Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 13609 times:
Anything by John Nance. Final Approach, Medusa's Child, Blackout, The Last Hostage, Pandora's Clock, Phoeinx Rising, are all excellent. His non-fiction story on Braniff (Splash of Color's) is another good read.
I also agree with another poster, Rod Serling has some great novels, but his non-fiction airline histories cannot be beat.
Finally, no list would be complete without mentioning Ernest K. Gann and "Fate is the Hunter".
DEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13602 times:
Thanks, Alex, for starting this topic. I've been meaning to ask the same question. If you can get your hands on the March 1998 Airways magazine, they had a pretty good article titled "Flights of Fiction" covering aviation related novels. I just looked over it again, and interestingly enough, John Nance isn't even mentioned in the article, after most previous posters have recommended (sp?) his work.
One book reviewed and not yet mentioned, that I think sounds interesting, is Flameout by Basil Jackson. It sounds similar to Airframe to me. Accident investigation on a new wide-body jet which crashes mysteriously in Kansas.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30206 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 13593 times:
One of the best Authors out there is Nevell Chute(appoligise if I screwed up the name) he has a book out there called No Highway. It was made into a movie with Jimmy Stewart, and I can't think of her name.
Anyway the basis is that Jimmy is an american aerospace engineer. Anyway is convinced that the metal in this new British aircraft design with fail, causing crashes. Then he is sent to investigate the crash of one by flying on another of the same type!!!
Sounds like a copy of the Comet accidents right. I thought is was when I first saw the movie......But get ready...The book was written four years before the Comets first flight.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
BHMAL From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13571 times:
If any of you like non-fiction as well, I recommend reading "Odyssey of Terror". It is about the hijacking of a Southern Airways DC-9 from Birmingham to Cuba back in the 70's. It's been quite a few years since I read this book but I know the author was the captain of that flight and his last name is Haas.