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Ace Abbott, author of The Rogue Aviator: In the Back Alleys of Aviation
Ace Abbott was born and raised in upstate New York, entered the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and became an F-4 Phantom pilot based in the Far East. He began his civilian career as a Learjet corporate/charter pilot, spending his last twenty-two years as a Boeing 727 captain. He retired in 2002 after visiting forty-four countries with fourteen different airlines.
on May 11, 2013 :
Ace, I'm part way through a similar career. Having started out with a large Australasian carrier in the mid eighties where we had caviar and lobster, to now what it's peanuts and cola along with 14 hour duties where we pack our own lunches. The young ones need to read books like this before embarking on an aviation career.
It's the way it's gone, as it has for the shipping industry before us.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 07, 2011 :
Ace Abbott's The Rogue Aviator is a fantastic look at a 30+ year career as a professional pilot and the personal journey one might expect in an aviation related flying career. Ace's life story is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the airline business, and exposes the continuous life/work balance a professional pilot faces during a career. The book solidifies my appreciation of putting family first, before career in the airline industry. If you ever wondered what it would be like to strap yourself into a military jet, build some exciting flight time, and then fly for the majors, as well as corporate/charter flying, then The Rogue Aviator is worth the read. Highly recommended for those seeking the perfect aviation related gift as well. Thanks Ace for sharing your story with us and for your service to the country.
-Pete, author "Squawk 7700"
(reviewed the day of purchase)