Ernest Gann was a man of many talents, but it was his love of flying and his excellent command of language that first propelled him to success as he wrote some of the best aviation literature of all time. Over the years Gann published a slew of aviation-themed best-sellers, including Fate Is the Hunter, The High and the Mighty and Island in the Sky, and throughout the decades the classic works have continually captured the imagination and suspense of pilots and non-pilots alike. What made the novels so great, in part, was that Gann was the real-deal, a man who loved to fly and who piloted everything from the DC-3 to the U-2 to the F-15 over the course of his life. But beyond that rich flying history, he had the rare ability to convey the love and excitement of aviation within a neatly woven narrative, one that captured not only the truths of flying but also the truths of life. He was a frequent contributor to the pages of Flying. While Gann passed away in 1991, he continues to inspire and enthrall aviation enthusiasts around the world who have the pleasure of exploring new worlds within the pages of his books.