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Your Favorite Airline Related Book?  
User currently offlineCtrav11 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 8 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5447 times:

I have been on the hunt for a good, well-researched non-fiction book about the history of the commercial aviation industry for some time now. But I thought it might be fun to ask everyone to weigh in with the name of their favorite aviation related books. Novels, non-fiction, nothing is off limits -- as long as it was printed with two covers and pages in between.

Who knows? When we're done, Airliners.net might have its first official "reading list".

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User currently offlineAV8orWALK From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5423 times:

Hands down. "Nuts...Southwest Airlines Crazy Recipe for Success". I used it to get hired at Southwest some 10 years ago. I'm not at Southwest anymore, but now I require my new hire guest relations specialists to read it during orientation week at the resort I manage in Orlando.

Cheers!
Drew MCO



The safest place to be in an airplane crash is on the ground.
User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3318 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5402 times:

I did enjoy "From worst to first" Gordon Bethune on Continental Airlines.

On the accident side of things without doubt the best researched books are the ones written by Macarthur Job, "Air Disaster", I think he has 4 separate volumes out. The detail of how and why the accident happened is brilliant.A must read.



you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

Hi,

I really liked "North Star Over My Shoulder" by Captain Bob Buck (TWA Captain):

http://www.amazon.com/North-Star-ove...UTF8&s=books&qid=1224958357&sr=1-1

Hope it might prove interesting etc.,

Pierre.


User currently offlineDaviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 5329 times:

The very recent "Touching History," by Lynn Spencer is real page-turner. It's about the behind the scenes of civil and military aviation on September 11.

User currently offlineJOEYCAPPS From Italy, joined Jul 2008, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

Blue Streak: Inside jetBlue, the Upstart that Rocked an Industry
Barbara Peterson

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Streak-je...lue-Upstart-Industry/dp/1591840589


User currently offlineTango29 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5304 times:

RuinAir, an entertaining and funny look at low cost air travel in europe, it also highlights the
bad experiences of Ryanair passengers/victims, it also gives the reader a lighthearted yet
eye opening account of how Ryanair operates, a great entertaining book i could'nt put down!

Cheers!



Flown: A300,310,319,320,321,332,333,346,380, B720, 727,732,733,734,735,738,741,744,752,753,763,772,773
User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5289 times:

I read this as part of a university dissertation on airline alliances:
http://www.amazon.fr/guerres-du-ciel...UTF8&s=books&qid=1225184876&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/2213592497/robspage01

This is a good history of Ryanair:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1845132939/robspage01

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1995 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5198 times:

For the history of commercial aviation, when the airlines carried the mail and (occasionally) a few passengers for the ride, the books of Antoine de Saint-Exupery are among the all time greats:

Night Flight (Vol de Nuit)
Southern Mail
Wind, Sand, and Stars
Flight to Arras (Pilote du Guerre) - Not commercial, but still great

His descriptions of the majesty of flight and brilliant insights into the meaning of life are unforgettable. They belong on every aviation buff's reading list.

Here the my Amazon.com reading list of books by and on Saint-Ex (one of my heroes) I composed:

http://www.amazon.com/Au-Revoir-Sain...X0DER&pf_rd_r=0B4BTDYND5RTJ32M30SA



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

"Freefall"-I don't remember the author's name. It is a factual narrative of the incident of the Gimli Glider from the perspective of the crew and passengers of that flight.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

My favourite would have to be The Flying Book, by David Blatner. Even as a seasoned wingnut I learned a fair ammount from it, and its veery funny too.

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2146 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

TRACON by Paul McElroy, although fiction, is a great book about the world of ATC and involves a collision between two planes and the controller's struggle to clear his name. Definitely worth a look.


Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2931 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5111 times:

"Ask the Pilot" by Pat Smith I got it years ago and it was my first aviation book. Legend.


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2833 posts, RR: 45
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5023 times:

"Frequent Flyer". A great book in every way.

User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11442 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4971 times:
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"Boeing vs Airbus" , a real interesting one.


New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
User currently offlineTravellerPlus From New Zealand, joined Nov 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4889 times:

"Beyond the Blue Horizon" by Alexander Frater. In the early 1980's he flew along the orginal 1930's Imperial/Qantas route between London and Brisbane as best he could. I love it because at the time it combined the historic notes with comtemporary travel, such as flying on 707's. Now the contemporary travel is historic. Reading it now sends a chill up the spine as flew on the same TWA 727 before it was hijacked to Beiruit in 1985, he heard whipsers of Saddam Hussein's poison gas developments and encountered Indonesian soldiers on the way to brutalise East Timor. It's not all doom and gloom as there is a wonderful description of Delhi-Belly, a busty Swedish lass doing vodka shooters and ping-pong in Patpong too! A true gem on many levels.


What goes around comes around....unless your luggage is not on the carousel...
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

On a Wing and a Prayer edited by Malcolm MacPherson

You'll never look at a plane crash the same again. MacPherson was the guy who also edited The Black Box, which is a bunch of well-known plane crashes and the transcript from the cockpit. On a Wing and a Prayer goes beyond that and has interviews of the actual survivors of the crashes and the ordeal from a survivor's perspective. Freaky stuff in there, I tell ya! GET IT!!!



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

1. SPLASH OF COLORS...John Nances book on Braniff International Airways and its demise.
2.HIGH AND THE MIGHTY...a fictional story and a movie
3.RUNWAY ZERO 8...another fictional story.....the movie "Airplane" was loosly based on this.
4.PROBABLE CAUSE...airline crash stories and causes by the best ..... Mr. Robert Serling
5.THE ELECTRA STORY.....the trouble with the Lockheed L188....another Serling book.

safe



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