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User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 14525 times:


Aside from Airframe and Airport, do you know of any other worthwhile commercial aviation fiction books?


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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 14475 times:

Total Control by David Baldacci. I haven't read it but it's supposed to be about a wife investigating her husbands death on a plane crash.

Also, Rainbow 6 has quite a bit of Aviation in it. It starts off with the hijacking of a LHR bound UA 777. Then the group flies over in Europe on BA. I'm halfway through the book.

User currently offlineUSAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 14467 times:

I loved "Medusa's Child" and "Phoenix Rising" both by John Nance. You honestly can't put them down.

User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14464 times:

Like USAirways said, "Medusa's Child" is excellent. If I remeber correctly, Nance is (still or formerly) a 727 pilot.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14457 times:

"Wings" by Robert Serling rocks. It's about a young man, and his rise to the top while running a fictional airline. When it comes to aviation writing, Robert Serling is the best, bar none.

Regarding John Nance, his history of Braniff Airways is excellent reading. By the way, he does continue to fly, I believe for Alaska Airlines.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineWorldTraveller From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 624 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14448 times:

Yes, Rainbow Six has some nice paragraphs on planes, but I noticed that the applauded Tom Clancy isn't quite an expert on commercial aircrafts.

For example, Swissair has no A340 in its fleet (only from 2002/2003 on, but the story takes place in 2000). Sorry Mr. Clancy! :-(


User currently offlineCALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1002 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14442 times:

I agree very much with the above about John Nance the ex Alaska Airlines Capt. who writes some great airline fiction...

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14439 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".

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14435 times:

My favs are Pandora's clock, Medusa's child and airport. A bunch of definant page turners.

User currently offlineDEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14432 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.

John Hancock
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 14423 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.

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (16 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 14420 times:

Last Hostage by John Nance!!

User currently offlineBHMAL From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (16 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 14401 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.

User currently offlineFdx10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (16 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14400 times:

I encourage you all to read anything by Richard Bach. He is a pilot and very inspirational.

To L-188: I remember Bach mentioning Nevell Chute in one of his books.

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