Robert J. Serling
Robert Jerome Serling (March 28, 1918 – May 6, 2010) was an American novelist and aviation writer. Born in Cortland, New York, Serling graduated from Antioch College. He became full-time aviation editor for United Press International in 1960. His novel The President's Plane Is Missing was made into a 1973 made-for-TV film starring Buddy Ebsen. He was the older brother of screenwriter and The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. He received the 1988 Lauren D. Lyman Award "for distinguished achievement in the field of aviation and aerospace journalism." He died of heart failure on May 6, 2010 at age 92.
|Air Force One is Haunted||1993||978-0312900298||Sequel to The President's Plane is Missing, again featuring President Haines|
|Something's Alive on the Titanic||1990||Library of Congress 90-37467||None|
|The President's Plane is Missing||1967||Paperback: ISBN||None|
|She'll Never Get off the Ground||1971||Paperback:||None|
|The Left Seat||1966||Paperback: Library of Congress 66-12219||None|
|The Probable Cause||1960 Doubleday & Company, Inc.||Library of Congress 60-15194||"Behind every airline crash there is a mystery that must be solved."|
|The Electra Story||1963 Doubleday & Company, Inc.||Library of Congress 63-7715||American Airlines Flight 320
Braniff International Airways Flight 542
Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710
Eastern Air Lines Flight 375
Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 706
|Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines||2008 Documentary Media LLC||978-1-933245-11-9||One chapter describes investigation of Alaska Airlines Flight 1866|
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- Was a United Press International, Washington, DC, reporter and manager of Radio News Division, 1945–60, aviation editor, 1960–66; air safety lecturer and consultant, beginning 1966.
- Received numerous honors of his work throughout his career: Trans-World Airlines, seven awards, 1958–65, for aviation news reporting, Strebig-Dobben Memorial Award, 1960; special citations from Sherman Fairchild Foundation, 1963, Flight Safety Foundation, 1970, and Airline Pilots Association, 1970; Aviation/Space Writers Association, James Trebig Memorial Award, 1964, special citation, 1967, award in fiction, 1966, for The Left Seat, and in nonfiction, 1969, for Loud and Clear.
- Collected commercial airline models (more than four hundred during his life) and material on aviation research.
- Member of the Society of Air Safety Investigators and the Aviation/Space Writers Association
- Brother Rod Serling hired him as a consultant for the airplane sequences in the episode "The Odyssey of Flight 33" of his hit TV-show The Twilight Zone.
- Something's Alive on the Titanic and The President's Plane Is Missing are fantasy novels set in real life high-profile backdrops.
- Was a reporter for the Washington Redskins. Travelled with the team and roomed with quarterback Eddie LeBaron.
- Authored the short story "Ghost Writer" published in Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary.
- Featured speaker at 2008 Airliners International convention in Dallas, Texas.
- Henry, Bonny (September 24, 2006). "Love of aviation led to seven-decade writing career". Associated Press Newswires.
- "Robert Serling to receive 1988 Lauren D. Lyman Award". Aviation Daily. vol. 295, No. 3. January 5, 1989.