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User currently offlineN612UA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13130 times:

Hello I would like to know what are some good commercial aviation novels that are out?

I have read some of the John J Nance books what are some other good ones?

Thanks mike

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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1632 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13150 times:

I would start with Nance's Pandora's Clock. One of the best books I've ever read.

-N243NW Big grin



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User currently offlineN612UA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13128 times:

N243NW I have read that one. That was a good one  bigthumbsup 

Mike


User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13110 times:

Air Babylon - Bunch of laughs

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3307 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13091 times:
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Airframe by Michael Crichton. My favorite author, and one of his best books, too.

Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint Exupery. Not commercial aviation, per se, but an amazing book.

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User currently offlinePILOTALLEN From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13089 times:

Theres one called "Shift Happens" I think thats the name its about a male flight attendant who is married to a female pilot for some airline I cant recall which one but its really funny and its a neat point of view...theres a sequal which I don't remember. Its pretty cool though....there are many more general aviation ones anything from ferry pilot stuff (Air Vagabond) to bush pilot ones which are great!


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User currently offlineN612UA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13079 times:

Hello thanks for the replys Airframe by Michael Crichton that is a great book. I have read it twice already. PILOTALLEN if you know of some general aviation stuff i'll check them out.

Thanks again guys


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13074 times:

Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K. Gann is a great book if you are interested.


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User currently offlineGerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13065 times:

Best novel on GA flying is "Talk Down" by Brian Lecomber (if you can find it)
Best Commercial Aviation - "The Pilot" by Robert P Davis

Gerry


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3409 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 13057 times:

"Flying High" It's about the creation of JetBlue. Pretty good book that outlines how Neeleeman was able to establish an airline that was rather successfull from the start. Although it was published before Jetblue's success leveled off. It would be interesting to read the author's thoughts of the airline as it goes through a time of moderate growth, especially the snowstorm operations meltdown.

User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 13054 times:



Quoting N612UA (Thread starter):
I have read some of the John J Nance books

You can start by reading the rest of his books.

I've read ALL except 2 of his books. I'm currently reading Medusa's Child and the last one i'll be reading is Fire Flight.

He sure is one heck of an author.


User currently offlineCLEwatcher From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 13053 times:

i would also recommend Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child

also, those 2 books have been made into 'made for tv' movies



-Raymond
User currently offlineSkydoll From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 13035 times:

I'm writing one...SKYDOLL - think Will and Grace in the air. Hopefully will have it finished soon. Check out my blog and read chapter 3. www.shouldbewriting.blogspot.com

User currently offlineCAP2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 13019 times:

Check out "The Plane Truth", its a bunch of short stories written by a F/A; some of which a pretty funny.
Also check out "Mayday", its got a decent storyline to it.



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User currently offlineN612UA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 13018 times:

Hello thanks for all this help. All these are going to go on my list so I can start reading them.

Mike


User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2231 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12975 times:

If you're interested in airline history, get one of Robert Serling's novels. Wings and The Left Seat are airline related. The President's Plane is Missing is more military focused, but still a great book.

Airport, by Arthur Hailey, is another classic - after you read the book, you will know why any time there is a posting on this website about an airplane stuck in the mud, someone else posts "paging Joe Patroni".



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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12973 times:

Quoting Gerry (Reply 8):
Best novel on GA flying is "Talk Down" by Brian Lecomber (if you can find it)

He also wrote another couple of novels, "Turn Killer" and "Dead Weight". I remember one about an air taxi pilot in the Caribbean, the other about an aerobatic display team.

signol

[Edited 2008-01-11 08:14:58]


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12958 times:

One book that I really enjoyed was "Night Over Water" by Ken Follett. Very good read, takes you right back to the days of the flying boats and clippers.


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User currently offlineSpenceSaab From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12920 times:

Although it's not so much a novel, (but it is a paperback) - I'd Highly recommend reading "Airline Confidential" by Richard Havers & Christopher Tiffney. Its a really good light-hearted read, so you don't need to be "in the mood" for reading anything too deep or serious.

A quote from the back synopsis:
"[Havers & Tiffney] have assembled a unique collection of reminiscences, anecdotes, quotations, quirky facts and trivia.
Airline travel, once the glamourous preserve of the rich and famous, is now commonplace. Yet commercial aviation continues to exert a strange fascination. There's something about it that prompts many of us - whether celebrities, aircrew or just plain ordinary passengers - to behave bizarrely.

So you know (although you're all more knowledgeable than myself - you probably already do know) Richard Havers began his career in the airline industry as a messenger for British United Airways when most airliners still had props. He left the business as Vice President of Continental Airlines. Christopher Tiffney spent fourteen years working for the world largest insurance broking organisation (Lloyds) in London, Seattle and New York arranging cover for airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

a small quote from inside is typical of this book: its about announcements made by cabin crew after touchdown (you know, the old "Stay in your seats till at the gate" except this time they got a bit creative...

"Ladies and Gentlemen, as you are all now painfully aware, our captain has landed in Seattle. From all of us here at [the airline] we'd like to thank you for flying with us today and please be very careful when opening the overhead bins as you may be killed by falling luggage that shifted during our so-called "touchdown"."

LOL!  laughing 

Like I said, its well worth a read. Hope the post helped in some way
regards,
-Spence-



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 12756 times:
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Good book based loosely on TWA800.



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User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 12581 times:

This is a memoir, if that interests you at all: "Flight of Passage" by Rinker Buck.

Very good book!



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User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 12570 times:



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 19):

Great Book. although the first chapter was a suprise!


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12515 times:

I'm really surprised that nobody mentioned "Airport" by Arthur Hailey. Brings you back in 1960s and time of 707s  Smile


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User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 12476 times:



Quoting 787seattle (Reply 20):
This is a memoir, if that interests you at all: "Flight of Passage" by Rinker Buck.

Excellent book.

Currently reading "North Star over my Shoulder" by Robert Buck



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2231 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 12459 times:



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 22):
I'm really surprised that nobody mentioned "Airport" by Arthur Hailey. Brings you back in 1960s and time of 707s

Check Reply 15:

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 15):
Airport, by Arthur Hailey, is another classic - after you read the book, you will know why any time there is a posting on this website about an airplane stuck in the mud, someone else posts "paging Joe Patroni".




Seaholm Maples are #1!
25 Dc863 : "Down to a Sunless Sea" "Flight One" "Flameout"
26 Kubus : This list is getting really good. I'll have to stock up on these for next winter. John Nance also has couple non fiction books, Amazon has used ones s
27 Flynlr : Maverick: the story of Robert Six and Continental Airlines is a great read about the earlier times of CO. not a novel. but dang good read.
28 Nostalgair : Hi, I really enjoyed Richard Bach's "Biplane". It follows the author as he crosses the United States in his 1929 Detroit-Ryan Speedster, model Parks P
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