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New book launched by former resident

Former Evans resident Mike Stock, a decorated United States Navy combat chopper pilot, test pilot, airline pilot and bush pilot, has published volume one of a memoir, beginning with his days as a child on Bennett Road in Evans.

The book, “The Reluctant Aviator,” details Stock’s entry into the world of aviation, and culminates with his tour of duty as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

Stock said this book, which will be followed by a second volume, ends with his assignment post-Vietnam as a helicopter ferry pilot between the east and west coasts of the United States.

In the book, he speaks about some Erie County action, such as an unauthorized visit to his brother’s Evans backyard with the second-largest helicopter in the world, and his unsuccessful aerial role in a patriotic celebration at Angola’s Forest Avenue cemetery.

Stock is the son of Alyce and the late Sam Stock. He attended the two-room schoolhouse that currently serves as the town of Evans Historical Society Museum, before going on to graduate from Most Precious Blood Elementary School in Angola and Saint Francis High School.

The 335-page memoir is available at

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