FlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 858 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4039 times:
The gift giving season is coming, I thought a thread on your favorite aviation book might generate some gift ideas for you or your spotter friends.
Here are my favorite aviation books:
FICTION: Airframe by Michael Crichton, 1996, Alfred A. Knopf (pub).
This book is a great yarn for readers of these boards.
NON-FICTION: Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewieshe, 1944, McGraw-Hill (pub).
Once you have finished your ground school, read this book. This book is a great read for pilots or anybody that wants to understand better how to fly an airplane.
A Field Guide to Airplanes by M.R. Montgomery and Gerald Foster, 1984, 1992, Houghton Mifflin (pub).
This book needs to be updated, but, is still a great book for spotters. It works like a "bird field guide" in that it is designed to teach the reader how to identify one a/c type from another similar type. It is also small so it can be taken to the field!
OK, bring it on, what are your favorite aviation books?
Aviaction From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 256 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4010 times:
My all-time favourite:
The Fly Girls
(also published as Girl on a Wing)
by Bernard Glemser
It's hilariously funny - and takes you back to the swinging 60s, when flying was still something special. It's of course fictitious, yet well researched.
(well, admitting that I've read this book at least a dozen times, will cost me all "creditability" and won't make me a resp. user on the net ... but believe you me, if you love flying, you will adore this book).
Tiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3844 times:
A book called Silverbird or Silverbirds is a book about AA, the history, corporation, the people and aircraft types. There is also about the Boeing 720 that is pretty good, it has all the original owners and the last known registrations and owners. I wish I could remember the publishers. There are so many good aviation related out there to buy.
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to mankind, landing is the first!
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3840 times:
The Black Box is pretty good too!
One of my favorites was I believe "The Story of Aviation", written by my grandfather's old flying buddy, Capt. Kimball J. Scribner, ex. Pan Am chief pilot and B747 Capt. He was a first in many areas, this autobiography is amazing.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3767 times:
Air Disaster 1,2,3
Catch Me if you can
Lost Moon(story of Apollo 13)
Moonshot(story of the US space program)
Chronicle of Aviation
The Encyclopedia of world aircraft
Splash One(the story of jet combat)
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3740 times:
I, too, have reviewed many aviation books on Amazon.com.
Some of my favorites:
For a literary tour-de-force, I recommend West with the Night by Beryl Markham. If you want to brush up on your French, go with Antoine de Saint Expury's books.
My favorite book on a single aircraft type: Boeing 377 Stratocruiser by Nicholas A. Veronico. Mr. Veronico really outdid himself with this one! I have never encountered a book with such a rich assortment of flight-deck and cabin pictures - enough to show the variations for the original airlines. Besides, the text is a joy to read. Check out my review on Amazon.com for a more detailed description.
For the birth of aviation and the excitement of getting a heavier-than-air machine airborne, I recommend How We Invented the Airplane by Orville Wright. Parts are dry and technical, but the reader shares in the joy and determination of the Wright's dream - and an age-old dream of all mankind.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Stratusdrv From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3696 times:
OMG People I can't believe that ya'll didn't mention the book TRACON yea it may be about ATC but it still is a good book and can give people a good sense of what the other half of the aviation community experience. I forget who the author is my ex still has my copy of the book....darn it!!!! ya'll should check it out its one that will keep you glued to the pages, its the only book that I actually enjoyed being forced to read..... had to read it for my intro to ATC class. Happy reading all
AASilverbird From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
I've only read a few, but one I really enjoyed was 'Flying the Big Jets' by Stanley Stewart. The one I have was publised in 1992 by Airlife Publishing. Gives intricate detail on the 744, physics of flying, flight planning, navigation, etc, etc. Almost everyting you've wanted to know. In this book it follows a BA 744 from LHR-JFK. I think he has since written another edition detailing the 777.
Has anyone read anything written by John Nance? He's written several fiction books on aviation. I've never read anything he's written, but just picked up a book called 'Skyhook.' I've yet to start it, but has anyone read this.....what's your impression?
A book called Silverbird or Silverbirds is a book about AA
I have 'Silverbird' as well. I haven't read it cover to cover, but it's a great book. Very well put together and great photographs!