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What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:02 am

The gift giving season is coming, I thought a thread on your favorite aviation book might generate some gift ideas for you or your spotter friends.

Here are my favorite aviation books:
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FICTION:
Airframe by Michael Crichton, 1996, Alfred A. Knopf (pub).

This book is a great yarn for readers of these boards.

NON-FICTION:
Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewieshe, 1944, McGraw-Hill (pub).

Once you have finished your ground school, read this book. This book is a great read for pilots or anybody that wants to understand better how to fly an airplane.

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A Field Guide to Airplanes by M.R. Montgomery and Gerald Foster, 1984, 1992, Houghton Mifflin (pub).

This book needs to be updated, but, is still a great book for spotters. It works like a "bird field guide" in that it is designed to teach the reader how to identify one a/c type from another similar type. It is also small so it can be taken to the field!

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OK, bring it on, what are your favorite aviation books?
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:05 am

Catch Me If You Can...got a good deal of the aviation world in it  Smile

Lost Moon...the story of Apollo 13, written by Jim Lovell himself..that's probably one of the best aviation/space books you can read.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:06 am

Well, I have a stack of hard-bound research manuals from McGraw Hill/Aviation Week on my shelf as research for our game. Those are my favorites at the moment.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:13 am

My all-time favourite:

The Fly Girls
(also published as Girl on a Wing)
by Bernard Glemser

It's hilariously funny - and takes you back to the swinging 60s, when flying was still something special. It's of course fictitious, yet well researched.

(well, admitting that I've read this book at least a dozen times, will cost me all "creditability" and won't make me a resp. user on the net ... but believe you me, if you love flying, you will adore this book).

Enjoyable flying to all of us  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:31 am

The Aviation Disaster series 1-4
The Black Box
On a wing and a prayer
Age of flight, A history of americas pioneering airline (united)
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:45 am

Airline Identity, Design and Culture by Keith Lovegrove. Lots of great photos of cabin interiors and flight attendant uniforms.

http://www.forbesbookclub.com/bookpage.asp?prod_cd=IE77L
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:49 am

UPSfueler, we have the same collection on the shelves  Big grin

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:51 am

I am ever so surprised! When I first saw the new thread, I was so sure, that within minutes there would be dozens of posts.
Well, I was mistaken. Very obviously so.

Could it be that ... reading is no longer in fashion?  Confused

And here's another of my all-time favorites:
The Ghost of Flight 401 by John G. Fuller

(btw, on a wing and a prayer also graces my bookshelf - recommended reading for everyone!)

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:18 am

A book called Silverbird or Silverbirds is a book about AA, the history, corporation, the people and aircraft types. There is also about the Boeing 720 that is pretty good, it has all the original owners and the last known registrations and owners. I wish I could remember the publishers. There are so many good aviation related out there to buy.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:22 am

The Black Box is pretty good too!

One of my favorites was I believe "The Story of Aviation", written by my grandfather's old flying buddy, Capt. Kimball J. Scribner, ex. Pan Am chief pilot and B747 Capt. He was a first in many areas, this autobiography is amazing.

Charles Lindbergh..."We"..pretty nice as well.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:00 am

My favorite aviation book:


I've been hearing good things about this book as well:
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:09 am

Nuts! is good. I have a review of that on Amazon.com.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:25 am

Who publishes "Nuts?" If the name is a sign of nature of the book, it would be right down my alley!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:39 am

Look it up on Amazon!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:53 am

Air Disaster 1,2,3
Catch Me if you can
Lost Moon(story of Apollo 13)
Moonshot(story of the US space program)
Chronicle of Aviation
The Encyclopedia of world aircraft
Splash One(the story of jet combat)
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:00 am

Final Approach By John J. Nance

Excellent book!!!
Check it out!!!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:01 am

I found "Nuts" at Half.com for about $3.00. Sounds like a great price.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:03 am

Wings to the Orient: Pan Am Clipper Planes 1935 - 1945, A Pictorial History, Stan Cohen, Pictoral Histories Publishing Co., 1985, ISBN 0933126611.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:50 am

I, too, have reviewed many aviation books on Amazon.com.

Some of my favorites:

For a literary tour-de-force, I recommend West with the Night by Beryl Markham. If you want to brush up on your French, go with Antoine de Saint Expury's books.

My favorite book on a single aircraft type: Boeing 377 Stratocruiser by Nicholas A. Veronico. Mr. Veronico really outdid himself with this one! I have never encountered a book with such a rich assortment of flight-deck and cabin pictures - enough to show the variations for the original airlines. Besides, the text is a joy to read. Check out my review on Amazon.com for a more detailed description.

For the birth of aviation and the excitement of getting a heavier-than-air machine airborne, I recommend How We Invented the Airplane by Orville Wright. Parts are dry and technical, but the reader shares in the joy and determination of the Wright's dream - and an age-old dream of all mankind.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:02 pm

favorite book? as a concorde fan:

wolfgang tillmans photo book Concorde...

pretty sweet.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:03 pm


I heard "Trail of the Octopus", about the investigation of the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing is a great book. Although I believe it is banned in the US, you can still get it from certain websites.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:17 pm

Anything by John Nance... Also Cabin Pressure is a great one, although is kind of hard to find now...
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:37 pm

OMG People I can't believe that ya'll didn't mention the book TRACON yea it may be about ATC but it still is a good book and can give people a good sense of what the other half of the aviation community experience. I forget who the author is my ex still has my copy of the book....darn it!!!! ya'll should check it out its one that will keep you glued to the pages, its the only book that I actually enjoyed being forced to read..... had to read it for my intro to ATC class. Happy reading all

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:49 pm

I've only read a few, but one I really enjoyed was 'Flying the Big Jets' by Stanley Stewart. The one I have was publised in 1992 by Airlife Publishing. Gives intricate detail on the 744, physics of flying, flight planning, navigation, etc, etc. Almost everyting you've wanted to know. In this book it follows a BA 744 from LHR-JFK. I think he has since written another edition detailing the 777.

Has anyone read anything written by John Nance? He's written several fiction books on aviation. I've never read anything he's written, but just picked up a book called 'Skyhook.' I've yet to start it, but has anyone read this.....what's your impression?

A book called Silverbird or Silverbirds is a book about AA

I have 'Silverbird' as well. I haven't read it cover to cover, but it's a great book. Very well put together and great photographs!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:53 pm

Anything by John Nance

AA777MIA,

Guess I was still posting when you posted. Have you read 'Skyhook'? Of his other books, which one would you pick as a must read? Thanks!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 1:13 pm

Fiction

Airframe as mentioned before.

Trophy for Eagles, Eagles at War and Air Force Eagles by Walter J. Boyne.

Flight of the Intruder By Stephen Coonts

Non-fiction

Hard Landing by Thomas Petzinger

I Could Never Be So Lucky Again by Jimmy Doolittle.

Baa Baa Black Sheep by Pappy Boyington

Most of Nance's stuff is pretty good.

I have Flyboys on my shelf but haven't started it.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:06 pm

I'm surprised no one has mentioned any of the good A vs. B books out there. I guess thats more of the business end of things but I find it fascinating.

Close To The Sun: How Airbus challenged America's domination of the skies by Stephen Aris

Birds of Prey: Boeing vs. Airbus by Matthew Lynn

and

Dogfight: The transatlantic battle over Airbus by Ian McIntyre

I read the first two and am working on the third one. I'm doing a research paper on A vs. B as EU vs US for the international business program I'm in and they have been very helpful books. Anyone know of any other books that might be good? Or better yet, does anyone know of any good books regarding EU/US economic competition outside of the aerospace industry?
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:18 pm

Handbook of Airline Finance
Handbook of Airline Strategy
Handbook of Airline Marketing
Handbook of Airline Operations
Handbook of Airline Economics
2003 Aviation and Aerospace Almanac
Introduction to Airline Economics

All told, about $800 worth of reading material.  Nuts
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Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:31 pm

Do most of you have large aviation book collections? Between Amazon.com, the World Transport Press Store in Miami, and some other places I have gotten quite a collection!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:36 pm

Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation....

It's in storage, so I hope the title is correct.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:47 pm

"Air Disaster Volume 2"

Chapter 7 particularly: "I Don't Believe It! All Four Have Failed!"






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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:05 pm

I just finished reading "Tracon." Thought it was great. Kept me very interested-finished in about two days-but i get like that when i find a book and really get into it.
http://www.paulmcelroy.com/Pages/index3.htm
Also just finished reading "The Black Box." Another great book, lets you understand what was going on in the cockpit during some of the more well know airliner accidents. Many of the stories really show the professionalism and fight to the end that the crews have.
Would def recommend both books.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:36 am

I have to say that my all time favorite aviation book is:
Hard Landing by Thomas Petzinger
I haven't read better book yet.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:43 am

The "From The Flightdeck" series by IAN Allan publishing are my favourite. Each book takes you on a flight alongside the crew from pre flight planning to catching the hotel shuttle at the destination. The last one I bought was "From Heathrow to Atlanta" on a BA 777.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:43 am

"I just finished reading "Tracon."

Wasn't that the book that was the basis for the movie "Pushing Tin?"
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:00 am

"The right stuff" - not sure who wrote it. But it sure is better than the movie...
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:25 am

Re: John Nance, I'm reading "splash of Colors" about the collapse of Braniff International right now, as a matter of fact.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:37 am

Airframe by Michael Crichton, 1996, Alfred A. Knopf (pub).


Absolutely. Excellent read, both for aviation enthusiasts, businessmen and women, and anyone who wants anything to do with public relations.

My fav:

Chronicle of Aviation, 1992. Chronicle, London, UK.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:30 am

Fate is the Hunter, The High and the Mighty, Blaze of Noon, Band of Brothers, all by Ernest K. Gann Airmans Odyssey by St.Ex, Pastoral,by Neville Shute , all classics, from the biplane,DC3,round motored era of aviation with the exception of ,Band of Brothers which is about 727s,707s,and a Ju-52, and Pastoral which is a great RAF read,about a Wellington pilot and his love,during WW2.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:32 am

JP Airline-Fleets International by Ulrich Klee! The original and most complete book info on Airlines and their fleets.  Smile

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RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:22 pm

Actiualy Pushing Tin was based on the book "Somethings got to give"

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