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levashov 2nd Oct 2013 00:07

Aviation fiction books needed.
Hello guys,

Would like to read some fiction or documentary books about aviation, as well as to practice my english and vocabulary.

Would you please advise me with books your have read and recommend to read.

It can be anything concerning aviation, like memories of constructors, pilots, fighter or bomber pilots etc. or really fiction ones.

It would be also great if it is not very rate books, so i can easily purchase
them thru the books store or online.

Links to a similar topics is also welcomed.

Thank you very much.

Matari 2nd Oct 2013 00:39

Well, somebody is going to say it, I might as well be the first:

Wind, Sand and Stars, by Antoine de St. Exupery. You can practice your French and English.

Wind, Sand and Stars

pigboat 2nd Oct 2013 01:05

Fate Is The Hunter by Ernest K. Gann.

cyrilroy21 2nd Oct 2013 01:07

Not works of Fiction , nonetheless very good books
Fate is the hunter by Ernest K Gann

Fate is the Hunter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Going Solo by Roald Dahl

Going Solo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


mgahan 2nd Oct 2013 01:09

Nevile Shute often used aviation themes in his work.

Fiction, usually with good geographic reference and very readable;
No Highway, Round the Bend, In the Wet (but a slow start - bear with him it is a foundation for the end), An Old Captivity and (non fiction) Slide Rule.

olasek 2nd Oct 2013 01:14

I highly recommend this:

Very inexpensive, very short independent stories 3-4 pages max, each story is a description and commentary on a very interesting real airplane accident, most of them are about small aircraft but some deal with big ones and since all these accidents cover various aspects of flying you get great span of vocabulary plus the language used is very non-technical, perfect book for someone who is just learning English. It is a must read for every beginning pilot who wants to stay alive. As you can see the book has great reviews.

Huck 2nd Oct 2013 01:14

The High and the Mighty - E. Gann

Airport - A. Hailey

Flight of Passage - R. Buck

ATC Watcher 2nd Oct 2013 02:38

Basically all of St Exupery,
Fate is the hunter by Gann of course .The summum,
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. but not all on aviation, space as well.,
Yeager , an autobiography ( excellent)

and if you just want to dream about flying , the small book : Johantan Livingston Seagull.

You will note that all these were written between 1930 and 1970 .
After that (Air)bus driving slowly took over.

visibility3miles 2nd Oct 2013 02:39

"Tales of an Old Aviator -- The Big Chill"
by Duke Elegant

perantau 2nd Oct 2013 02:59

Aviation fiction books needed.
Behind the Cockpit Door
Arthur Whitlock
ISBN 978-0863037450

AerocatS2A 2nd Oct 2013 03:24

Anything by Capt W.E. Johns. :ok:

evansb 2nd Oct 2013 04:59

Runway Zero-Eight by Arthur Hailey.

dubbleyew eight 2nd Oct 2013 05:36

in all of my life I have read just one book written by a woman that I enjoyed.

Christina Jones, Walking on Air. ISBN 0-00-651344-1. published by Harper Collins.

it is about a near derelict airfield in england where they decide to work up into a wing walking act for the airshow circuit. it is a brilliant read.

Fitter2 2nd Oct 2013 06:57

Shooting Script, Gavin Lyall.

How to use a DH Dove in combat against a Vampire....

Capetonian 2nd Oct 2013 07:03

John Gordon Davis : Seize the Reckless Wind
Alexander Frater : The Blue Horizon

Chris Scott 2nd Oct 2013 08:36

In my teens I too devoured W.E Johns ("Biggles"); then almost all of Nevil Shute Norway (all fiction except Slide Rule), and (later) Gann and St Exupery. Must admit to a preference for biography. At some stage I read Reach for the Sky (Paul Brickhill?), which taught me to call a 'plane an aeroplane (airplane if you are west of the pond) and a biography of Frank Whittle, the jet engineer.

There were also a few pilot memoirs, including:
The Sound Barrier by Nevil Duke;
Mach One by Mike Lithgow;
Wind in the Wires by a WW1 fighter pilot called ? Grinnel-Milne.

More recently, there are the memoirs of Chuck Yeager and Jim Lovell.

IMO the best fiction is based on fact. In that category David Beaty, a former BOAC pilot, wrote "The(?) Heart of the Storm and The Cone of Silence, both of which dramatise the conflicting priorities that airline captains sometimes face.

I also thoroughly recommend the Obituary pages of quality newspapers, if you are trying to polish your English. Sadly, many of the most interesting subjects are long-gone...

Alogan 2nd Oct 2013 13:07

In addition to many of the above, I would highly recommend 'Winged Victory' by VM Yeates.

CNH 3rd Oct 2013 00:01

I'm surprised no one's mentioned David Beaty, starting off with

India Four Two 3rd Oct 2013 03:36

Lots of good books here:





TheiC 3rd Oct 2013 03:49

Try Brian Lecomber's novels; probably the best is 'Dead weight'...

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