Directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1826 posts, RR: 10 Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6062 times:
Hey guys, I've always wanted to find out as much as I can about these two great airlines. There do seem to be some titles available on Amazon.com and on eBay, but I can't tell which are the real deal, and which are ridiculously overpriced books with nothing but photos and a few captions saying obvious stuff like 'Pan Am had a hub at JFK...TWA operated 747s...
I'm looking for a meaty, insider book that shows how, why and when everything happened. A book that takes readers into these airlines. I did pick up a book called 'The Pan Am Journey' by Thomas Kewin which although interesting, was basically nothing but a collection of anecdotes and recollections, and none too detailed.
Thanks in advance.
MrSkyGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6050 times:
And if you ever want to see how each of these greats worked together (ironically even in the era of terrific regulated competition, many airlines worked together on multiple levels) I'd highly recommend 'Hard Landing'.
That book has inspired more people to join the airline ranks than any others I know.. which may or may not be a good thing.
"The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee." -- Gunter's 2nd Law of Air
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27517 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5980 times:
Although published in 1982, a decade before Pan Am's demise, "Chosen Instrument" is another good book covering Pan Am up to that date. It's basically a detailed biography (almost 600 pages) of Juan Trippe, Pan Am's founder and long-time CEO who died at age 81 in 1981. You can probably find a used copy on Amazon etc. for a few dollars.
I emphatically second this. Possibly one of my all time favorites (aviation or not).
If you don't already own it, go buy this book now.
As for PA, I really enjoyed "Fasten your seat belts" by PA F/A Valerie Lester & "Turbulence on the ground," by Ed Parrey. Neither of these are particularly academic, but are enjoyable reads from people that were there.
"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
Another outstanding read that I also own. Unfortunately, the fall of TWA is so recent that there really aren't any up-to-date books on it. Airways Magazine did a nice tribute magazine on each airline not too long ago, but they were so popular they're out of print. The most informative book I've read on TWA was written in 1983 by Robert Serling, called "Howard Hughes' Airline: An Informal History of TWA." It's currently out of print, but is still available at local libraries. I have read each of Serling's airline histories: they are outstanding. It's just a shame no one has followed up on the details of each airline he wrote about.
L1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1004 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5902 times:
I highly recommend the book:
"GLAMOUR AND TURBULENCE - I remember Pan Am, 1966-91"
by Aimée Bratt
Vantage Press, Inc.
From the back cover:
"Glamour and Turbulence: I remember Pan Am, 1966-91, by Aimée Bratt, tells the tale of the inevitable demise of Pan Am from the viewpoint of one who served on the front lines. For close to thirty years, Ms. Bratt was a flight attendant for the once-revered airline.
She saw it all and relates to her readers stories fro the glory days, when being a Pan Am employee was a prestigious position, being associated with a class act; to the frightening days when terrorism and anti-Americanism ruled the skies; and, finally, to that sad time when waste and increased competition brought this once-proud airline low.
AIMÉE BRATT was born in Sweden but grew up all over the world, as her father was a diplomat. She continued her globe-trotting ways as a flight attendant with Pan Am for close to three decades. Ms. Bratt is currently flying for Delta as an in-flight coordinator, however, she looks back on her Pan Am days with fondness, and has written her first book, Glamour and Turbulence, to tell her story of those years."
Try to get a copy... it's absolutely worth it and a must read for all Pan Am enthusiasts.
Directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1826 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5735 times:
Quoting MrSkyGuy (Reply 2): And if you ever want to see how each of these greats worked together (ironically even in the era of terrific regulated competition, many airlines worked together on multiple levels) I'd highly recommend 'Hard Landing'.
The book by Thomas Petzinger, right? There are several books with that name. Looks like a good book-594 pages. I know I'll be happy with that for quite some time.
Thanks guys for offering so many great titles! I'm going to devote my day to look through eBay and Amazon.com for the best deals. Problem is, the books aren't always in print so I can't bulk order them from Amazon.com like I normally do.