Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot

Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot

by Robert Gandt
     
 

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Americans are fascinated by the undeniable mystique of the elite world of Navy fighter pilots. In Bogeys and Bandits, Robert Gandt takes readers on a thrilling ride in the FA-18 Hornet, one of the fastest, sleekest, and deadliest aircraft in the world. Gandt lived and worked with several pilots learning to fly the Hornet: the identical twins from Middle America; the

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Americans are fascinated by the undeniable mystique of the elite world of Navy fighter pilots. In Bogeys and Bandits, Robert Gandt takes readers on a thrilling ride in the FA-18 Hornet, one of the fastest, sleekest, and deadliest aircraft in the world. Gandt lived and worked with several pilots learning to fly the Hornet: the identical twins from Middle America; the computer nerd with a penchant for speed; the grandson of a Tuskegee Airman, trying to live up to a proud legacy; and two women dealing with the post-Tailhook world of the Navy. Gandt weaves superb technological details of the Hornet and an insider's look at the highly demanding training program with portraits of the day-to-day lives of these very real people aspiring to fulfill a dream. Bogeys and Bandits will hold readers breathless as they soar through the skies in the cockpit of the fastest and deadliest fighter plane in the world.

Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
Gandt adds to his three previous aviation histories the story of six men and two women undergoing the testing process for becoming carrier-qualified pilots of the navy's FA-18 Hornet. Except that two of them are a pair of identical twins, the eight constitute a cross section of the current generation of aspiring pilots in terms of their strengths and weaknesses and their reactions to various problems facing that generation, such as downsized armed forces, political correctness, and the sheer sop
Stephen Coonts
This superb book is for everyone who is, was, or wants to be a part of the glorious adventure that is naval aviation.
Barrett Tillman
Bogeys and Bandits is one of the best aviation books of the year.
Robert DeGroat
This excellent book details how Hornet pilots become Hornet pilots. Be sure to strap this one on for a great ride.
Robert Gandt
Bogeys and Bandits is about as close as one gets without arming the ejection seat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013292048
Publisher:
Robert Gandt
Publication date:
10/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,174,008
File size:
607 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Gandt’s career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and international airline captain with over 30,o0o flying hours. At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy, where he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. As a captain for Pan American World Airways, he flew around the globe, domiciled in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong.
Gandt is the author of six novels and seven non-fiction books. In 1998 he made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold, which was adapted from his best-selling thriller, Bogeys and Bandits. His latest, The Twilight Warriors (Random House, 2010) is the winner of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
Gandt and his wife, Anne Busse, live and work at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Port Orange, Florida.

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