Captain Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Captain Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. Charlie Plumb spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in communist prison camps.
During his nearly six years of captivity, Captain Charlie Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his camp. Since his return home, more than 4,000 audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as Captain Plumb draws parallels between his P.O.W. experience and the challenges of everyday life. He has shared his message to an even wider public through appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Captain Plumb is also the author of I’m No Hero and The Last Domino. He is an expert advisor to the U.S. Navy, governmental organizations and news media.
In an upbeat, humorous, and dynamic style, Captain Charlie Plumb draws upon his experience to demonstrate how to turn adversities, the hard times each one of us faces, into assets in today’s market place and in daily living. Captain Plumb shares his insights on coping with the challenges of both every day life and business competition in the twenty-first century. He helps audiences break free of their own self-constructed prisons of doubt. Charlie Plumb helps people uncover a new sense of purpose and potential. He gives each participant the strength to rise above the daily challenges of work and home and to recognize the opportunities that surround them. Captain Plumb leaves his listeners wanting to achieve and excel, no matter what the obstacles. In a powerful look-to-the-future manner, Captain Charlie Plumb illustrates the importance of living life to the fullest and of overcoming everyday adversity.
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One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie Plumb’s presentations are as he is – sincere, straightforward, humorous and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. Captain Plumb’s insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life, have a positive impact on those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a friend.
To this day, Captain Plumb continues to fly left-seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned 8 airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. Over the course of his military aviation career, Charlie Plumb has flown the T-34 Mentor, T-2 Buckeye, F-9 Cougar, F-11 Tiger, F-4 Phantom, A-4 Sky Hawk, A-7 Corsair, FA-18 Hornet and F-16 Falcon. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.
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As a Naval aviator, Captain Charlie Plumb served aboard the USS Constellation, USS Lexington, USS Oriskany, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Coral Sea and the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Captain Charlie Plumb’s military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the P.O.W. Medal.