Peter Hunt

Biography

Peter Hunt's fascination with history and the underwater world began as a child while living in Greece for six years, where his parents were teachers at the American Community School in Athens. He began spearfishing at age 10 and spent most summer days exploring the Greek coast where it was not uncommon to run across amphora and other relics of antiquity on the sea floor.

After returning to the United States, Hunt immediately enrolled in his first scuba class in 1978, earned an open water certification, and began working at a local Long Island dive store and eventually as a crewmember on the store's wreck diving charter boat during weekends. In the spring of 1982, Peter Hunt met Steve Bielenda and was offered a position as a crewmember on the Wahoo

He continued to explore New York area shipwrecks, including four successful expeditions to the Andrea Doria, over the course of the next four years. Hunt has been a PADI Divemaster since 1984, is IANTD trimix and technical diving certified, and has made over 1,000 dives around the world.

Peter Hunt graduated from Brown University with a history degree in 1985 before joining the Navy and training as an A-6 Intruder attack pilot. He completed three aircraft carrier deployments to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific during ten years of military service.

After leaving the Navy, Hunt continued to fly as a pilot for a major international airline until being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005 at age forty-three. Hunt holds a Masters Degree from the University of Washington, lives with his wife and two children on Whidbey Island, and still dives despite the progression of Parkinson's disease.

His first book, Angles of Attack (Ballantine 2002), is a pilot's account of combat operations during the first Gulf War.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of touching a single individual and making a positive difference in his or her understanding of life, especially if they have Parkinson's disease. I strive to be the best listener possible. This often means traveling with another down their personal path of self discovery, an always fascinating and sometimes enlightening invitation to view another's soul. If this sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, please remember that I used to be a Navy carrier combat aviator and commercial airline pilot, as well as a former deep-water shipwreck diver; in other words, one accustomed to life's harsh perceived realities. But there is so much more out there. By inviting a reader into my story, I might be able to offer a glimpse of possibility and hope for those with incurable disease.
What do you read for pleasure?
Until relatively recently, I read nothing but books on history, politics, and biography/autobiography. Now I look for books that tease the imagination and stir the soul, stories and nonfiction which inspire both deep thought and an unconscious connection of commonality, kindred tales of our society's generational myths. For me, it is all about trying to understand the experiences of others, be they real or fiction, not to find fixes or cures. There is no cure for life. All we can hope to do, I believe, is to ease another's path towards a settled, inner peace.
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Where to find Peter Hunt online


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Books

The Lost Intruder, the Search for a Missing Navy Jet
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 77,650. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
In 1989, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder crashed off Whidbey Island, Washington. The Navy's search for the jet came up empty handed. Former Navy pilot Peter Hunt knew the lost Intruder well, as the jet came from his squadron; he had flown that aircraft. Hunt long imagined the thrill of finding the sunken A-6. In 2014 he struck out to find the missing A-6 while battling young onset Parkinson's disease.
Setting the Hook, a Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 92,110. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Peter Hunt crewed on five Andrea Doria expeditions, the “Mount Everest of wreck diving,” in the early 1980s before becoming a Navy pilot. Twenty years later, Hunt set out to dive the famous luxury liner again. An introspective odyssey of memory and heart-pounding adventure, Setting the Hook explores thirty years of extreme diving in a personal tale of learning to accept life’s oldest challenge.

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