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User currently offlineR3500vdp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2746 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, 2268 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Airport by Arthur Hailey . Truly a masterpiece.

2 things are endless: ignorance and space
User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5350 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2720 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.

Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
User currently offlineJc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 595 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2695 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 (10 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2683 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 (10 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

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

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7128 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2578 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, 3129 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2568 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, 5526 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2569 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, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 2521 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 (10 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2520 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 (10 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2517 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 (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2474 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 (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2404 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: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2369 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 (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2329 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 (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2303 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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