On Wings of Eagles is a 1983 non-fiction thriller written by Wings of fire summary pdf author Ken Follett. Set against the background of the Iranian revolution, it tells the true story of the rescue of Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord from prison in Tehran by a team of Electronic Data Systems executives led by retired Col. The story, according to Follett, is not fictionalized or a ‘non-fiction novel’. Ross Perot contacted Ken Follett, who was paid by his publisher, to write On Wings of Eagles.
Follett based his account on many conversations with the people directly involved, and had the drafts checked by them as well. Aside from changing a few names, he believes the story to be what really happened. In December 1978 two EDS executives working in pre-revolutionary Tehran are arrested on suspicion of bribery. Ross Perot, head of the Dallas-based company hears about it, he decides to extract his employees regardless of cost.
He orders the firm’s lawyers to find a way to meet the bail. He recruits a team of volunteers from his executives, led by a retired United States Army officer, to break them out by force, if necessary. This team flies to Tehran. Their well-rehearsed plan to break the two from jail fails because of a prison transfer.