airport1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 62 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2738 times:
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"Any Good Books On Pan Am & TWA? "
“An American saga: Juan Trippe and his Pan Am empire”
A history of Pan Am from the beginning to 1980.
I had been looking for a copy of this 30 year old book for years. A few months ago it showed up on Amazon in a Kindle edition. If you are an aviation buff... If you are on the fence to buy a Kindle... Pull the trigger.
If you already own a Kindle or have an Android or Iphone.. it costs $6 and there is no excuse for you not to read it.
The Kindle edition the author makes a post script giving a history of Pan Am from 1980-to the end.
It is a very engaging and sometimes dense history of Pan Am... It took me awhile to get through it.. its long.
Juan Trippe and Pan Am gave us....
.Flying boats to the 747.
.Aviation and nautical references.
.An A&P's absolute attention to detail comes from a Dutchman.
.Pioneered radio navigation with 800 pound radios.
.Lindbergh would climb out of open cockpits to clean the windshield.
.Juan Trippe's globe (which was loaned from the Smithsonian for the movie 'Aviator' )
.He was not a saint in getting government air mail contracts. FDR hated him for his influence over Congress
.Hawaii. Guam. Wake.
.US funded Pan Am to find air routes and build airports for strategic reasons first to South America and then in the years(!) before WW2 to find routes and build across the mid-Atlantic to Africa.
.The story about the Pacific Clipper making an epic route the wrong way around the world in a flying boat over the land mass of Australia and deserts of Saudi Arabia to get to home after Pearl Harbor... and the radio call and reaction from the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia on approach.
simairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2567 times:
I read this book several years ago when I was in a major Pan Am phase. Most books tell the same details, but this one goes into much more detail about the early days and the struggles and technical innovations.
My main complaint about Pan Am books is that 90% are focused on the glory years, with the arrival of the 747 being the last event. For the best possible reading, I recommend pairing this book with SkyGods, which is the only book that effectively tells the downfall.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23875 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
Quoting simairlinenet (Reply 1): My main complaint about Pan Am books is that 90% are focused on the glory years, with the arrival of the 747 being the last event. For the best possible reading, I recommend pairing this book with SkyGods, which is the only book that effectively tells the downfall.
Another good book on Pan Am's history is "The Chosen Instrument, Juan Trippe - Pan Am, The Rise and Fall of an American Entrepreneur", dated 1982 (606 pages). I re-read it a couple of months ago.
airport1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
"SkyGods".. I have been looking for that one also...looking tonight.. it also just was released in a Kindle edition for $8. Sweet. Jeez... Im sounding like a Kindle shill...sorry.... but its great we can get these old books that we could never before get hands on and now we can get read them for not all that much $$.
Please recommend any other good aviation history books.....
WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
Quoting airport1970 (Reply 4): Please recommend any other good aviation history books.....
In no particular order:
"Rapid Descent" by Barbara Sturken Peterson and James Glab - arguably the best book about the US airline industry in the first ten years of deregulation.
"Blue Streak", also by Barbara Peterson - the history of jetBlue from when the airline was first proposed to its fifth birthday.
"A Dream Takes Flight", by Betsy Braden and Paul Hagan: The complete history of ATL from when it was a cow pasture in the 1920s until the first phase of the current terminal's opening in 1980. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is the design studies for the new terminal. At one point, a road was planned to go where the underground subway is; each half of the A - D concourses would have been separated by a parking deck. This concept would have been great for ATL originating passengers, but a nightmare for passengers making connections post - 9/11.
"High Risk", by Adam Thomson. Mr. Thomson was the founder of British Caledonian, and the airline's president until it was merged into BA. This book describes the airline's success and downfall.
"The Sporty Game" and "Boeing versus Airbus" by John Newhouse. The Sporty Game is the history of airliner manufacturing from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. Boeing versus Airbus starts where The Sporty Game left off, and continues until about 2006. Although Boeing versus Airbus is already out of date, because it has no mention of the lengthy delays to the 787 and A380, it is still an excellent book, as is The Sporty Game.
Anything by Robert Serling, George Cearley, or R. E. G. Davies.