You could say a military life was in the Arrington family's blood, but though his father served on nuclear submarines, Randy Arrington found his calling far above sea level as an attack pilot.
The same holds true for Hollywood: Arrington's father worked as an electrician at the old Hollywood General Studios, while Randy Arrington hopes the movie he wrote based on his experiences as a U.S. Customs pilot will one day be released from production limbo.
“I wrote that to honor naval aviators,” Arrington said. “It's further come full circle to honor all military aviators.”
“Kerosene Cowboys” began as a novel of “fact-tion” Arrington wrote to honor fellow pilots from his U.S. Customs squadron in New Orleans. The pilots' missions often consisted of rescuing drug mules who would dehydrate as they attempted to cross into the United States. Their role was different from that of border-patrol units, which Arrington said would “go up, view the guys, and go down.”