The Aviator
Ernest K. Gann
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The Aviator

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The Rocky Mountains, 1928: He is a lonely US Mail pilot, bearing the scars, inside and out, of his worst flying experience. She is his passenger, an eleven-year-old girl, bright and perceptive beyond her years. Together they survive a devastating crash to begin the journey, and the revelation, of their lives (back cover blurb).
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published January 28th 1981 by Arbor House Publishing Company (first published January 1981)
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Ernest K. Gann was a “pilot’s pilot” and wrote many novels that proved it. This one is set in 1928 and tells the story of a then-modern-day “pony express” rider–a U.S. Mail pilot whose plane goes down in the Rocky Mountains during a bout of bad weather. He also had a passenger on the trip: an intellectual 11-year-old girl traveling to visit relatives, whose parents wanted her to see the world from the air instead of sending her by a safer mode of travel. (Could anything be less safe than riding...more
Bare bones story of 1920'S air-mail pilot crashing with young girl passenger. The Pilot's interaction and thoughts about the girl seem odd and make you wonder if he is a pedophile. The whole story seems to have some holes in it. Author's aviation experience shows. Passable writing.
Pretty good book. I heard it was creepy because of the relationship between the little girl and the pilot but it was more about feeling a connection to someone than anything physical. It was fairly intense with several close calls but the ending was anticlimactic.
Deanna Slade
This book reads like a true story with great authenticity and is a gripping tale of the early days of airmail service and what happened to one pilot and his young girl passenger.
Gann was a commercial pilot himself.

He KNOWS how to write air stories.

He also wrote The High and the Mighty
Arlene Allen
I came across this when I was working at B. Dalton and it was a "stripped" book. What a powerful little novel.
Don Gubler
Has a ring of authenticity about it.
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Ernest K Gann was an aviator, author, filmmaker, sailor, fisherman and conservationist.

After earning his pilot license, Gann spent his much of his free time aloft, flying for pleasure. The continuing Great Depression soon cost him his job and he was unable to find another position in the movie business. In search of work, he decided to move his family to California. Gann was able to find odd jobs...more
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