Jack Hunter, author of 'The Blue Max,' dies at 87

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- The author of the World I air combat novel "The Blue Max" -- Jack D. Hunter -- has died after a battle with cancer. He was 87.

The Florida Times-Union said Hunter died Monday in St. Augustine.

Hunter published "The Blue Max" in 1964. His first novel, it was about a German infantry corporal who joins that country's air corps. He sets out to shoot down 20 enemy planes and win its highest honor, nicknamed "The Blue Max." The book was made into the 1966 movie that starred George Peppard and Ursula Andress.

Hunter wrote 16 more novels and served as a writing coach at the Times-Union and St. Augustine Record in Florida. He was honored as a "Literary Legend" by the Florida Heritage Book Festival.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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