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Old 01-12-2019, 06:53 PM
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Anybody, especially you pilots out there, ever read Fate Is The Hunter by Ernest K Gann? GREAT read about the early days of commercial aviation. Just finished reading it and man that is one awesome read. Not a new book either. Published in 1961 but still available on Amazon. This guy takes you right into the cockpit when flying was anything but routine like it is today.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:58 PM
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I have not, but I've heard of it. I think it was made into a movie years ago.
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It's on my list!

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Ernest Gann wrote several aviation books - all good reads based on his flying experiences.

I just watched the movie 'Fate is the Hunter' - good movie.
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Thanks for the heads up. Iím definitely going to find that book. Researching stuff while trying to overcome the fear of flying has turned me into an aviation geek. Iíve become so fascinated by it.
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Ernest Gann wrote several aviation books - all good reads based on his flying experiences.

I just watched the movie 'Fate is the Hunter' - good movie.
I just checked Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, not available on either one unfortunately. BUT, you can buy the Blue Ray DVD for 55 BUCKS or the regular DVD for $175.00!!! off Amazon. Whatís up with that I wonder?
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Another Gann-based movie is "Island in the Sky" starring John Wayne.

DC3 lost over the great white north. They put down on a frozen lake.
Air search takes place.

Sometimes people post pirated movies to YouTube. I think that might be where I saw 'Fate.'
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Another Gann-based movie is "Island in the Sky" starring John Wayne.

DC3 lost over the great white north. They put down on a frozen lake.
Air search takes place.

Sometimes people post pirated movies to YouTube. I think that might be where I saw 'Fate.'
Thanks for the tip on Island in the Sky and I think I might surf around You Tube for Fate.
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I have absolutely zero interest in aviation, but I will say without hesitation this book was one of the best books I have ever read. Gann takes you right into the cockpit in a way that makes you feel as if you were with him through every close call and crisis encountered during those early seat of the pants aviation times. A truly remarkable work. I was fortunate enough to acquire one of the original hardback versions which I believe is slightly different from later paperback versions.

This book also spurred me to read a host of other aviation books, and among others that I found fascinating was:

The Happy Bottom Riding Club : The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes

the story of one of the early turn of the century female barnstorming pilots.

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Great book. A must read for all pilots. I just gave this book to my son for Christmas.
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I have absolutely zero interest in aviation, but I will say without hesitation this book was one of the best books I have ever read. Gann takes you right into the cockpit in a way that makes you feel as if you were with him through every close call and crisis encountered during those early seat of the pants aviation times. A truly remarkable work. I was fortunate enough to acquire one of the original hardback versions which I believe is slightly different from later paperback versions.

This book also spurred me to read a host of other aviation books, and among others that I found fascinating was:

The Happy Bottom Riding Club : The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes

the story of one of the early turn of the century female barnstorming pilots.
spoc, itís amazing to me the number of people who have read this book and said it was one of the best books theyíve ever read, and many had no general interest in aviation.
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Wadcutter,

Agreed. Even more amazing to me is how many pilots I have told about this book who have never read it.
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Agreed. Even more amazing to me is how many pilots I have told about this book who have never read it.
What an amazing read it would be for pilots who had never read it before.
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