Gerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
"Talk Down" by Brian Lecomber. A must for all GA pilots written by a GA Instructor. Pilot collapses over control of an Arrow over England leaving girlfriend pasenger in panic mode and a nearby instructor to talk her down. Gripping stuff. Probably in the second hand bookstores now but still my favourite. If only I could remember who I lent it to.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
To a lesser extent, Nelson DeMille's "By The Rivers of Babylon" features a Concorde getting "hijacked (read the story and it will explain the quotes, dont really wanna give anything away here)", although that comprises maybe the first 1/3 of the story, it's still a good read...
He also wrote another novel, with that guy who used to write for Flying Magazine and was a US 767 captain, Thomas XXXX (can't remember his last name)...that one was about a fictional make of airliner that got hit by a missile and all the passengers had hypoxia and were like zombies...can't remember the title but I wasn't terribly impressed with it...between the two I definitely recommend "By the Rivers of Babylon"...
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777guy From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
The title of the Thomas Block book is "MAYDAY". While it is far from my favorite book I still enjoyed reading it.
My favorite aviation books are "NUTS", Southwest Airlines Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal success by Kevin Frieberg and Jackie Frieberg. Great insite to Herb Kelleher and the airline itself. Also "From Worse To First" By Gordon Bethume. Nice story about the rebirth of Continental.
Aviadvigatel From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 39 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
One of my favourite books is 'No Highway' by Nevil Shute. This was made into a film with James Stewart in the 1950's. The main character (a Farnborough boffin) has a theory that a new aircraft has a metal fatigue problem with its tail, causing the tail to fail and break off in flight. It's a bit old fashioned, but still a good read.