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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 04:39
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Ciara O'Toole, Going Solo on Lake Como.

Biographical and not too deep, and not solely about aviation. Available from you local Kinazon or Amadle store!
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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 09:34
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How Airliners Fly (non-fiction, paperback and Amazon Kindle)
The Damocles Plot (Amazon Kindle)
The Sommerville Case (Amazon Kindle)
Flight 935 Do You Read (Amazon Kindle)

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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 11:02
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Bomber by Len Deighton. Harrowing read but has a ring of authenticity.
Also Bomb Run by Spencer Dunmore

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Quote from CNH:
I'm surprised no one's mentioned David Beaty...



His aforementioned The Heart of the Storm is not as well-known as Cone of Silence (which was made into a feature film), but gives a rare insight into the type of operation run by BSAA just after WW2. If you like Ernest Gann, it's a must. For a list of his other books:
Arthur David Beaty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Incidentally, although I greatly admire Gann's flying experiences and writing skills, in later life I have come to think his concept of fate is greatly overplayed - even potentially dangerous.

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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 15:19
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Not fiction but good reading nonetheless..............

Sky Fever Autobiography of Geoffrey de Havilland.

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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 15:27
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Plane Crazy, by Sabine Hargreaves. ISBN 978-1-4520-1850-8
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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 15:29
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I'm surprised no one's mentioned David Beaty
I'm even more surprised no-one has mentioned Dale Brown
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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 18:23
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Air Scream by John Bruce.
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Old 3rd Oct 2013, 22:30
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"Delta Papa" by Derek Piggott
Dambusters by Paul Brickhill
Reach for the Sky [A Bader biography]
Fly for your Life [ R.R.S. Tuck bio]
Faster than the Sun by R Beaumont
The Big Show and To Little Too Late by Pierre Clostermann
Old books, but easy reading
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Old 5th Oct 2013, 10:21
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Four very different books, but all excellent.


The Wind Beneath my Wings
By John Hutchinson, Concorde Pilot

Published by Speedman Press.



Capt Hutchinson started his flying career in the RAF and was then a corporate pilot for three years before joining BOAC. He was a 707 and 747 co-pilot, and then a captain on the VC10 before being selected to be a Concorde captain.
IMHO, a 'must read' for anyone interested in aviation generally and Concorde in particular.


A View from the Hover: My Life in Aviation
by John Farley

Published by Seager Publishing



A very readable account of the career of one of our most distinguished and highly respected test pilots, and a fascinating insight into an exciting era of aviation history.
John Farley has the rare gift of being able to explain the most technical matters in a way that can be understood even by those who, like me, are not naturally technically minded.


Highest Duty
By Capt Chesley Sullenberger





Capt Sullenberger relates what happened on the 15th January 2009 when he was forced to land an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River New York.
He comments on the current state of the airline industry with a particular emphasis on safety, and the sometimes conflicting interests of safety v cost-cutting.
Recommended to anyone in, or interested in, the aviation industry.


Apollo 13
By Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger



The full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe.
Through the brilliance and courage of Jim Lovell and his crew, improvising under conditions of extreme hardship and pressure, an almost certain catastrophe was averted and Apollo 13 was brought home safely, with Captain Lovell adjusting course manually by firing the lunar module’s thrusters and engine, using his watch for timing.
As inspiring today as it was more than thirty years ago.

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Old 5th Oct 2013, 12:13
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I wouldn't disagree with any of the existing recommendations - I've enjoyed and read most of them.

I'll mention however - one of my roles in life is supervising PhD students in aviation subjects. Often they are not people whose first language is English, and always they are not yet used to the sort of high quality writing required of a doctoral candidate.

I've had really good results setting Neville Shute as compulsory reading - accessible, but also an excellent example of really clear writing about aviation topics, by an extremely competent and literate aviation professional. For the purposes of the original poster, it doesn't get much better.

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Old 5th Oct 2013, 14:20
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I agree Neville Shute is an excellent story teller. His prose is deceptively lucid - a delight to read.

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Old 6th Oct 2013, 14:02
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Chiglet. 'Faster than the Sun' was written by Peter Twiss, not R. Beaumont. It was the story of the World Speed Record attempt in the FD2.Regards.
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 19:48
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The Most Dangerous Game, Gavin Lyall.
First read by me at age fifteen and re-read every one of the the forty years that have followed.

Gann and Lecomber I second, all sit on my shelf.

Chickenhawk, Robert Mason, another superb read.
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 20:11
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Stranger to the Ground by Richard Bach is a great read.
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 20:52
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"Damn Serious Business" by Ching Willows (Earl Willis)
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Old 7th Oct 2013, 12:49
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Originally Posted by albatross View Post
Stranger to the Ground by Richard Bach is a great read.
It is, but Bach's "Gift of Wings" is a far better general book on the joys of flying, and might suit the OP better.

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Jem60,
Sorry, I had a senior moment...I meant My Part of the Sky
And yes I do have the Twiss book
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Old 8th Oct 2013, 09:36
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A Thousand Shall Fall-Murray Peden
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