Lothar "Nick" Maier was born in Buffalo, NY. He entered pilot training with Aviation Cadet Class 55-M, January 1954, and was commissioned at Williams AFB, Arizona, April 1955. Immediately after graduation, he was one of the first Second Lieutenants to enter SAC's Pilot AOB (Aircraft-Observer-Bombardier) course at James Connally AFB, Texas, and received a Navigator rating. Assigned to B-47s at Smoky Hill AFB, Kansas, where in 1956 his crew was the first from the 40th Bomb Wing to be assigned to B-52 upgrade training at Castle AFB, and subsequently remained there in the 93rd Bomb Wing training cadre.
Nick was a B-52 aircraft commander for twenty years, flying the B through G model aircraft. He received a SAC Crew of the Month Award for an aircraft save in 1967. Served one B-52 Arc Light tour in 1969 with 70 combat missions, and was 8AF Senior Controller at Andersen AFB, Guam, during Linebacker II in 1972. His writings have been published in several military and travel related periodicals.