These four books are probably the best ones out there. I have all four - they are extremely well written, quite detailed, and are illustrated with appropriate pictures and diagrams to enhance the chapters.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
Fully agree with ClassicLover. I also have the 4 volumes and I think these books should be a MUST for those of us that are truly aviation enthusiasts and also those that want to know some more about some amazing accidents that occurred in the past!
"Aircraft Accident Analysis: Final Reports" by James Walters and Robert Sumwah
Both are more along the line of textbook, and written from mostly analytical points of view (i.e. they lack the drama of the "AirDisaster" series), but are extremely comprehensive of the accidents they cover.
One that's kind of interesting and quick is "The Black Box" edited by Malcolm MacPherson. It's basically just a compliation of 28 CVR transcripts that could be found online, but with this they're all in one place for quick reference. Each chapter contains a short 2-3 paragraph synopsis of the accident, followed by the transcript. One thing that's lacking is the chronology of the transcript. I.e., there's no time detail for each entry.
One book to absolutely stay away from is "Air Disasters" by Leo Marriott, Stanley Stewart, and Michael Sharpe. It is RIDDLED with inaccuracies, and lacks numerous pertinent details.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
In addition to the titles mentioned above (which I agree), here are two more:
"Terror In The Skies" by David Grayson, Citadel Press. An in-depth discussion (nothing on the level of MacArthur Job's books) of sixteen different incidents.
"Aviation Disasters" by David Gero, Patrick Stevens Limited. Although a large number of accidents are not included (he mentions that he is only dealing with the largest ones), the details provided on the others are concise, pithy, and well-written. It makes for a great encyclopedia.
Hopefully, his newer editions with be far between as he runs out of material to update his book.
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