BOGEYS AND BANDITS by Robert Gandt The Making of a Fighter Pilot navy’s most advanced fleet fighter/bomber jet- -the FA Hornet. Veteran Navy fighter pilot Bob Gandt takes the reader along in the cockpit when he revisits his own elite training program after almost thirty years. A class of eight . Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot. Robert L. Gandt, Author Viking Books $ (p) ISBN
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As Gandt follows these students through school, i Veteran Navy fighter pilot Bob Gandt takes the reader along in the cockpit when he revisits his own elite training program after almost thirty years.
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You get to follow a group of young aspiring pilots who want to take it to the top, literally and figuratively by becoming Naval aviators qualified for carrier operations.
Bruno Benvenuto rated it it was amazing Jan 27, This book, which follows a class of strike fighter trainees through the qualification process, does provide a good sense of what it is really like to be a fighter pilot. Reading about carrier landing and other aspects of jet training is much much more intriguing than watching it. Lists with This Book. Can’t help thinking of the WWII JGs, leftenants and flight officers who as mere teenagers set to fly the temperamental first line fighters of the time.
Scenarios and Dioramas will certainly be improved and created from scenes and parts of this book.
Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. His descriptions of flight sweep are vivid enough to transport the reader to the Hornet’s cockpit. Gandt lived and worked with several pilots learning to fly the Hornet: Oct 17, Max rated it it was amazing. This was one of my favorites. Very interesting topic and stories, not the best writing. Surely fighter jocks still has to be aggressive but an element of science has been added. A Remarkable Book This book is a monument to naval aviation, and Gandt is a remarkable writer.
Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot
Oct 02, Gergely “nemo” rated it liked it. The navy, he asserts, covered up bandita incident by attributing it to engine failure. In Bogeys and Bandits, Robert Gandt takes readers on a thrilling ride in the FA Hornet, one of the fastest, sleekest, and deadliest aircraft in the world. Become a LibraryThing Author. Return to Book Page.
However, these things don’t take away too much from the compelling subject matter.
Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot by Robert Gandt
Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox, who was Dash Four out on the right flank of the formation, had reached the same conclusion as Mongo: Gandt follow his class through every phase of the process, from first aircraft familiarisation to final assignment to the fleet, so we learn a lot. Veteran Navy fighter pilot Bob Gandt takes the reader along in the cockpit when he revisits his own elite training program after almost thirty years.
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Some high-ranking veteran fliers tell Gandt that they would not qualify under present standards and that they are amazed to hear today’s sophisticated trainees discussing stocks and corporate jobs. Apr 07, Janet rated it really liked it. JesperCFS2 Mar 13, Gandt also touches on more controversial matters: Be the first to discover new talent! The Fall of Pan Am,follows eight trainees from their introductory briefing to the difficult ppilot exam and on to their service with the fleet, where they become accustomed to hte off and landing on a carrier pitching and tossing on the open sea.
Today’s pilots are chosen with a heavy stress on college ranking, in contrast with wartime standards that welcomed any eager volunteers. No current Talk conversations about this book. Lightship rated it really liked it May 31, Can’t help thinking of the WWII JGs, leftenants and flight officers who as mere teenagers set to fly the temperamental first line fighters of the time.
As well as the extremely extrovert, testosterone laden, hard drinking fighter jocks from the 50s, 60s and 70s. A good insight for the non pilot. Larry L Sheldon rated it really liked it May 23, Business folks may want to kf the many command and “Man -management” discussions in this book.
Some really interesting stuff. Veteran Navy fighter pilot Bob Gandt takes the reader along in the cockpit when he revisits his own elite training program after almost thirty years.
Kind of made it feel miraculous that more pilots don’t die in the line of duty. This is a gem of a book every aviation enthusiast and budding fighter pilot should read.
boheys As a former youth coach, I found anr group dynamics, with the internal dialogue Gandt adds very instructive. The author, a former US Navy Pilot himself, follows a class of pilots, newly assigned to fly the F Strike fighter off carriers. The book is written extremely well, blending in the rather few technical descriptions and the action scenes with the personal battle that all of the people in the book.
One can relish and savour the moment that much longer, as the thrill of most aspects of the flight and training unfolds slowly, as can only be possible through words.
James rated it liked it Dec 13, It leaves you in no doubt that the days of ‘kick the tyres, light the fires’ are no more.