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January - March 2009     VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1
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Authors @ the Library presents Robert Gandt

Please join the staff of the Paisley County Library to hear author, pilot, daredevil and screen writer Robert Gandt on Thursday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Gandt will introduce his latest book Intrepid. The USS Intrepid is a 27,000-ton, Essex-class aircraft carrier that has sailed into harm's way around the globe. At Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, she sank Japanese warships and endured kamikaze and torpedo attacks. She fought at Okinawa, surviving to be the recovery ship for America's first astronauts and later returning to action in Vietnam.

Robert Gandt's flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his eleven books. He has been a Navy fighter/attack pilot, weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and airline captain. At age 20 he was, briefly, the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. As a carrier-based attack pilot, he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. After 26 years as a pilot for Pan American World Airways Bob and his partners formed the Redhawk Aerobatic Team. Flying their Siai-Marchetti fighter-trainers they performed their formation aerobatic routine for over three million air show spectators.

Gandt's first non-fiction book, Season of Storms, grew from his acclaimed series in the Far Eastern newspaper, South China Morning Post, about the WWII battle for Hong Kong. Bob's long association with Pan Am and its romantic history inspired the 1992 book, China Clipper which relives the mystique of the great commercial flying boats. His fascination with warbirds and the high-adrenalin world of unlimited air racing provides the background for Fly Low, Fly Fast, an inside account of the 1998 battle for the unlimited air racing championship at Reno, Nevada.

Bob's first novel, With Hostile Intent, was followed by Acts of Vengeance, Black Star, Shadows of War and The Killing Sky and Black Star Rising. Bob made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold. Drawing on the material from his book Bogeys and Bandits, he worked as writer and technical consultant for the twenty-two-episodes.

For information on the Authors @ the Library series: Please check out his website for more information on the author and his works: