Tall Air


Matthew “Mathe” Stone and Jonathon “Finn” Finley, friends from different backgrounds, find a common desire to challenge their world in the extreme, seeking Tall Air.

Against their hilarious and frightful missteps as teenagers, through first loves, to their struggle to survive Naval Air combat in Vietnam, they couldn’t have done it without each other. Explore the best and the worst in them in their razor blade-edged odysseys.


Matthew Stone is the spirit of the 1960s—gamey, inventive, turbulent, wild, and smart, even in his buttoned-down and irreverent military fighter pilot world.

Read the horror, sadness, and exhilaration of Jonathon Finley’s father’s remarkable WWII reflections of B-29 air combat and how it shapes and prepares both young men to fight for the coin flip in their NAVAIR combat roller coaster in Vietnam—life, love, loss, and death.


Thrilling, tragic, and funny in the extreme, Tall Air is highly readable and an irresistible and authentic account of an extraordinary friendship. Join Mathe and Finn, in their heroism and sacrifice, as they reach for Tall Air throughout their lives. It will make you proud. 

          "Womb Tight---Human Engineered Just for Me---One

             Hell of an Airplane---A Perfect Fit.” 

                              -  Former A-4” Scooter” Driver

Tall Air - Here is what they are saying:

"I particularly enjoyed the childhood chapters. I like the boys’ energy and their hormonally driven adventures. Stories and descriptions are distinct/unique, nostalgic, intriguing; they feel authentic."

   David Aretha, award-winning author, and editor

"What an amazing ride!"

                                     LCDR Jamie “Tilly” Tilden


“I loved it—laughed, smiled, and even got a little teary.

 Hot fire, hot guys, some pain, and a lot of sympathies.”

                                  Curl Candler 


 “Yes, the ’60s were something else, and Stone and Finn sure

extracted their fair share—the good and bad— as we all did.”  

                                  Bob Johannes


“You had me totally in the cockpit and

I don’t know anything about flying. The smell, feel, and emotion

 is there—loving it on the edge of my seat.

     More, please!”     

                               Tom Patterson


“Your passion is so real—your enthusiasm is contagious.”

                                 Jack Haughton


“I could never adequately explain the reality of my days

in middle and high school to my daughter.

Your description hit the nail on the head.”

                                        Penny McCready



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