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Fate is the Hunter

Fate is the Hunter

A Pilot's Memoir

Ernest K. Gann’s classic memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. 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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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671636036 | 
  • July 1986
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Chapter I

THE INNOCENTS

AND OF THE FACTS OF AERIAL LIFE

In the beginning many of us were scientific barbarians. We had neither the need nor the opportunity for technical culture. The interior of a cloud was a muggy and unpleasant place. We knew only that to penetrate cloud for any extended period of time was inviting trouble we were ill equipped to meet. Though we had long delighted in playing about the edges of cumulous battlements, we stayed on the ground when we could not see. Night flying was also a limited indulgence, if only because the fields from which we operated were the most humble in every respect and... see more

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