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User currently offlineEtrast From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 6 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

I am looking for recommendation on good books about the aviation industry, airports and airplanes. I recently read "Hard Landing" and found it to be fascinating. I am looking for books of the same type, something not too technical in nature but a good entertaining read. I am specifically interested in the history of specific airplanes (like 777, 380 etc) and also about the history of Boeing and airbus.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Hard Landing is an extremely hard act to follow... It's one of few books that I've read more than once -- I'm hoping for an updated version now that the original is 10 years old. (I had heard somewhere that this was in the works, but no news since).

After reading Hard Landing the first time everything suddenly made sense about why the airline industry is where it is today - and how it got there.

I can't help you with regard to specific models, but if you liked Hard Landing, you may want to check out From Worst to First (about Continental's turnaround), flyingHigh (about Jet Blue, and specifically David Neeleman (sp?)) Nuts! (about WN, also now about 10 years old, if I'm not mistaken)-- in that order. Though, all of these are more "Management" books than "Airline" books, all focus on their specific airlines, and all (especially Nuts!) do the rose-colored-glasses/everything-is-almost-perfect thing.


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4664 times:

Find a copy of "The Sporty Game" by John Newhouse. The book chronicles the development and sales of the 747, DC-10 and the L-1011. Lots of insider information on how airliners are sold to the airlines.

User currently offlinePHLJJS From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4661 times:

I recommend "Ask the Pilot" by Patrick Smith, who goes by Aviateur here on a.net. Get it at www.askthepilot.com.

User currently offlineCRJonBeez From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

"Flying the Line" by George Hopkins

the second volume was decent, but i thought the first was much better

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