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User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Just from lurking around a.net, I've found a couple of enjoyable books mentioned in various posts. I've recently read "Night Fall", "Down to a Sunless Sea", and "Mayday", all of which have been a decent read. The problem is that now I'm out of books!

Has anyone read any decent semi-aviation fiction like the above? Although the Internet is great, there's nothing like an actual book to wind down before bedtime.

Any suggestions? Even well put together non-fiction recommendations would be appreciated!

Thanks!


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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1007 times:

Quoting Wukka (Thread starter):
"Down to a Sunless Sea"

Great book, I read that years ago and lent it to someone, never got it back  Angry .
'Terror in the stbd seat' a book on the WWII escapades of a Mosquito Navigator was very good for non fiction.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 990 times:

"Night Over Water" by Ken Follett is a pretty good book. Especially if you're into the Pan Am flying boats era.


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User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 984 times:

Tornado Down

Great book about an RAF flight in Desert Storm.

True story.

Adam


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 978 times:


Vipers in the Storm.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineD5DBY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 965 times:

air disaster vol 3....

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 946 times:

LINK
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 944 times:

Airframe - Michale Crichton

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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 941 times:

Seeing this is Non-Av I'll ignore the "Aviation-ish" request and recommend any of the following on the scuttling and salvaging of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow from 1919 :

"The Grand Scuttle - The Sinking of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919" by Dan Van der Vat.

"The Man who bought a Navy" by Gerald Bowman.

or the more recent

"Cox's Navy - Salvaging the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow 1924-1931" by Tony Booth



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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 937 times:

If you want a good nonfiction on aviation, I recomend "Flight of Passage" by Rinker Buck. It is the true story of two brother who restored a Cub and flew it cross contry from New Jersey to California in the sixties. A great read. I would also reccomend "First Blue", the biography of Butch Voris, the founder of the Blue Angels, and if you have not read it yet, "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam, Jr (This is the book that inspired the movie October Sky).

Kris
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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 934 times:

I´m a sucker for Red Star books (about Soviet aviation), also like the Aerofax ones got a few of these as well....

User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 913 times:

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 10):
I´m a sucker for Red Star books (about Soviet aviation), also like the Aerofax ones got a few of these as well....

Those are great books. I own almost all of the current Aerofax books, and quite a few of the Red Star series, and the detail that they go into is amazing. I especially love the Aerofax book on the B-58.

Kris



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 911 times:

The Pilot's Wife : A Novel; its a easy read, it has an aviation theme.

The Pilot's Wife is an insightful tale of loss and betrayal. As the story opens, Kathryn, a pilot's wife, has been told that her husband's plane has crashed and there are no survivors. We follow Kathryn into the numbing, silent, surreal world known to those who suffer loss. Memories of her happy marriage engulf her and paralyze her, but she begins to cope with the help of a kind man from the pilot's union.

Available from Amazon.



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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2032 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 905 times:
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All of John J. Nances books, I'm working on Fire Flight right now, definately a great book.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance

-Charlie


User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 894 times:

Here are some of my recently read and favored books:

Flyboys by James Bradley-Story of WWII airmen downed over Chi Chi Jima and their demise. Also looks into a young pilot being shot down named George Bush.

Forever Flying by Bob Hoover-Chronicles his life and career as a WWII pilot, test pilot, and finally, air show stuntman.

Cheating Death by George Marrett-Looks into the unsung heroes of Vietnam and a pilot's best friend, the Combat Search and Rescue teams. Chronicles the pilot of an A-1 Skyraider in Vietnam who details combat sorties in the aircraft, rescue sorties, and how the CSAR crews(aircraft and helos) had to work together to pull men out of the fire.

I would also recommend Frequent Flyer: One Plane, One Passenger, and the Gigantic Feat of Commercial Aviation by Bob Reiss in 1994.-Although out of print and hard to find(except maybe Amazon.com), it is of commercial aviation and the writer spends his entire time on a Delta L-1011, going whereever it goes. He spends time in sections of Delta Air Lines, whether headquarters, maintenance, Operations Control Center, etc. and speaking with Delta pilots, fight attendants, ramp agents, and even then CEO Ron Allen. A very good book for someone who wants to see just how an airline runs from day to day.

I would also recommend a very recent book, "A Question of Loyalty: General Billy Mitchell and the Court Martial that Gripped the Nation" by Douglas C. Waller. It details how aviation hero General Billy Mitchell became so arrogant with the War Department and the Coolidge administration in the 1920's and 1930's, telling his (at the time, ridiculous)ideas for the future of airpower and how one day soon, the US would be locked in a war between Germany and Japan. Mitchell was a hero to his deciples, little known officers by the names of Jimmy Doolittle and Henry "Hap" Arnold, but despised by Army and Navy officials for calling for a sole air arm service. He was court-martialed for his arrogance towards the military and the presidential administration, and tells how he died 4 years before the start of WWII, after which his theories about the war and air power were realized and he had a bomber named after him(B-25 Mitchell). Milwaulkee Int'l Airport is also named in his honor and has a museum dedicated to him.


OttoPylit


User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 883 times:

Wind, Sand and Stars by Saint Exupery is a pretty good read. It's his best work and chronicals the lives of air cargo transport pilots in the early history of aviation. The novel is well written and a quick read. There is also good philosphical insight in life itself, as well as aviation. It's one of National Geographic's top adventure books of all time. It's avaible on amazon.com in English (as it was originally in French). For my Internation Baccalourete Extend Essay, I'm researching the shoot down of KAL 007. I've read Rescue 007 by Bert Schlossberg and there are some other good books. Interesting subject within aviation, too.

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