R3500vdp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2667 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.
LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4938 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2641 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.
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NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3012 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
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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:
The Last Hostage
i think i might be missing one...
He's working on another one currently, supposedly to be out in early 2005.
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Gerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2442 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.
7E7Fan From Sweden, joined May 2004, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2441 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.
Al319 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2395 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.
Kerberos From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2325 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.
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