Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?  
User currently offlineTriJetFan1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7326 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Personally for me it is the "Black Box."


Earned PPL June 26, 2007
30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineWingnutMN From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7302 times:

From Worst to First by Gordon Bethune

or

Nine minutes, Twenty seconds: The tragedy & Triumph of ASA flight 529 by Gary Pomerantz

WingnutMN



Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! It's a bonus if you can fly the plane again!!
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7291 times:

A great novel I've read was "Captain" by Earl E. Rogers...it's basically a very well-written memoir of a (fictional) professional pilot's flying history. Lots of truth and VERY interesting reading in that book...I highly recommend it!

It's about 100x better than that John J. Nance drivel.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7263 times:

A book about airports in the U.S. I am reluctant to mention its name because I am unable to find it, and also because I'm unsure if it is only airports in the U.S. covered by this book.


Fly one thing; Fly it well
User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7262 times:

Non-fiction NUTZ...Story of Herb and Southwest and why they make $$$
Fiction....High and Mighty by Ernest Gann...Book of the 50's and also a 1954 movie with John Wayne and Robert Stack. NEVER Released in VHS by The Wayne family. They have the rights and have not released movie...but I DID NOT say you couldn't get a copy.
Safety/accidents...anything by Robert Serling. He has also written books about airline history. AA comes to mind.
Reference...Manufacturer Production books.



If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineB741 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 716 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7259 times:

Airliner Crashes. I don't know the author but it listed accidents since the Graf Zeppelin days.


Being Bilingual, I Speak English And Aviation
User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7211 times:

The best book I have is called "Hard Landing," by Thomas Petzinger.

"Splash of Colors" by John J. Nance is also a riveting, story-like narrative of the fall of Braniff.

"Freefall" by Jack E. Robinson looks at the demise of Eastern. Robinson was a part of Martin Shagrue's leadership team. Therefore, he offers a bit of bias towards management, and is much more critical of the unions.

One of the coolest books is called "Frequent Flyer," by Bob Reiss. He spent several days traveling aboard a Delta L1011. Crew changes, a variety of cities, and yet one author who stayed with the plane. The book is out of print (I found mine on Half.com.) But it is one of the most interesting books out there.


User currently offlinePilawt From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7187 times:

"Song of The Sky" by Guy Murchie, first published in 1954. It's long out of print, but used copies are usually available through the usual internet sources. The author, a navigator in WW2 transports and in classic propliners, weaves aviation history, science, folklore, amazing stories and the romance of flight.

The best book on how to fly an airplane was written sixty years ago: "Stick and Rudder" by Wolfgang Langewiesche, still in print and widely available.


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7171 times:

Hard Landing by Petzinger. Almost have it memorized I've read it so much Smile Extraordinarily well written and very hard to put down. Highly recommended. From Worst to First is another great one.

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineMSPXJGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7145 times:

I like John Nance's novels. Favorite by his is Blackout. They are all fiction but very well written. Nance used to be a pilot so he knows what he is talking about when describing planes.

User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7126 times:

One book not yet mentioned that's on my bookcase shelf... Dirty Tricks about BA's secret war with VS. Very interesting! Author: Martyn Gregory

This book has cool insight on LHR as well as competitive issues all due to Berumuda II agreement between AA, UA, VS, and BA.

FA4UA



The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6923 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7056 times:

Gordon Bethune: From Worst to First

Herb Kelleher: Nuts

Jack Cashill and James Sanders: First Strike, the Downing of TWA Flight 800

And any of the myriad of WWII books. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the 352nd FS is absolutely compelling.


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7027 times:

Nine minutes, Twenty seconds: The tragedy & Triumph of ASA flight 529 by Gary Pomerantz
(a brill read from the firstpage to the last)

Black Box (a great read and has a lot of info i did not know about the KLM/PAN AM Crash)


User currently offlineJumpseat70 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7029 times:

Skygods..the Rise and Fall of Pan Am by Gant. Also Splash of Colors by Nance, along with Maverick by Serling. And then there will be mine ....someday called "Jumpseat, The memoirs of a TWA Hostess". (Ha)

User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6923 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7023 times:

And then there will be mine ....someday called "Jumpseat, The memoirs of a TWA Hostess". (Ha)

I'll definitely buy it! I've often said I ought to write a book. In this business, truth is DEFINITELY stranger than fiction!  Smile


User currently offlineXwizard From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2004, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7011 times:

Two for your consideration:-

Andrew Weir's "The Tombstone Imperative" - a really thought provoking read

Earnest Ghan's "Fate is the Hunter"

Happy reading Smile

[Edited 2004-02-26 16:00:28]

User currently offlineCainanUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6988 times:

There is of course, "NUTS!!" the Southwest Airlines story. As for fiction, I really liked "Airframe" by Michael Crichton. Quite a decent read. Fake airliner company names of course, but quite technically proficient.


Cainan Cornelius
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6973 times:

In no order other than how they occurred to me just now:

Stranger to the Ground by Richard Bach. Essays on flying F-84s in the Air Force in the 1950s on a framework of a single night flight from England over Germany to France in an F-84. Bach at his best.

The Lonely Sky by Bill Bridgeman. Bill was a Douglas test pilot who flew the D-558 phase I and phase II. The book ends with his first meeting with the X-3 Stiletto. Very well written.

Island in the Sky by Ernest K. Gann. Forced landing of a transport on a frozen lake in Labrador or northern Quebec during WW II and the search and survival stories. Gann at his best.

Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins. The best-written book by any of the astronauts. Collins was the command module pilot on Apollo 11 and later curator of the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian.

The Left Seat by Robert Serling. The story is dated now but still well-told. A good look at the post-war years and the growth of airlines and their technologies. Serling is a skilled writer.

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Ste. Exupery. Probably the most lyrical writer who ever wrote about airplanes. This may be the only "literature" about airplanes. This one deals with flying the Sahara and the southern Andes in open cockpit biplanes. Some of the best aviation writing ever, and some stirring stories. Includes the ultimate eulogy for a pilot.

Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles. Really good account of the experience of being a young B-17 copilot in the 8th Air Force. Stiles finished his tour in bombers and returned to fly fighters. He was killed on the second tour.

Flights of Passage by Samuel Hynes. The sort of autobiographical account I wish more people could write. So many great stories out there and so few good writers. This is a very good account of being a Naval Aviator toward the end of WW II. One of my keepers.

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. Vastly better than the movie. Same basic storyline - contrasting test pilots with astronauts ("Spam in a can") while telling the story of the dawn of the space age in the US.

Also, Milt Thompson, one of the X-15 pilots wrote a very good book about that project and about his experience with the lifting body. Very rare book apparently, I've lost my copy and cannot remember the title. Anyone remember it? I have searched Amazon and Powell's for it with no luck.

Most of these are out of print and some may be very hard to find. All of them worth the effort.









Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

I've read a bunch of them, but the best was The Hardest Day by Alfred Price. It discusses the Battle of Britain and the book involves many personal stories from German and British fighter pilots. What I find most interesting was that the RAF sent 18 year olds out in battle with as little as 15 hrs of flying experience. Read it!

regards

johan



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6942 times:

Personally I loved the book by Anthony Sampson. He covers untill about 1986 when the book came out. The book is titled " Empires of the Sky "

- S.R.



W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6887 times:

John J. Nance writes some great books. I was given Blackout by an friend of mine and that got me started into Nance's books. I have read about 5 of his books so far. Looking forward to many more. Just bought his book Fireflight a few days ago and I am looking forward to getting started on it.
Fly Safely,
Jason D.



I do not fail!!! I succede at finding what does not work!!!
User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6874 times:

I just read Unfriendly Skies by "Captain X" it was really interesting, even though its about 10-15yrs old, it went through everything, from choosing the best seat in a crash, how to find the best fare, and all about his life in aviation blah blah blah....

LHR340



A340 LoVeR! EC-GQK - LHR The Bussiest International Airport & 3rd Bussiest In The World!
User currently offlineCaravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6834 times:

Genesis of the Jet (Frank Whittle and the development of the Jet Engine) by John Golley.

- caravelle



Trains and boats and planes....
User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2016 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6824 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

The Long Way Home, by Ed Dover. The story of the crew of Pan Am's Pacific Clipper enroute to New Zealand from SFO at the start of WW2. An amazing tale of getting one of those beautiful B314 flying boats back home by flying completely around the world.


It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.
User currently offlinePilawt From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6785 times:

Don't forget "Spirit of St. Louis" by Charles A. Lindbergh.

25 Dc8jet : The Left Seat by Robert Serling Grounded (Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines) by Aaron Bernstein The American Eagle (The Ascent of
26 Olympus69 : Ernest K. Gann's autobiography "Fate is the Hunter". The movie with the same title only dealt with a very small portion of the book.
27 SlamClick : "Fate is the Hunter" is for sure, a good book. The movie would have to get a whole lot better just to be disappointing. If I am not mistaken it is an
28 Azmi : The best aviation book I ever read is:Chronicle of aviation.Published by Jacques Legrand and edited by Bill Gunston.It isn't a novel or anything like
29 Fritzi : Flight of Passage - by Rinker Buck It is about two brothers, both under 18, that fly across America using a Piper Cub. It is written like in a diary f
30 AirAotearoa : I have a copy of 'All Four Engines Have Failed' by Betty Tootell which is an excellent first hand narrative by a pax on board BA 009 in June 1982 when
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
What Is The Best Aviation Song? posted Tue May 23 2000 01:25:20 by US521
What Was The Best/worst Aircraft That You Flew On? posted Wed Mar 15 2000 18:37:21 by VirginA340
What Is The Best Civil Aviation Magazine? posted Fri Nov 21 2003 04:55:56 by Qantasclub
What Is The Best Piston(single)aircraft To You? posted Mon Mar 19 2001 08:56:02 by DiamondBird4
What Is The Best Deal From SJU To SXM posted Wed Apr 14 2004 16:50:14 by Jetblue15
What Is The Best Viewing Airport In The World? posted Sat Feb 21 2004 17:27:25 by Chris78cpr
What Is The Best Airport In The Indian Sub Conti posted Thu Jan 29 2004 20:50:25 by Bluethunder
Best European Airline That You Have Flown And Why? posted Tue Jan 27 2004 10:35:24 by 744
What Is The Best Pacific Islands Airline? posted Tue Jan 6 2004 21:06:20 by AirGabon
What Is The Best Latin American Airline? posted Thu Jan 1 2004 13:34:23 by AirGabon