Ace Abbott was born and raised on a farm in upstate New York.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and became an F-4 Phantom pilot based in the Far East.
Upon leaving the military, Ace began his civilian aviation career as a Learjet corporate/charter pilot. He spent his last twenty-two years as a Boeing 727 captain.
He retired in 2002. During his career he visited forty-four countries with fourteen different airlines.
Ace is the author of the new book The Rogue Aviator: In the Back Alleys of Aviation