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Aviation Books

Wed Jul 17, 2002 1:29 pm

I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good aviation books. I am going to be flying from DFW-COS, and wanted something to read on the flight. If anyone knows of any, please tell me!!


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RE: Aviation Books

Wed Jul 17, 2002 2:08 pm

Well, considering you're going to be flying on Delta, I think an appropriate book might be Frequent Flyer - One Plane, One Passenger, and the Spectacular Feat of Commercial Flight by Bob Reiss, copyright 1994.

Here's a description of the book:

Delta Air Lines' ship 714 is a wide body jet that over the last 20 years has successfully flown more than two million Americans over half the planet - threading skies filled with other planes, and navigating storms, wind, and the financial chaos that has wrecked many airlines. And ship 714 has done it so easily that the people sitting 33,000 feet in the air - where humans normally can't be - spend more time thinking about whether they want beef or hicken than the miracle of magic and technology that got them there.

On a cold morning in Atlanta, Georgia, Bob Reiss strapped himself into the jumpseat of ship 714, as pilots prepared for takeoff, and began a voyage that millions of air passengers only dream about. For the next three days, he stayed in the cockpit to discover everything that goes into seventy-two hours of operation of one commercial airliner.

Reiss had already sat down with the chairman of Delta in his office, crawled with the mechanics into the engines, and tagged luggage with the baggage handlers. He had met the people who designed ship 714, the test pilots who first flew it, and the antiterrorist personnel who protect it. He watched air traffic controllers guide the plane through the sky and joined dispatchers at 3:00 a.m. sessions. He looked over the shoulders of schedulers, weather forecasters, salesmen, labor leaders, and senior management as they orchestrated an enormous industrial symphony. Reiss went to flight attendant and pilot training and even "flew" the multimillion-dollar simulators - which he kept "crashing" into the side of the computer generated hangar.

Reiss learned all that there was to see and more - the ghost stories, the sex-in-the-plane stories, and the close-call stories. Everything that has ever happened in aviation - from the Wright Brothers to virtual reality, from corporate warfare to pilots' personal lives - is part of the singular, breathing machine, ship 714, and the spectacular, thrilling, and reassuring experience of flight.


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RE: Aviation Books

Wed Jul 17, 2002 11:20 pm

A most interesting book is Loosing My Virginity which is the autobiography of Virgin's Richard Branson. There are two versions: the 2000 version which covers up to 1993 and the 2002 version which goes further. You can't miss it on the shelves. Branson's smiling face stands out on the bookshelves.
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:13 am

If you want some good Aviation action/thriller/drama, check out any book by John J. Nance. I reccomend 'Blackout' and 'The Last Hostage.'
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:24 am

There's this book called "Boeing 777"

It has everything you'd ever want to know about the 777.

On the front cover, it has a 772 flying in Boeing livery with P & W engines, landing gear up.
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:35 am

That's a pretty short flight. How about a couple of aviation mags. Airliner World, or Air International, Airways, Airliners. . .etc.

However, if you want a book, how about Airframe, I think Michael Crieghton wrote it. It basically revolves around the ficticious re-certification of possible design problems with MD-11 after an incident, although the MD-11 is never named of course due to liabilities for the author / publisher.


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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:41 am

North Star over my shoulder by Bob Buck is a great book. Its an autobiography of a pilot who goes from barnstorming to dc-2s all the way up to the 747 untill mandatory retirement. A VERY senior poilot at TWA, he gets to do all sorts of things , inclusing some ineteresting test flights and celebrity charteres.
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:42 am

LoneStarMike- That book sounds really good- I'll have to look for it.

DIA- I'm with you on Airframe: Excellent read!
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 4:34 am

Thanks for the help, I will look for them at my Library!!
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 5:03 am

Flight attendant: "Would you like something to read?"
Old lady on flight: "Do you have something light?"
Flight attendant: " about "Famous Jewish Sports Legends?"
Old lady on flight: "Thank you"

(Lines stolen from "Airplane-The Movie", with apologies to our Jewish friends on the forum)

Seriously, "Wings" by Robert Serling (the story of the birth and growth of a fictitious airline) is excellent; almost anything by John Nance: or Arthur Hailey's "Airport" works for me.

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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 1:55 pm

There is also a book entitled Hijacked by Dave Hirschman. It's the true story of FedEx Flight 705 where a FedEx employee attacks the flight crew of the flight. Check it out sometime. Its a good read.
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 1:59 pm

You might want to get "Free Fall", it's the story of Air Canada's flight 143 which lost both engines when flying to Edmonton from Montreal.
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RE: Aviation Books

Thu Jul 18, 2002 2:10 pm

I really enjoy Crichton's "Airframe".

I read about 180 pages on my MSP-LAS flight. Very interesting stuff to read.

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