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My Blue Yonder by Carl Gamble

My Blue Yonder

by Carl Gamble

244 pages
With calm decision-making, Carl landed burning and hijacked airplanes.

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About the Book
Carl Gamble, a premier airline pilot, has penned a remarkable memoir, a powerful story about his journey from the cotton fields of Madison County, Alabama, to the captain’s seat flying jumbo jets between North America and Europe. While in grade school, Gamble was inspired by jet fighters flying over Madison from a nearby Air Force Base and his dream to become a pilot was born. Gamble’s hard and focused work overcame an inauspicious start studying aviation at Tennessee State University, a necessary stepping stone toward a flying career for African Americans of small means in the 1960s.

Gamble was awarded the Air Force’s coveted Distinguished Flying Cross. His quick thinking and superior flying skills enabled him to land his C-47, severely disabled by enemy antiaircraft fire, and save the lives of his crew in Vietnam.

My Blue Yonder tells Gamble’s story by taking you to his boyhood home, into the cockpit of his crippled plane, and into his PTSD. You fly with him to rescue men adrift on an ice floe in Lake Superior, refuel combat aircraft at four hundred miles per hour over the Gulf of Tonkin, and negotiate with a hijacker while flying in a holding pattern off the coast of Florida.

A memorable quote passed through generations of pilots, and a favorite of Gamble’s, is, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots.” Similarly, there are pilots who have landed burning airplanes and there are pilots who have been hijacked. Gamble is potentially the first pilot to experience both.



About the Author
Carl Gamble Carl Gamble, a former aviator, is an author and a motivational speaker. Carl is a former US Air Force captain and Vietnam War veteran. From supersonic aircraft to jumbo jets, Carl’s planes include one destroyed by enemy fire and a hijacked airliner. Carl and his wife live in Matthews, NC.

Bob Rogers, Captain Gamble’s collaborator, is the author of the novels Hitting Life’s Curveballs, The Laced Chameleon, and Sacrifice at Shiloh Church. His most recent work, First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story–Sesquicentennial Edition, was featured in the August 2016 edition Kirkus Reviews magazine.



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