Fate is the Hunter: A Pilot's Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 2, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
Ernest K. Gann’s classic pilot's memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. “Few writers have ever drawn readers so intimately into the shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is hear that Mr. Gann is truly the artist” (The New York Times Book Review).

“A splendid and many-faceted personal memoir that is not only one man’s story but the story, in essence, of all men who fly” (Chicago Tribune). In his inimitable style, Gann brings you right into the cockpit, recounting both the triumphs and terrors of pilots who flew when flying was anything but routine.
 

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A fantastic pilot's memoir. The stories are unbelievable. Dealing with icing, flying to Reykjavik, rescuing a downed crew in the Canadian wilderness, flying the Hump to China,… "Did you know we ... Read full review

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Episodic log of some of the more memorable of (the author's) nearly 10,000 hours aloft in peace and in war. It is also an attempt to define by example his belief in the phenomenon of luck-- that the ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
THE INNOCENTS
15
A NOVITIATE
27
in HUMILITY LEARNED
41
A CAPTAIN
53
THE SEASONING
71
OF NUMBERS
108
GYPSIES
116
COLD
228
xiil HEAT
250
FORTUNE
274
A HOLE
291
A PRETENDER
307
A CERTAIN EMBARRASSMENT
327
xvili TRAGEDY AND ESCAPE
348
EPILOGUE
370

RULE BOOKS ARE PAPER
153
VALHALLA
173
NOTES
387
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About the author (1986)

Ernest K. Gann is the author of numerous books, among them The High and the Mighty, Twilight for the Gods, The Aviator, and The Magistrate. He lives in Anacortes, Washington, and continues to write and publish prolifically.