turns that allows the reader to feel the ups and
downs that Bob Wood faced in his attempt to succeed where others had
failed. The deeds and wrongdoings of those involved in the confiscation
of N464J is astounding and unexpected. It is an interesting look at the
corruption and evil that stem from the drug trade and how a few well
intentioned men with character can defeat the system. The ending of
the book remained in question the whole time and yet I refused to read
forward. Very enjoyable.
ATP Pilot - Austin, TX
Bob, I must say
that this was a book that kept me captivated and intrigued. Every time I
put it down, I began wondering what the next twist and turn of your
adventure would be. I truly anticipated the next reading session. I
believe this colorful account of your relentless pursuit, to free Juliet
and bring her back home, is a testament to your dedication and
perseverance to right the wrongs. The ability to acclimate and “speak
the language of” the criminals you dealt with is an absolute credit to
the “common horse sense” American way. No BS, no holds barred! You did
what you had to do, and I respect that! I don’t believe that machines
have souls, BUT if they did, you would be Juliet’s “knight in shining
armor”! Thank you for a truly rewarding read.
I don't read a lot of novels, but when I started reading 464 Juliet I
could not put the book down. I could not wait to read the next chapter.
As I was reading it, I felt as if I were with you the whole time. You
did a great job with this book and I definitely think this could be an
I got your book after buying a set of cams. It was awesome. Hard to put
down. Hated to finish. It is amazing how you described the details of
each day. I have to admit you are one tough hombre. The way you told the
details of your emotions as Juliet took off and flew were incredible. I
could hear her engines and feel the thrust. Then when she leveled off I
could here the silence as she glided to freedom.
Terry, thanks for asking if I wanted to read it. It is better than any
other books fiction or non fiction I've read. It would make a great
What ever happened to 465 Juliet?
ps. 103 9.9:1. Cnc heads. 888 cams. 99hp. 104fpt
I just finished reading Learjet 464 Juliet. Once I started reading the
story, I couldn't put the book down. It has been a long time since I
have been able to find a book that will keep me interested in it long
enough to finish and your story has done the trick. I think that it is a
well told story that reads more like a drama than a nonfiction novel.
Congratulations on your success in getting it out. I would be interested
in hearing what happened to it after you got it home, what it took to
get it fully repaired and where she is now.
The UPS man
held up the package and pointed excitedly "Look there's an airplane on
the box." UPS people don't get easily impressed by boxes but did by
this one, containing the book Learjet 464Juliet . That was the first
indication I was in for another ride with Bobby Wood. My mind drifted
back 34 years and I told him "I flew that very plane one time, It was
the greatest day of my life''. "Wow" he said as he took another look
before returning to his deliveries.
As a flight instructor and charter pilot at Bobby Wood's Air Unlimited I
knew I would enjoy the book (it was after the plane was recovered and
restored I got to fly her). I was stunned after reading a few
chapters. This book is so well written that anyone, not just pilots or
aviation buffs will find it thrilling and spellbinding. Bobby Wood
doesn't just tell a story, he takes you on a journey. As you read
you'll feel like you've had the experience of going to save Learjet 464
Juliet with him. Unfortunately Air Unlimited didn't last long after
Bobby Wood sold it but its legacy flies on. A good number of airline
pilots flying today started their career when they walked in the door at
Air Unlimited, Inc. to take their first flying lesson. This is one book
you won't be able to put down till you've read the last word than I
suspect you'll also say--Wow!
ATP CFI ATCS
Absolutely one of the best novels
I've ever read! Impossible to put down, I can't wait for the movie!
Coming soon I hope?
Brush Creek Cycles
I would like to thank you for sore eyes and losing a nights sleep. Oh,
and also for the book. It was a pleasure to meet you at the V-twin expo.
I was the air traffic controller you talked to for a minute. The book is
exceptional, I am a book junky, and sometimes beta reader for a couple
authors, I don't blow smoke up anybody ass as my dad always says. I wish
I hadn't blown all my money in the bike business, I would try to find
someway to invest in the Bobby Wood story. Truth is truly stranger than
fiction, you can't make this shit up.There has to be movie in this! I
will be investing in a few books. I never had the pleasure of flying a
24, but, I flew a 25 once, and a 35 a few times, I was bad about over
speeding and making the stick shaker go off,lol, it can only leave me
imagining what flying a modern fighter would be like. I looked up the
call sign, and saw you now have a C182, I am guessing after all you went
through, you had to have a place in your heart for the call sign. I was
very curious as to what you ended up doing with the Lear, did you have
to salvage it? Sell it? Charter it out? Anyway, great story, great book,
What a intriguing story you
have actually lived Bobby! First off, I was so caught up in knowing that
all this is a true story. So much adventure! So many reasons to give up
but it’s like, that is what made you push even harder. The manana
syndrome would have definitely been the breaking point for most but, not
Bobby Wood! I was truly on the edge of my seat thru the book and would
love to see this as a movie! (with the right direction and actors of
course) This ain’t no Lifetime movie LOL I’m so glad you were able to
survive all the craziness and write about it! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!
Such an honor to get to know about your history.
See ya in the cinema hopefully soon!
Nita Silberstein (Cincinnati)
Thanks so much for your book. Your excellent writing style captures the
attention and transports the reader to the scene. I can’t imagine having
to live through this experience. You display great fortitude and
commitment to your goal, as well as a deep understanding of people and
how to get things done.
Wishing you all the best,
Bob, Excellant riveting
book. Haven't read a book in 15 years. Could not put down. Thanks for
the hours of entertainment!
Hi Bobby, I absolutely loved your
book. I couldn’t stop reading it. In fact,
I would like to buy a couple more for a couple of my friends. This would
make a really good movie. It would keep people on the edges of their
seats for sure.
I think everybody who has read this book will agree.
Thanks again. J.D.
Fast Bikes Inc.
Just finished the book. The book was much better than I anticipated. I
typically don’t make the commitment to read a full book, but I couldn’t
stop (and didn’t want to) once I started reading. Thanks for sharing
your incredible story.
What a great story. Must be
one heck of a memory! Would make a great movie.
Just finished your book. As an airline pilot myself, I couldn’t put the
book down. Even at 35,000 feet. I finished it in under two days. I’m
surprised it hasn’t been turned into a movie yet. I highly recommend it
to all my friends. God bless!
I too found myself unable to put this
book down and finished it in just a couple of days. A wonderful and
exciting adventure from the start. The story just keeps on getting
better as the cast of unscrupulous characters grows. It reminded me so
of a 1940’s black and white crime movie. And the only person qualified
for the lead would have to have been Humphrey Bogart.
I don’t know much about Mr. Wood other than his kind gesture to me and
his accomplishments that speak for themselves. Mr. Woods’s obsession
with Learjet 464 Juliet shows one man’s determination to get what he
wants as he apparently has his whole life. The corruption with the
Colombian government and the locals show a culture of having very little
but willing to do anything to get something. The abusive power there is
well known. But interestingly enough, Mr. Wood, with a suitcase full of
money, was able to wield some power of his own. But I did worry several
times when the obsession of gaining the plane started to evolve into
some troubling discussions.
The possible deal of stealing the plane was troubling as who could trust
the military there. And most concerning, the conspiracy of planning an
arson bombing on foreign soil. Obviously Mr. Woods’s faith in GOD kept
him alive and, with his family’s support, results that were most
acceptable. I would certainly see the movie, even if it is in color.
I haven't read a book in awhile but this one is full of suspense. Your
writing style is captivating and puts the reader in the drivers seat. I
had no idea that your life was more than racing and cams but here it is
in a very good read. Hell ya they should make it into a movie and I
want to be in it when they do. Thanks again for the book which was a
rare surprise! Also thanks for the wonderful cutting edge hardware on
Keep it up Mr. Woods!
Michael D. Jones
What a suspenseful story. At first, I had read a few pages of the book,
but I stopped due to other priorities. After a few weeks, I began to
watch the TV series "Narcos"
and I began to learn about the drug trafficking life that occurred
during the late 70's and 80's. I wasn't aware during that time since I
was less then ten years old. I went back to reading your book again,
and I couldn't stop reading it. There was so much detail in the story
and I was stunned on the way Columbia operated. Throughout the
chapters, I just kept on saying to myself, "Bobby had some balls. I
would have never done that, especially being a Gringo in Columbia".
Anyways, this was a great book which made me tear up at the end. I
hope to God that some movie producer would read your book and put it on
a big screen. I can't see any other movie out there to be as good as
your story. You just can't make that s*!t up.
Your fan and 555 cam customer,
464J sure was a page turner. I couldn’t put it down. Having flown
Gulfstreams around the planet for 25 years, I’ve run in to a few
“lightweight” scams I could always handle with a few well placed $20’s.
You’re one tenacious SOB and your bride is a Saint!
Thanks for the signed book and the great cams.
I really enjoyed the book. It was hard to put it down. It is a great
combination of adventure and suspense, all rolled into one. The
government corruption, the “business”, and the shear amount of money
changing hands both at home and abroad is unbelievable. The writing
was outstanding, the book flowed well, and the suspense was there right
until the very end. Great job!
George Gray, President
Gray Realty & Auction, Inc.
6877-A Gadsden Highway
Trussville, AL 35173
Hi Bobby, I
just finished reading N464J I could not put it down.
What a career you have had.You have come a long way from
Robinson Elementary School. I am proud to have known you.
Learjet 464 Juliet is a fabulous
book. If the book had been fiction, I would have admired the author for
his inventive ways to continually build the suspense about getting the
plane out. Since the book is non-fiction I have to admire the author for
having the stamina and intestinal fortitude to continue his mission in
the face of so many obstacles. I enjoyed every page and hope that
someone will consider this book for a movie, it would be great.
Thanks, Bobby for a great read!
Eagle Point, OR
Hey Bobby, just wanted to send you
a thank you for your book N464J.. I can say I'm not one for reading many
books, i do the occasional audio books just because they take me forever
to get through. This book was an exception. I started reading it while
out camping and could not put the book down.. I can relate to a lot of
the information as military member who flew many missions on Air Force
learjets identical to this plane.. It will keep you glued to your seat
wondering what is going to happen next; is he going to make it out
alive, what about his family back home, he's going back AGAIN.... what's
he thinking... A wonderful account of the behind the scenes dealing with
other countries and the foreigners amongst them.. AMAZING.! Thanks
Bobby for sharing your story.
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