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.
The Left Seat
Paperback: Popular Library, 1966
The President's Plane Is Missing
Paperback: Dell, 1968
She'll Never Get off the Ground
Paperback: Dell, 1972
Laurel Group, 1977
Paperback: Pocket Books, 1980
Dial Press, 1978
Paperback: New American Library, 1979
St. Martin's, 1982
Paperback: New American Library, 1984
Air Force One Is Haunted
St. Martin's, 1985
Sequel to The President's Plane Is Missing, again featuring President Haines
Something's Alive on the Titanic
St. Martin's, 1990
Paperback: St. Martin's, 1993
The Probable Cause: The Truth About Air Travel Today
Doubleday & Co., 1960
Library of Congress 60-15194
Paperback: Ballantine Books, 1964
The Electra Story
Doubleday & Co., 1963
Library of Congress 63-7715
Paperback: Bantam Books, 1991
Loud and Clear: The Full Answer to Aviation's Vital Question -- Are the Jets Really Safe?
Doubleday & Co., 1969
Papberback: Dell, 1970
Birth of an Industry: A Nostalgic Collection of Airline Schedules for the Years 1929 to 1939 (jn facsimile)
R. H. Donnelly, 1969
Ceiling Unlimited: The Story of North Central Airlines
Walsworth Publishing, 1973
Little Giant: The Story of Gates LearJet
Maverick: The Story of Robert Six and Continental Airlines
Doubleday & Co., 1974
The Only Way to Fly: The Story of Western Airlines, America's Senior Air Carrier
Doubleday & Co., 1976
The Jet Age
Time-Life Books, 1978
Series: "The Epic of Flight"
From the Captain to the Colonel: An Informal History of Eastern Airlines
Dial Press, 1980
Howard Hughes' Airline: An Informal History of TWA
St. Martin's Press, 1983
Eagle: The Story of American Airlines
St. Martin's Press, 1985
Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and Its People
St. Martin's Press, 1992
When the Airlines Went to War
Kensington Books, 1997
Steel Rails and Silver Wings: The Lindbergh Line to the Birth of TWA
Weekend Chief Pub., 2006
co-authored with George H. Foster
Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines
Documentary Media, 2008
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.