Jim Escalle was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley town of Delano, California. Growing up in an agricultural community, he remembers having a love of aviation since the first time he saw a Stearman crop duster at the local airport and was allowed to sit in it. Fascinated with anything related to World War II at the time, especially the air war, Jim liked to watch movies on the subject, along with reading just about every book he could find. He enjoyed scale modeling for many years, and also went to local air shows, seeing and taking pictures of airplanes such as the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt going through their amazing aerial maneuvers. But he enjoyed the modern jets as well. When time permits, he still likes to visit and take photos at nearby air museums, air shows and special events. Jim received a degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno, in 1983 and has been involved in public education at the elementary school level for almost thirty years. He is also the author of Unforgotten Hero, which tells the life story of his uncle, a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who became missing in action during the Korean War. Jim is a frequent contributor on the Detail & Scale Facebook page, and he also contributes photographs to Detail & Scales digital publications. He currently lives in Bakersfield, California.