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 Robert Gandt Biography

Flying and Writing. These have been the dual passions of Bob Gandt's life. He published his first story at age sixteen - the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has logged something over 25,000 hours, written sixteen books and published countless articles.

Gandt's flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his 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 at the time 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. In his 1997 deja vu work, Bogeys and Bandits (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.

In 1965 he began his career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways. For the next 26 years he flew around the globe, domiciled in places like New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong. His 1995 book, Skygods, recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.

In 1985 Bob and his partners, Harry Shepard and Carl Pascarell, formed the Redhawk Aerobatic Team. Flying their Siai-Marchetti fighter-trainers (rescued from a military boneyard in the Congo), they performed their formation aerobatic routine for over three million air show spectators.

Bob Gandt's first 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 1991 book,China Clipper (Naval Institute Press), 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 (Viking Penguin), the inside account of the 1998 battle for the unlimited air racing championship at Reno, Nevada.

Bob's first novel, With Hostile Intent, was released by Penguin Putnam in September 2001, followed by Acts of Vengeance, Black Star, Shadows of War and The Killing Sky. The sixth in the series of aviation thrillers, Black Star Rising, hit the shelves in January 2007.

In 1998 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, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

With Delta Air Lines' 1991 acquisition of Pan Am's Atlantic routes, Bob changed uniforms and joined Delta as a Boeing 767 captain and international line check airman. He and his wife, Anne, live at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Daytona Beach, Florida, where Anne heads up her real estate firm, Country Club Properties of Spruce Creek.

Bob's sixth non-fiction work, Intrepid, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by former naval aviator and presidential candidate John McCain, was published by Random House in the autumn of 2008. In November, 2010, Random House released The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of WWII and the Men Who Fought It. For The Twilight Warriors Gandt received the prestigious Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature in 2011.

During this same period, China Clipper, Bob's classic work on the age of the great flying boats, was republished by Naval Institute Press on the occasion of the China Clipper's 75th anniversary. In 2014, Bob's seventh novel, The President's Pilot, was published to great critical acclaim. A year later, with co-author Gary A. Scott, Bob published the ground-breaking Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness, and Achievement.

Bob's sixteenth book, Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in October, 2017.

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The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of World War II and the Men Who Fought It

The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of World War II and the Men Who Fought It

The Killing Sky

The Killing Sky

With Hostile Intent

With Hostile Intent

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Robert Gandt Biography

Flying and Writing. These have been the dual passions of Bob Gandt's life. He published his first story at age sixteen - the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has logged something over 25,000 hours, written sixteen books and published countless articles.

Gandt's flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his 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 at the time 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. In his 1997 deja vu work, Bogeys and Bandits (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.

In 1965 he began his career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways. For the next 26 years he flew around the globe, domiciled in places like New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong. His 1995 book, Skygods, recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.

In 1985 Bob and his partners, Harry Shepard and Carl Pascarell, formed the Redhawk Aerobatic Team. Flying their Siai-Marchetti fighter-trainers (rescued from a military boneyard in the Congo), they performed their formation aerobatic routine for over three million air show spectators.

Bob Gandt's first 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 1991 book,China Clipper (Naval Institute Press), 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 (Viking Penguin), the inside account of the 1998 battle for the unlimited air racing championship at Reno, Nevada.

Bob's first novel, With Hostile Intent, was released by Penguin Putnam in September 2001, followed by Acts of Vengeance, Black Star, Shadows of War and The Killing Sky. The sixth in the series of aviation thrillers, Black Star Rising, hit the shelves in January 2007.

In 1998 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, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

With Delta Air Lines' 1991 acquisition of Pan Am's Atlantic routes, Bob changed uniforms and joined Delta as a Boeing 767 captain and international line check airman. He and his wife, Anne, live at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Daytona Beach, Florida, where Anne heads up her real estate firm, Country Club Properties of Spruce Creek.

Bob's sixth non-fiction work, Intrepid, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by former naval aviator and presidential candidate John McCain, was published by Random House in the autumn of 2008. In November, 2010, Random House released The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of WWII and the Men Who Fought It. For The Twilight Warriors Gandt received the prestigious Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature in 2011.

During this same period, China Clipper, Bob's classic work on the age of the great flying boats, was republished by Naval Institute Press on the occasion of the China Clipper's 75th anniversary. In 2014, Bob's seventh novel, The President's Pilot, was published to great critical acclaim. A year later, with co-author Gary A. Scott, Bob published the ground-breaking Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness, and Achievement.

Bob's sixteenth book, Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in October, 2017.

Robert Gandt Videos

  • Robert Gandt speaking about the Reno air races
  • Robert Gandt presents ANGELS IN THE SKY
  • Robert Gandt at the Alabama Booksmith for "Angels in the Sky"

Robert Gandt Books

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  • How to book Robert Gandt?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Robert Gandt for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Robert Gandt, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Robert Gandt or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Robert Gandt?

    Booking fees for Robert Gandt, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robert Gandt, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robert Gandt?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robert Gandt for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robert Gandt for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robert Gandt or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robert Gandt or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robert Gandt is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert Gandt for your event is available upon request. Robert Gandt generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nnedi Okorafor, Beth Clark, Jonathan Sandys, Amitav Ghosh and Jenny Blake. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert Gandt for an upcoming event.

Robert Gandt Speaker Videos

  • Robert Gandt speaking about the Reno air races
    Robert Gandt presents ANGELS IN THE SKY
  • Robert Gandt at the Alabama Booksmith for "Angels in the Sky"
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