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Books On Airplanes And Aviation Industry

Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:13 am

I am looking for recommendation on good books about the aviation industry, airports and airplanes. I recently read "Hard Landing" and found it to be fascinating. I am looking for books of the same type, something not too technical in nature but a good entertaining read. I am specifically interested in the history of specific airplanes (like 777, 380 etc) and also about the history of Boeing and airbus.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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RE: Books On Airplanes And Aviation Industry

Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:47 am

Hard Landing is an extremely hard act to follow... It's one of few books that I've read more than once -- I'm hoping for an updated version now that the original is 10 years old. (I had heard somewhere that this was in the works, but no news since).

After reading Hard Landing the first time everything suddenly made sense about why the airline industry is where it is today - and how it got there.

I can't help you with regard to specific models, but if you liked Hard Landing, you may want to check out From Worst to First (about Continental's turnaround), flyingHigh (about Jet Blue, and specifically David Neeleman (sp?)) Nuts! (about WN, also now about 10 years old, if I'm not mistaken)-- in that order. Though, all of these are more "Management" books than "Airline" books, all focus on their specific airlines, and all (especially Nuts!) do the rose-colored-glasses/everything-is-almost-perfect thing.

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RE: Books On Airplanes And Aviation Industry

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:00 pm

Find a copy of "The Sporty Game" by John Newhouse. The book chronicles the development and sales of the 747, DC-10 and the L-1011. Lots of insider information on how airliners are sold to the airlines.
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RE: Books On Airplanes And Aviation Industry

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:07 pm

I recommend "Ask the Pilot" by Patrick Smith, who goes by Aviateur here on Get it at
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RE: Books On Airplanes And Aviation Industry

Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:10 pm

"Flying the Line" by George Hopkins

the second volume was decent, but i thought the first was much better

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