STAR Flight retiree recounts rescues, triumphs in new book

FILE - STAR Flight (KXAN File Photo/Todd Bynum)
FILE - STAR Flight (KXAN File Photo/Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County’s STAR Flight program began in 1985 and has grown to be hailed as one of the top public safety helicopter rescue programs in the nation. Crews are trained to assist during medical emergencies, fires and extreme weather events.

During his 20-year run with STAR Flight, Kevin McDonald logged 3,752 flight hours, transported more than 2,300 patients and rescued more than 130 people from floodwaters and other dangerous emergencies. When McDonald retired in 2012, he decided to combine his aviation history with his literary background as a journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin to chronicle what he saw during his time as a pilot with the program.

His book, Life Inside the Dead Man’s Curve, details the triumph and tragedy he and the STAR Flight crews witnessed firsthand.

McDonald joins KXAN’s Sally Hernandez to talk about his book. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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