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Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:49 am

I would like to start a topic to see if anybody can post some great novels around civil aviation. The type of novels that you pick up on a rainy Sunday and cannot put down.

I can start with two by the writer Nevil Shute:

No Highway... A novel that describes a fictious British aircraft suffering from metal fatigue, which was written before the comet crashes. Great story.

Slide Rule... Describes the career of Nevil Shute himself in aviation and includes an interesting description of the R101 airship disaster and the start of the Airspeed aircraft company, founded by Nevil Shute.

PS: If this post should be moved to the hobby forum, feel free to move it, no offense.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:56 am

Airport by Arthur Hailey . Truly a masterpiece.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:02 am

"Night over Water" by Ken Follet

Set in 1939, the true star in my opinion was the flight on the Pan American Boeing 314 Clipper. I am astounded at the tremendous amount of research must have gone through, as it is as best I can tell, a very accurate representation of a flight on a Boeing Clipper.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:18 am

I would think the granddaddy of all aviation novels would be "The High And The Mighty". A good book, and a good movie, too.

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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:35 am

Thanks Jack. Have to read that one. Two more that just came to mind are "Flight into Danger" by Arthur Haily and "Airframe" by Michael Crichton.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 4:07 am

Michael Crichton comes up with good ideas but he's a crap writer.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:27 pm

'The Pilots wife' by Anita Shreeve, not really a full on aviation novel, but it has some relation.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:03 am

The only series writter of civil aviation i know of is John J Nance.

He's written a single military aviation fiction (Scorpion Strike), but also somewhere around 10 civilian books, most pertaining to airliners. Though in many cases he isnt right on technical facts, they are still good reads.

The titles i can remember:

Final Approach
Phoenix Rising
Pandora's Clock
Madusa's Child
The Last Hostage

i think i might be missing one...
He's working on another one currently, supposedly to be out in early 2005.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:09 am

I read Hard Landing when I was in Cape Cod, MA a few years ago. The book's based in the BOS airport, but the story plot is rather lame and highly dubious.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:46 pm

Brian Lecomber - "Talk Down". A pilot has a heart attack in a Piper Arrow (I think) over England and the club's flight instructor goes up to "talk" the girlfriend in the aircarft, down. Very expertly detailed. A great read. See also "Dead Weight" by the same author.
Also great is "The Pilot" by some one Davis. Line pilot flying DC8s has a drinking problem.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:57 pm

I'd have to nominate 'Freefall' by William Hoffer and Marilyn Mona Hoffer. True story about an Air Canada 767 that runs out of fuel at 41.000 feet due to some tragic miscalculations. Anyway... it's getting old but I still take it out and read it from time to time as I can really feel the tension in that cockpit as they handle the situation.

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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed Jul 07, 2004 8:11 pm

Band of Brothers, and Blaze of Noon, by the bard, Ernest Gann,God bless and rest him!
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RE: Aviation Novels

Sat Jul 10, 2004 7:00 am

Thomas H Block, has written some pretty good suspense thrillers about terror in the skies. So far I have read Forced Landing and Orbit both are pretty well written and entertaining its worth checking out. You should be able to pick up some used copies on Amazon.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Tue Jul 13, 2004 3:03 pm

I once read an exerpt from a book about the true story of a Pan Am Clipper that was caught in Australia on December 7th, 1941, and of course could not fly back to Hawaii. They were forced to fly the long way back to New York, with no support other than what they could bargin for along the way. The crew paid for fuel out of their own pockets etc.

Does anyone know the name of this book? I'd love to read the whole story.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed Jul 14, 2004 11:03 pm

fire flight by john nance. really good, reading it now for like the 5th time. also, there have already been a few threads on this topic.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:54 am

Light this Candle. Great biography on Alan Shepard.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Jul 19, 2004 3:47 am

The best book is "Flight of Passage" by Ricker Buck, its about 2 young men who fly a J3-Cub across the US. Its a true story, its really good!

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