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THEY FLEW INTO OBLIVION:
             The Disappearance of Flight 19

  In 2005 a national spotlight was placed upon a mystery of aviation because of They Flew into Oblivion. Having an early and still-unfinished copy of the manuscript, Larry Landsman, SCI-FI Channel’s determined Special Projects Director, pushed for a special documentary to be produced by NBC News Productions and then lobbied Congress through Podesta-Matoon, the nation’s third largest and influential lobbyist, for formal recognition of the subject of this book in Congress. This culminated in a Resolution in Congress sponsored by Republican E. Clay Shaw of Florida, which passed overwhelmingly on November 17 at 420-2 votes.

   This recognition was unique in that it honored 14 US Navy airmen who had vanished 60 years before. They were not war heroes. Nor were they on some crucial mission. The war had been over for months, and the flight was merely on a routine training run off the east coast of Florida. The total disappearance of the “Lost Squadron,” “Lost Patrol” or, as it is most frequently called, Flight 19, was a bizarre case if for nothing more than the very number of aircraft that vanished.

   Paradoxically, however, little is known of the actual incident and the 14 aviators who vanished. Rather than being  subjected to serious journalism as in the case of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart or Glenn Miller, or the destruction of the Hindenberg, Flight 19 became buried in the popular enigma of the “Bermuda Triangle.” Any recounting of it was but a vignette designed to link it with the many others that had vanished. 

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     Author Gian J. Quasar, the man considered the leading expert in the world on the Bermuda Triangle, however, pulls the flight from the Triangle’s clutches to reveal it as a military blunder, a tragedy and an irony. Like an absorbing detective read, They Flew into Oblivion leads the reader through the case and its aftermath and then follows the author on his solution of its mystery and his search for its final resting place. The result is to lay bare the incident once and for all. The trail stops at a federal refuge that will allow no examination of its contents for fear it might disturb the alligators . . . and for fear Flight 19 is indeed inside.  

     About the Author: For 20 years Gian Quasar has reigned as the undisputed expert on nautical disappearances and the Bermuda Triangle. When the Coast Guard considered updating their official opinion on the topic, he was consulted for his input. He has also been the guest on hundreds of radio shows and the subject of over 30 one hour long documentaries on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, NBC, SCI-FI, Fox, TLC, BBC, National Geographic Explorer and many others.

     Over 10 years now since the international spotlight propelled Quasar and his quest to acclaim, They Flew Into Oblivion still stands as the high point of investigative journalism on a popular mystery. Fictional super hero “Doc Ford” even carries a copy with him as a guide in Randy Wayne White’s New York Times bestseller Night Moves (Putnam, 2013).

     Of Quasar and his book, Randy Wayne White declares:  

       “The danger of Gian J. Quasar’s fascination with mysteries often assigned to ‘paranormal causes’ is that readers will assume his writing is tainted with secret advocacy and bias— like the majority of hacks who litter this field. Readers, rest easy. Quasar is a superb writer and researcher, and stands alone at the top of this unusual field. Through Quasar, the genre is elevated (finally!) to equal, even exceeds, the highest standards of investigative journalism, and he has the rare ability to distill complex data into lucid declarative sentences— I can give no higher praise. Quasar’s THEY FLEW INTO OBLIVION is not only the best book by far on the iconic Flight Nineteen, it serves as the gold standard, in my opinion, for readers and future writers who seek to explore the complex facts (which make a mystery no less wonderful) rather than soothe their biases with fairy tales.”

    Since March 1999 Gian Quasar’s website (first bermuda-triangle.org) and now The Quester Files has been the number one source of information on the Triangle and related incidents. His first book Into the Bermuda Triangle (McGraw-Hill, 2003) earned him international praise and was even optioned for film adaptation by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner while at Paramount Studios.

   Since that time, Quasar has evolved into the “real life Kolchak.” The Quester Files is now becoming the center of his research into the world of many unexplained and unsolved mysteries.

“The danger of Gian J. Quasar’s fascination with mysteries often assigned to ‘paranormal causes’ is that readers will assume his writing is tainted with secret advocacy and bias— like the majority of hacks who litter this field. Readers, rest easy. Quasar is a superb writer and researcher, and stands alone at the top of this unusual field. Through Quasar, the genre is elevated (finally!) to equal, even exceeds, the highest standards of investigative journalism . . .”

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