N612UA
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Aviation Novels

Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:40 am

Hello I would like to know what are some good commercial aviation novels that are out?

I have read some of the John J Nance books what are some other good ones?

Thanks mike
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:52 am

I would start with Nance's Pandora's Clock. One of the best books I've ever read.

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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:37 pm

N243NW I have read that one. That was a good one  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:16 pm

Air Babylon - Bunch of laughs
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:02 am

Airframe by Michael Crichton. My favorite author, and one of his best books, too.

Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint Exupery. Not commercial aviation, per se, but an amazing book.

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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:48 am

Theres one called "Shift Happens" I think thats the name its about a male flight attendant who is married to a female pilot for some airline I cant recall which one but its really funny and its a neat point of view...theres a sequal which I don't remember. Its pretty cool though....there are many more general aviation ones anything from ferry pilot stuff (Air Vagabond) to bush pilot ones which are great!
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:40 am

Hello thanks for the replys Airframe by Michael Crichton that is a great book. I have read it twice already. PILOTALLEN if you know of some general aviation stuff i'll check them out.

Thanks again guys
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:34 am

Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K. Gann is a great book if you are interested.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:48 am

Best novel on GA flying is "Talk Down" by Brian Lecomber (if you can find it)
Best Commercial Aviation - "The Pilot" by Robert P Davis

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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:05 pm

"Flying High" It's about the creation of JetBlue. Pretty good book that outlines how Neeleeman was able to establish an airline that was rather successfull from the start. Although it was published before Jetblue's success leveled off. It would be interesting to read the author's thoughts of the airline as it goes through a time of moderate growth, especially the snowstorm operations meltdown.
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:14 pm



Quoting N612UA (Thread starter):
I have read some of the John J Nance books

You can start by reading the rest of his books.

I've read ALL except 2 of his books. I'm currently reading Medusa's Child and the last one i'll be reading is Fire Flight.

He sure is one heck of an author.
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:22 pm

i would also recommend Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child

also, those 2 books have been made into 'made for tv' movies
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RE: Aviation Novels

Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:49 am

I'm writing one...SKYDOLL - think Will and Grace in the air. Hopefully will have it finished soon. Check out my blog and read chapter 3. www.shouldbewriting.blogspot.com
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:28 pm

Check out "The Plane Truth", its a bunch of short stories written by a F/A; some of which a pretty funny.
Also check out "Mayday", its got a decent storyline to it.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:44 pm

Hello thanks for all this help. All these are going to go on my list so I can start reading them.

Mike
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:56 pm

If you're interested in airline history, get one of Robert Serling's novels. Wings and The Left Seat are airline related. The President's Plane is Missing is more military focused, but still a great book.

Airport, by Arthur Hailey, is another classic - after you read the book, you will know why any time there is a posting on this website about an airplane stuck in the mud, someone else posts "paging Joe Patroni".
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RE: Aviation Novels

Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:12 pm

Quoting Gerry (Reply 8):
Best novel on GA flying is "Talk Down" by Brian Lecomber (if you can find it)

He also wrote another couple of novels, "Turn Killer" and "Dead Weight". I remember one about an air taxi pilot in the Caribbean, the other about an aerobatic display team.

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RE: Aviation Novels

Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:41 am

One book that I really enjoyed was "Night Over Water" by Ken Follett. Very good read, takes you right back to the days of the flying boats and clippers.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:54 am

Although it's not so much a novel, (but it is a paperback) - I'd Highly recommend reading "Airline Confidential" by Richard Havers & Christopher Tiffney. Its a really good light-hearted read, so you don't need to be "in the mood" for reading anything too deep or serious.

A quote from the back synopsis:
"[Havers & Tiffney] have assembled a unique collection of reminiscences, anecdotes, quotations, quirky facts and trivia.
Airline travel, once the glamourous preserve of the rich and famous, is now commonplace. Yet commercial aviation continues to exert a strange fascination. There's something about it that prompts many of us - whether celebrities, aircrew or just plain ordinary passengers - to behave bizarrely.

So you know (although you're all more knowledgeable than myself - you probably already do know) Richard Havers began his career in the airline industry as a messenger for British United Airways when most airliners still had props. He left the business as Vice President of Continental Airlines. Christopher Tiffney spent fourteen years working for the world largest insurance broking organisation (Lloyds) in London, Seattle and New York arranging cover for airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

a small quote from inside is typical of this book: its about announcements made by cabin crew after touchdown (you know, the old "Stay in your seats till at the gate" except this time they got a bit creative...

"Ladies and Gentlemen, as you are all now painfully aware, our captain has landed in Seattle. From all of us here at [the airline] we'd like to thank you for flying with us today and please be very careful when opening the overhead bins as you may be killed by falling luggage that shifted during our so-called "touchdown"."

LOL!  laughing 

Like I said, its well worth a read. Hope the post helped in some way
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RE: Aviation Novels

Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:08 am



Good book based loosely on TWA800.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:56 pm

This is a memoir, if that interests you at all: "Flight of Passage" by Rinker Buck.

Very good book!
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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:16 am



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 19):

Great Book. although the first chapter was a suprise!
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:57 am

I'm really surprised that nobody mentioned "Airport" by Arthur Hailey. Brings you back in 1960s and time of 707s  Smile
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Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:40 am



Quoting 787seattle (Reply 20):
This is a memoir, if that interests you at all: "Flight of Passage" by Rinker Buck.

Excellent book.

Currently reading "North Star over my Shoulder" by Robert Buck
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Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:25 pm



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 22):
I'm really surprised that nobody mentioned "Airport" by Arthur Hailey. Brings you back in 1960s and time of 707s

Check Reply 15:

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 15):
Airport, by Arthur Hailey, is another classic - after you read the book, you will know why any time there is a posting on this website about an airplane stuck in the mud, someone else posts "paging Joe Patroni".

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RE: Aviation Novels

Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:27 pm

"Down to a Sunless Sea"
"Flight One"
"Flameout"
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:59 am

This list is getting really good. I'll have to stock up on these for next winter.
John Nance also has couple non fiction books, Amazon has used ones since I think all are out of print already.
 
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RE: Aviation Novels

Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:08 am

Maverick: the story of Robert Six and Continental Airlines

is a great read about the earlier times of CO. not a novel. but dang good read.
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RE: Aviation Novels

Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:32 am

Hi,

I really enjoyed Richard Bach's "Biplane". It follows the author as he crosses the United States in his 1929 Detroit-Ryan Speedster, model Parks P-2A. It is very well written and reminds us how much enjoyment can be found each time the world drops away from the wheels, particularly if the wind whistles through the wires.

Cheers

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