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Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:26 pm

I have been on the hunt for a good, well-researched non-fiction book about the history of the commercial aviation industry for some time now. But I thought it might be fun to ask everyone to weigh in with the name of their favorite aviation related books. Novels, non-fiction, nothing is off limits -- as long as it was printed with two covers and pages in between.

Who knows? When we're done, might have its first official "reading list".
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:51 pm

Hands down. "Nuts...Southwest Airlines Crazy Recipe for Success". I used it to get hired at Southwest some 10 years ago. I'm not at Southwest anymore, but now I require my new hire guest relations specialists to read it during orientation week at the resort I manage in Orlando.

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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:22 pm

I did enjoy "From worst to first" Gordon Bethune on Continental Airlines.

On the accident side of things without doubt the best researched books are the ones written by Macarthur Job, "Air Disaster", I think he has 4 separate volumes out. The detail of how and why the accident happened is brilliant.A must read.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:13 pm


I really liked "North Star Over My Shoulder" by Captain Bob Buck (TWA Captain):

Hope it might prove interesting etc.,

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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:13 pm

The very recent "Touching History," by Lynn Spencer is real page-turner. It's about the behind the scenes of civil and military aviation on September 11.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:07 pm

Blue Streak: Inside jetBlue, the Upstart that Rocked an Industry
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:25 pm

RuinAir, an entertaining and funny look at low cost air travel in europe, it also highlights the
bad experiences of Ryanair passengers/victims, it also gives the reader a lighthearted yet
eye opening account of how Ryanair operates, a great entertaining book i could'nt put down!

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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:12 am

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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:35 pm

For the history of commercial aviation, when the airlines carried the mail and (occasionally) a few passengers for the ride, the books of Antoine de Saint-Exupery are among the all time greats:

Night Flight (Vol de Nuit)
Southern Mail
Wind, Sand, and Stars
Flight to Arras (Pilote du Guerre) - Not commercial, but still great

His descriptions of the majesty of flight and brilliant insights into the meaning of life are unforgettable. They belong on every aviation buff's reading list.

Here the my reading list of books by and on Saint-Ex (one of my heroes) I composed:
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:52 am

"Freefall"-I don't remember the author's name. It is a factual narrative of the incident of the Gimli Glider from the perspective of the crew and passengers of that flight.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:10 pm

My favourite would have to be The Flying Book, by David Blatner. Even as a seasoned wingnut I learned a fair ammount from it, and its veery funny too.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:05 pm

TRACON by Paul McElroy, although fiction, is a great book about the world of ATC and involves a collision between two planes and the controller's struggle to clear his name. Definitely worth a look.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:36 pm

"Ask the Pilot" by Pat Smith I got it years ago and it was my first aviation book. Legend.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:54 am

"Frequent Flyer". A great book in every way.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:55 am

"Boeing vs Airbus" , a real interesting one.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:07 pm

"Beyond the Blue Horizon" by Alexander Frater. In the early 1980's he flew along the orginal 1930's Imperial/Qantas route between London and Brisbane as best he could. I love it because at the time it combined the historic notes with comtemporary travel, such as flying on 707's. Now the contemporary travel is historic. Reading it now sends a chill up the spine as flew on the same TWA 727 before it was hijacked to Beiruit in 1985, he heard whipsers of Saddam Hussein's poison gas developments and encountered Indonesian soldiers on the way to brutalise East Timor. It's not all doom and gloom as there is a wonderful description of Delhi-Belly, a busty Swedish lass doing vodka shooters and ping-pong in Patpong too! A true gem on many levels.
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:57 pm

On a Wing and a Prayer edited by Malcolm MacPherson

You'll never look at a plane crash the same again. MacPherson was the guy who also edited The Black Box, which is a bunch of well-known plane crashes and the transcript from the cockpit. On a Wing and a Prayer goes beyond that and has interviews of the actual survivors of the crashes and the ordeal from a survivor's perspective. Freaky stuff in there, I tell ya! GET IT!!!
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RE: Your Favorite Airline Related Book?

Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:21 pm

1. SPLASH OF COLORS...John Nances book on Braniff International Airways and its demise.
2.HIGH AND THE MIGHTY...a fictional story and a movie
3.RUNWAY ZERO 8...another fictional story.....the movie "Airplane" was loosly based on this.
4.PROBABLE CAUSE...airline crash stories and causes by the best ..... Mr. Robert Serling
5.THE ELECTRA STORY.....the trouble with the Lockheed L188....another Serling book.

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