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C.W. Lemoine
Lemoine seated in his F-16 at Homestead Reserve Base, Florida
Born (1983-02-19) February 19, 1983 (age 41)
Alma materTulane University
  • Author
  • Airline pilot
  • Reserve fighter pilot
  • Reserve police officer
Known forAuthor of Spectre series and aviation analyst
Military career
Allegiance United States
Rank Major
ConflictsIraq War
Awards Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
C.W. Lemoine
YouTube information
Also known asMover
  • C.W. Lemoine (2018–present)
  • Life with Mover(2020–present)
Years active2018–present
Subscribers413,000 subscribers
(April 2024)
Total views93.33 million
(April 2024)
100,000 subscribers2020

Last updated: 15 December 2021

C.W. Lemoine is an American author, former military aviator, and YouTuber who was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his service in the reserves. His service spans a period of fifteen years in the United States Air Force and United States Navy reserves, which includes a deployment to Iraq in 2009. He has written twelve books, nine of which are part of the Spectre series.

Personal life and education[edit]

Lemoine initially attended Louisiana State University[1] but later transferred to and graduated from Tulane University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management studying business law and marketing.[2] Lemoine is a brown belt and certified instructor of Survival Krav Maga.[3]


Career as a pilot[edit]

Lemoine applied to the Air Force reserve and completed Air Force Officer Training School in 2006, following the completion of his training and graduation from the fighter pilot program, he was stationed in Homestead Air Reserve Base[4] where he flew the F-16 as part of the 93rd Fighter Squadron, with the call sign "Mover". In 2009, Lemoine deployed to Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, wherein he averaged sixty to seventy hours within two months on the F-16 and eventually accumulated a thousand hours on the aircraft.[5]

Following the deployment, Lemoine requested for and received a transfer to the Navy Reserves citing his unhappiness from being far away from home and the diagnosis of his father's health condition at the time. He trained on the F/A-18 Hornet and qualified to fly the aircraft in 2012. After flying the aircraft for seven months and following the test of an upper back pain, Lemoine was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease,[6] suspending him from flying for a period of seven months. As a result of being unable to waiver the medical issue, Lemoine transferred back into the Air Force reserves and in 2018 was commissioned in the reserves as a major, conducting the role of adversary air with F-22 pilots while flying the T-38.[7]

In 2015, Lemoine was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal following his actions on the day that his fellow fighter pilot, Abaxes "Chili" Williams' aircraft was struck by lightning. Following the strike, Williams began to feel disoriented with his speech being slurred and had been noticed by Lemoine to be slumping over in the aircraft. Lemoine guided and aided Williams on the approach and with his landing, failing the first attempt but catching the runway trap on the second. Lemoine was cleared to fly a week later, Williams was awarded the Navy Air Medal and was cleared to fly a month later.[1]

Writing and other endeavors[edit]

Lemoine began writing as a way to cope with the passing of his mother when he was twelve years old,[8] after the completion of his novella, he attempted to publish it but was unsuccessful when the book wasn't picked up by agents. During his downtime between the transfer from Navy to Air Force reserves, he began writing the Spectre series and self-published the books. The books contain fictional characters with real-life scenarios and events pertaining to Lemoine's life.[9]

Lemoine is a reserve police officer in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and has based his book Absolute Vengeance on the events of his experiences in law enforcement, although he has stated that the events are not correlated to his department.[10]

He started his YouTube channel in 2018 during his career as a fighter pilot in the Air Force without a particular purpose, but soon went on to provide career advice on aviation in the military,[11][12] general gaming videos as well as reaction videos to general as well as military aviation events. He received attention in 2018 for a video in which he analysed the Greek Mirage and Turkish F-16 incidents.[13][14] In August of that year a Turkish general had stated to "not underestimate the Greeks" following the incident and the reports of Lemoine's comments.[15]

In March 2021, Lemoine aimed to produce an air combat reality show entitled "Fight's On", which would pit one pilot against another in a dogfight. The SIAI-Marchetti S.211 trainer was the selected aircraft, but the project stalled, when fund raising fell short, as a result donations were either returned, or sent to the “Folds of Honor” charity.[16][7][17]

In July 2023, Lemoine began a weekly podcast with fellow T-38 pilot and former Naval Aviator Trevor "Gonky" Hartsock discussing a wide variety of topics related to civil and military aviation.



  • Spectre Rising: A Spectre Thriller (2013) (ISBN 978-1-49108-181-5)
  • Avoid, Negotiate, Kill: A Spectre Thriller (2014) (ISBN 978-1-49928-189-7)
  • Archangel Fallen: A Spectre Thriller (2015) (ISBN 978-1-51429-483-3)
  • Executive Reaction: A Spectre Thriller (2015) (ISBN 978-1-51763-969-3)
  • Brick by Brick: A Spectre Thriller (2016) (ISBN 978-1-53031-750-9)
  • Stand Against Evil: A Spectre Thriller (2016) (ISBN 978-1-54064-740-5)
  • Spectre Origins: A Spectre Thriller (2017) (ISBN 978-1-52156-620-6)
  • Absolute Vengeance: The Alex Shepherd Story (2017) (ISBN 978-1-64008-245-8)
  • The Helios Conspiracy: A Spectre Thriller (2018) (ISBN 978-1-98022-400-6)
  • I Am the Sheepdog: An Alex Shepherd Novel (2018) (ISBN 978-1-98295-946-3)
  • Fini Flight: A Spectre Thriller (2019) (ISBN 978-1-09765-585-4)
  • N.O. JUSTICE: An Alex Shepherd Novel (2021) (ISBN 979-8536137734)


  1. ^ a b Olivier, Claudette. "NAVY PILOT'S FIGHTER JET STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: Eunice native honored after assisting wingman". Eunice today. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Engineering Degrees and the Air Force Academy, Mover Mailbag Episode 1". C.W. Lemoine. Retrieved 8 April 2021 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Narby, Doug (2 November 2013). "IS EUNICE NATIVE NEXT TOM CLANCY?". Eunice today. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Homestead Air Reserve Base enhances youth understanding through 'Bring Your Child to Work' program". Homestead Air Reserve Base. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  5. ^ Bienaimé, Pierre. "Fewer Than 100 People Have Flown 4,000 Hours In An F-16". Insider. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  7. ^ a b Tegler, Eric. "A Fighter Pilot And YouTuber Wants To Put Flight Sim Enthusiasts In Real Jets To Dogfight So We Can Watch". Forbes. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  8. ^ Schneider, Ryan. "10 Questions with Thriller Writer C.W. Lemoine". Author Ryan Schneider's Blog. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  9. ^ "How Did I Become an Author?". C.W. Lemoine. Retrieved 13 April 2021 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Sprang, Curt (4 October 2017). "He protects people on the ground, in the air, and between the pages. Check out his new book!". WGNO. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Mondays with Mover - Episode (ZL) 1". YouTube. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  12. ^ Boitnott, John (5 September 2018). "5 Pieces of Career-Changing Advice From Navy Fighter Pilots". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  13. ^ Cenciotti, David. "Video shows Greek fighter jet 'engage' a Turkish F-16 over the Aegean Sea". Insider. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  14. ^ Antonopoulos, Paul (16 May 2020). "Aviation Expert: Greek pilot "owned" the Turkish one who made Vipers "look bad" (VIDEO)". Greek City Times. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  15. ^ Antonopoulos, Paul. "Retired Turkish General: Do not underestimate the Greeks, they can attack Ankara (VIDEO)". Greek City Times. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  16. ^ Niles, Russ (22 March 2021). "Gamers May Get Dream Shot In Real Dogfight". AVweb. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  17. ^ Ferreira, Carlos (24 March 2021). "Pilots of homemade simulators will be able to fly real planes in the USA". Aeroin. Retrieved 9 April 2021.