snn2003
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Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 8:44 am

I need some advice, I have read all of john J. Nance's book and love them all. Any other authors write about civil aviation.
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futureuapilot
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 10:06 am

You may try my all time favorite book: AIRFRAME by Michael Crichton. It's a wonderful book!

-Sam
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greenguy01
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 12:16 pm

I suggest Fate is the Hunter by Ernest Gann.

This is by far my favorite book.
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Mir
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 2:28 pm

I had to read TRACON for a class.

Exciting book if you like ATC, but not very high-quality.

-Mir
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TKMCE
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 3:06 pm

The grandmaster - Arthur Hailey's AIRPORT.
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Gerry
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 5:22 pm

"Talk Down" by Brian Lecomber. A must for all GA pilots written by a GA Instructor. Pilot collapses over control of an Arrow over England leaving girlfriend pasenger in panic mode and a nearby instructor to talk her down. Gripping stuff. Probably in the second hand bookstores now but still my favourite. If only I could remember who I lent it to.
 
USAFHummer
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 5:25 pm

To a lesser extent, Nelson DeMille's "By The Rivers of Babylon" features a Concorde getting "hijacked (read the story and it will explain the quotes, dont really wanna give anything away here)", although that comprises maybe the first 1/3 of the story, it's still a good read...

He also wrote another novel, with that guy who used to write for Flying Magazine and was a US 767 captain, Thomas XXXX (can't remember his last name)...that one was about a fictional make of airliner that got hit by a missile and all the passengers had hypoxia and were like zombies...can't remember the title but I wasn't terribly impressed with it...between the two I definitely recommend "By the Rivers of Babylon"...

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Gerry
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon May 02, 2005 7:08 pm

Thomas Block was the writer.
 
fanofjets
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RE: Aviation Novels

Tue May 17, 2005 2:49 am

Beryl Markham's West with the Night is a literary masterpiece.
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777guy
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed May 18, 2005 9:45 am

USAFHummer :
The title of the Thomas Block book is "MAYDAY". While it is far from my favorite book I still enjoyed reading it.
My favorite aviation books are "NUTS", Southwest Airlines Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal success by Kevin Frieberg and Jackie Frieberg. Great insite to Herb Kelleher and the airline itself. Also "From Worse To First" By Gordon Bethume. Nice story about the rebirth of Continental.
 
ACDC8
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed May 18, 2005 9:53 am

"Night Over Water" by Ken Follett is pretty good too. Takes you back to the days of Pan Am's B314 Clippers, when flying was respected and not taken for granted like today.
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ohthedrama747
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed May 18, 2005 11:38 pm

Quoting FutureUApilot (Reply 1):
You may try my all time favorite book: AIRFRAME by Michael Crichton. It's a wonderful book!

-Sam

I second that! Absolutely outstanding book.

G
 
komododx
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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu May 19, 2005 1:11 pm

Quoting FutureUApilot (Reply 1):
You may try my all time favorite book: AIRFRAME by Michael Crichton. It's a wonderful book!

-Sam

That was the first title that came to mind when I saw the thread... an excellent read, more so if you have some aviation knowledge.

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Aviadvigatel
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri May 20, 2005 2:57 am

One of my favourite books is 'No Highway' by Nevil Shute. This was made into a film with James Stewart in the 1950's. The main character (a Farnborough boffin) has a theory that a new aircraft has a metal fatigue problem with its tail, causing the tail to fail and break off in flight. It's a bit old fashioned, but still a good read.
 
ZKSUJ
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri May 20, 2005 8:18 pm

The Pilot's wife by Anita Shreeve. They made a movie about it as well.
 
Delboy
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri May 20, 2005 9:29 pm

Anything at all by Dale Brown, his books are amazing!!
 
dc863
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed May 25, 2005 2:59 am

"Flameout" is an interesting book printed in 1978. I'll have to look up the author.

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