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What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:01 pm

Personally for me it is the "Black Box."
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:07 pm

From Worst to First by Gordon Bethune

or

Nine minutes, Twenty seconds: The tragedy & Triumph of ASA flight 529 by Gary Pomerantz

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:10 pm

A great novel I've read was "Captain" by Earl E. Rogers...it's basically a very well-written memoir of a (fictional) professional pilot's flying history. Lots of truth and VERY interesting reading in that book...I highly recommend it!

It's about 100x better than that John J. Nance drivel.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:17 pm

A book about airports in the U.S. I am reluctant to mention its name because I am unable to find it, and also because I'm unsure if it is only airports in the U.S. covered by this book.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have R

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:18 pm

Non-fiction NUTZ...Story of Herb and Southwest and why they make $$$
Fiction....High and Mighty by Ernest Gann...Book of the 50's and also a 1954 movie with John Wayne and Robert Stack. NEVER Released in VHS by The Wayne family. They have the rights and have not released movie...but I DID NOT say you couldn't get a copy.
Safety/accidents...anything by Robert Serling. He has also written books about airline history. AA comes to mind.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:18 pm

Airliner Crashes. I don't know the author but it listed accidents since the Graf Zeppelin days.
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Quite A Few

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:53 pm

The best book I have is called "Hard Landing," by Thomas Petzinger.

"Splash of Colors" by John J. Nance is also a riveting, story-like narrative of the fall of Braniff.

"Freefall" by Jack E. Robinson looks at the demise of Eastern. Robinson was a part of Martin Shagrue's leadership team. Therefore, he offers a bit of bias towards management, and is much more critical of the unions.

One of the coolest books is called "Frequent Flyer," by Bob Reiss. He spent several days traveling aboard a Delta L1011. Crew changes, a variety of cities, and yet one author who stayed with the plane. The book is out of print (I found mine on Half.com.) But it is one of the most interesting books out there.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:17 pm

"Song of The Sky" by Guy Murchie, first published in 1954. It's long out of print, but used copies are usually available through the usual internet sources. The author, a navigator in WW2 transports and in classic propliners, weaves aviation history, science, folklore, amazing stories and the romance of flight.

The best book on how to fly an airplane was written sixty years ago: "Stick and Rudder" by Wolfgang Langewiesche, still in print and widely available.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:24 pm

Hard Landing by Petzinger. Almost have it memorized I've read it so much Smile Extraordinarily well written and very hard to put down. Highly recommended. From Worst to First is another great one.

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:44 pm

I like John Nance's novels. Favorite by his is Blackout. They are all fiction but very well written. Nance used to be a pilot so he knows what he is talking about when describing planes.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 3:12 pm

One book not yet mentioned that's on my bookcase shelf... Dirty Tricks about BA's secret war with VS. Very interesting! Author: Martyn Gregory

This book has cool insight on LHR as well as competitive issues all due to Berumuda II agreement between AA, UA, VS, and BA.

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:33 pm

Gordon Bethune: From Worst to First

Herb Kelleher: Nuts

Jack Cashill and James Sanders: First Strike, the Downing of TWA Flight 800

And any of the myriad of WWII books. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the 352nd FS is absolutely compelling.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:45 pm

Nine minutes, Twenty seconds: The tragedy & Triumph of ASA flight 529 by Gary Pomerantz
(a brill read from the firstpage to the last)

Black Box (a great read and has a lot of info i did not know about the KLM/PAN AM Crash)
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:45 pm

Skygods..the Rise and Fall of Pan Am by Gant. Also Splash of Colors by Nance, along with Maverick by Serling. And then there will be mine ....someday called "Jumpseat, The memoirs of a TWA Hostess". (Ha)
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:47 pm

And then there will be mine ....someday called "Jumpseat, The memoirs of a TWA Hostess". (Ha)

I'll definitely buy it! I've often said I ought to write a book. In this business, truth is DEFINITELY stranger than fiction!  Smile
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:54 pm

Two for your consideration:-

Andrew Weir's "The Tombstone Imperative" - a really thought provoking read

Earnest Ghan's "Fate is the Hunter"

Happy reading Smile

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 12:22 am

There is of course, "NUTS!!" the Southwest Airlines story. As for fiction, I really liked "Airframe" by Michael Crichton. Quite a decent read. Fake airliner company names of course, but quite technically proficient.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 12:32 am

In no order other than how they occurred to me just now:

Stranger to the Ground by Richard Bach. Essays on flying F-84s in the Air Force in the 1950s on a framework of a single night flight from England over Germany to France in an F-84. Bach at his best.

The Lonely Sky by Bill Bridgeman. Bill was a Douglas test pilot who flew the D-558 phase I and phase II. The book ends with his first meeting with the X-3 Stiletto. Very well written.

Island in the Sky by Ernest K. Gann. Forced landing of a transport on a frozen lake in Labrador or northern Quebec during WW II and the search and survival stories. Gann at his best.

Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins. The best-written book by any of the astronauts. Collins was the command module pilot on Apollo 11 and later curator of the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian.

The Left Seat by Robert Serling. The story is dated now but still well-told. A good look at the post-war years and the growth of airlines and their technologies. Serling is a skilled writer.

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Ste. Exupery. Probably the most lyrical writer who ever wrote about airplanes. This may be the only "literature" about airplanes. This one deals with flying the Sahara and the southern Andes in open cockpit biplanes. Some of the best aviation writing ever, and some stirring stories. Includes the ultimate eulogy for a pilot.

Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles. Really good account of the experience of being a young B-17 copilot in the 8th Air Force. Stiles finished his tour in bombers and returned to fly fighters. He was killed on the second tour.

Flights of Passage by Samuel Hynes. The sort of autobiographical account I wish more people could write. So many great stories out there and so few good writers. This is a very good account of being a Naval Aviator toward the end of WW II. One of my keepers.

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. Vastly better than the movie. Same basic storyline - contrasting test pilots with astronauts ("Spam in a can") while telling the story of the dawn of the space age in the US.

Also, Milt Thompson, one of the X-15 pilots wrote a very good book about that project and about his experience with the lifting body. Very rare book apparently, I've lost my copy and cannot remember the title. Anyone remember it? I have searched Amazon and Powell's for it with no luck.

Most of these are out of print and some may be very hard to find. All of them worth the effort.






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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 12:41 am

I've read a bunch of them, but the best was The Hardest Day by Alfred Price. It discusses the Battle of Britain and the book involves many personal stories from German and British fighter pilots. What I find most interesting was that the RAF sent 18 year olds out in battle with as little as 15 hrs of flying experience. Read it!

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 12:44 am

Personally I loved the book by Anthony Sampson. He covers untill about 1986 when the book came out. The book is titled " Empires of the Sky "

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have R

Fri Feb 27, 2004 3:25 am

John J. Nance writes some great books. I was given Blackout by an friend of mine and that got me started into Nance's books. I have read about 5 of his books so far. Looking forward to many more. Just bought his book Fireflight a few days ago and I am looking forward to getting started on it.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 3:32 am

I just read Unfriendly Skies by "Captain X" it was really interesting, even though its about 10-15yrs old, it went through everything, from choosing the best seat in a crash, how to find the best fare, and all about his life in aviation blah blah blah....

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 4:31 am

Genesis of the Jet (Frank Whittle and the development of the Jet Engine) by John Golley.

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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 4:41 am

The Long Way Home, by Ed Dover. The story of the crew of Pan Am's Pacific Clipper enroute to New Zealand from SFO at the start of WW2. An amazing tale of getting one of those beautiful B314 flying boats back home by flying completely around the world.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 5:37 am

Don't forget "Spirit of St. Louis" by Charles A. Lindbergh.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 10:59 am

The Left Seat by Robert Serling

Grounded (Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines) by Aaron Bernstein

The American Eagle (The Ascent of Bob Crandall and American Airlines) by
Dan Reed

All of the fiction books by John Nance are very good.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 11:52 am

Ernest K. Gann's autobiography "Fate is the Hunter". The movie with the same title only dealt with a very small portion of the book.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Fri Feb 27, 2004 12:23 pm

"Fate is the Hunter" is for sure, a good book. The movie would have to get a whole lot better just to be disappointing. If I am not mistaken it is an "Alan Smithie" movie.

Add the book to the list though.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 12:39 am

The best aviation book I ever read is:Chronicle of aviation.Published by Jacques Legrand and edited by Bill Gunston.It isn't a novel or anything like that,rather like a bible of aviation.A must for anyone who feels like spending hours digging into airline history.
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:15 am

Flight of Passage - by Rinker Buck


It is about two brothers, both under 18, that fly across America using a Piper Cub. It is written like in a diary form and I recommend all of you to read it.
 
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RE: What Is The Best Aviation Book That You Have Read?

Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:33 am

I have a copy of 'All Four Engines Have Failed' by Betty Tootell which is an excellent first hand narrative by a pax on board BA 009 in June 1982 when the 747 flying between KUL - PER flew through a volcanic cloud and all 4 engines were choked out and the aircraft was forced into a glide. Amazing story detailing passenger, cabin crew and flight crews versions of what happened that night.

'On a Wing and a Prayer' - Malcolm MacPherson is another great book detailing survivors accounts of air disasters.

'Conquering Isolation' - Neil Rennie. Brilliant book describing the first 50 years of Air New Zealand