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User currently offlineR3500vdp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

I would like to start a topic to see if anybody can post some great novels around civil aviation. The type of novels that you pick up on a rainy Sunday and cannot put down.

I can start with two by the writer Nevil Shute:

No Highway... A novel that describes a fictious British aircraft suffering from metal fatigue, which was written before the comet crashes. Great story.

Slide Rule... Describes the career of Nevil Shute himself in aviation and includes an interesting description of the R101 airship disaster and the start of the Airspeed aircraft company, founded by Nevil Shute.

PS: If this post should be moved to the hobby forum, feel free to move it, no offense.

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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2292 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

Airport by Arthur Hailey . Truly a masterpiece.

2 things are endless: ignorance and space
User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 6058 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

"Night over Water" by Ken Follet

Set in 1939, the true star in my opinion was the flight on the Pan American Boeing 314 Clipper. I am astounded at the tremendous amount of research must have gone through, as it is as best I can tell, a very accurate representation of a flight on a Boeing Clipper.

Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
User currently offlineJc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 677 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

I would think the granddaddy of all aviation novels would be "The High And The Mighty". A good book, and a good movie, too.


If not now, then when?
User currently offlineR3500vdp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Thanks Jack. Have to read that one. Two more that just came to mind are "Flight into Danger" by Arthur Haily and "Airframe" by Michael Crichton.

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

Michael Crichton comes up with good ideas but he's a crap writer.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

'The Pilots wife' by Anita Shreeve, not really a full on aviation novel, but it has some relation.

User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3191 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2856 times:

The only series writter of civil aviation i know of is John J Nance.

He's written a single military aviation fiction (Scorpion Strike), but also somewhere around 10 civilian books, most pertaining to airliners. Though in many cases he isnt right on technical facts, they are still good reads.

The titles i can remember:

Final Approach
Phoenix Rising
Pandora's Clock
Madusa's Child
The Last Hostage

i think i might be missing one...
He's working on another one currently, supposedly to be out in early 2005.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2857 times:

I read Hard Landing when I was in Cape Cod, MA a few years ago. The book's based in the BOS airport, but the story plot is rather lame and highly dubious.

User currently offlineGerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Brian Lecomber - "Talk Down". A pilot has a heart attack in a Piper Arrow (I think) over England and the club's flight instructor goes up to "talk" the girlfriend in the aircarft, down. Very expertly detailed. A great read. See also "Dead Weight" by the same author.
Also great is "The Pilot" by some one Davis. Line pilot flying DC8s has a drinking problem.

User currently offline7E7Fan From Sweden, joined May 2004, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

I'd have to nominate 'Freefall' by William Hoffer and Marilyn Mona Hoffer. True story about an Air Canada 767 that runs out of fuel at 41.000 feet due to some tragic miscalculations. Anyway... it's getting old but I still take it out and read it from time to time as I can really feel the tension in that cockpit as they handle the situation.


User currently offlineDC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

Band of Brothers, and Blaze of Noon, by the bard, Ernest Gann,God bless and rest him!

the rumble of round engines is like music to me,likewise the thunder of thr JT8D
User currently offlineAl319 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Thomas H Block, has written some pretty good suspense thrillers about terror in the skies. So far I have read Forced Landing and Orbit both are pretty well written and entertaining its worth checking out. You should be able to pick up some used copies on Amazon.

“atom celled…jet propelled”
User currently offlineKerberos From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

I once read an exerpt from a book about the true story of a Pan Am Clipper that was caught in Australia on December 7th, 1941, and of course could not fly back to Hawaii. They were forced to fly the long way back to New York, with no support other than what they could bargin for along the way. The crew paid for fuel out of their own pockets etc.

Does anyone know the name of this book? I'd love to read the whole story.

This is your captain speaking. I’ve turned off the no-smokin’ sign. Hell, if the plane is smokin' why can't you?
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2657 times:

fire flight by john nance. really good, reading it now for like the 5th time. also, there have already been a few threads on this topic.

"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineCougarAviator From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

Light this Candle. Great biography on Alan Shepard.

Failure is not an option.....
User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

The best book is "Flight of Passage" by Ricker Buck, its about 2 young men who fly a J3-Cub across the US. Its a true story, its really good!

Globally Yours
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