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The novelist Richard Bach was born on June 23, 1936, in Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
His parents were Roland Robert and Ruth Helen Shaw Bach; his father worked as a manager in the American National Red Cross (a non-profit organization focusing on humanitarian causes). The author went to study at the Long Beach State College (California State University).
When Bach was in his early teens, he took his first flight in a Globe GC-1 Swift (The Globe GC-1 Swift is a post-World War II light double-seater sport monoplane) when he was invited by her mother's campaign manager, Paul Marcus.
Richard Bach then joined the United States Navy Reserve (USNR), and the next department Bach joined was the New Jersey Air National Guard (Aerial Military of the state of New Jersey). Bach then went into the 141st Air Refueling Squadron (141 ARS), which is a unit of the Air National Guard of New Jersey. He joined the 141st Fighter Squadron as the fighter pilot of Republic F-84F Thunderstreak. Richard Bach had gained immense knowledge regarding aviation and its departments, so he later worked different jobs.
Richard Bach joined the Douglas Aircraft Company (an aerospace manufacturing company which is based in Southern California) as a technical writer. He also became a contributing editor of the Flying Magazine. In 1960, Bach joined the USAF and was stationed in France. After her service ended, the novelist decided to become a barnstormer (stunt pilots perform aerial tricks that are often showcased as a form of entertainment).
In the next decade, Richard Bach, with his buddy, Chris Cagle, went to Ireland. They took part in barnstorming for a movie by Roger Corman, named 'Von Richthofen and Brown' ('The Red Baron'). In the movie, Bach and his friend performed stunts with World War I aircraft of the Blue Max assemblage, which is owned by Lynn Garrison, an ex-RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) pilot. Bach also wrote for Garrison's publication called Avian.
The novelist released his first book, which was autobiographical, 'Stranger To The Ground', and received positive reception. Bach then released, 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'; the short novel went on to become a best-seller despite being rejected by many publishing houses. 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' was made into a movie and a documentary film. In 1977, Bach released the second book, 'Illusions: The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah'.
Richard Bach was once injured gravely while landing Puff, a 2008 Easton Gilbert G Searey plane. In 2013, 'Travels With Puff' was released, and Richard Bach had also released the sequel to his book Reluctant Messiah, which came out as 'Illusions II: The Adventures Of A Reluctant Student, which is based on his real-life accident.
Richard David Bach has a net worth of 6 million as of 2022.
Richard Bach has a height of 5 ft 11 in (180 cm).
Richard Bach is 85 years old as of 2022.
Richard Bach was married thrice, his first wife was Bette Jeanne Franks (pilot), and they both had six children, Jonathan Bach, Kristel Bach, Robert Bach, James Bach, Erika Bach, and late Bethany Bach. The second wife of Richard Bach was actress Leslie Parrish, and his third wife was Sabryna Nelson-Alexopoulos.
The Aviation novelist Richard Bach is known for his famous book, among many books, 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'. Through his writings, the novelist has shown a unique perspective while using aviation philosophical structure interconnectedly with multitudes of subjects, which also includes his own personal stories as well.
Bach's family lineage is related to one of the greatest composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach. His other well-known books are 'One' and 'The Bridge Across Forever'.
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