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Robert Jerome Serling (born March 28, 1918) is an American novelist and aviation writer. 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 is the older brother of screenwriter and The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.[1] He received the 1988 Lauren D. Lyman Award "for distinguished achievement in the field of aviation and aerospace journalism."[2]


  • 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.
  • Has collected commercial airline models (owns more than four hundred) 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.


  1. ^ Henry, Bonny (2006-09-24). "Love of aviation led to seven-decade writing career". Associated Press Newswires. 
  2. ^ "Robert Serling to receive 1988 Lauren D. Lyman Award". Aviation Daily vol. 295, No. 3. 1989-01-05. 

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