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Old 10th Jul 2011, 13:59
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'The Rogue Pilot.' Forgotten the author tho
Could be thinking of Darker Shades of Blue: The Rogue Pilot by Tony Kern.

If you're going to read that make sure you read Redefining Airmanship first. Kern also wrote Flight Discipline which is a good read also (slots in between the other two) although it is a little heavier going.

Unfortunately most of my reading these days alternates between Dora the Explorer and Angelina Ballerina.............
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 16:10
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Richard Bach's A Gift Of Wings.

A collection of short stories, most of them very inspiring. I read that so many times before I was able to start flying myself.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 18:11
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4 day follies is an amusing description of life as as an airline pilot in the US.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 19:11
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The Flying Doctor by Clyde Fenton

Best book I have read hands down. Better than fate is the hunter and gives a gripping account of flying in the territory in the pre war years and the larikens who survived there.

Got to love the cheek of Clyde. An aviation pioneer, a celebrity in his time, and a true Australian.

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Old 11th Jul 2011, 00:04
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"Chuckles over PNG" by Chimbu Chuckles!

When is your book "My Forked Life" coming out?
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 00:12
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It's a must! You have to read this book from cover to cover! Twice!!
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 00:39
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Plow King,

This is also an excellent book on HF (not the radio type) in aviation.

The Naked Pilot: The Human Factor in Aircraft Accidents.

I read it a number of years ago, and found it really useful.

Cool names.
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 02:45
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AIP's, CAR's, CAAP's. Interesting reading.....always being ammended!!
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 03:01
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Originally Posted by big buddah

It's a must! You have to read this book from cover to cover! Twice!!
If you read that you also have to read Low Level Hell by Hugh Mills. It's just as good as Chickenhawk imho.
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 04:22
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Good Aircraft Books

Eileen Steenson's Flight Plan PNG. Still one of my favorite Australian Aviation Books, brings back some great memories.
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 04:32
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"The Cannibal Queen: A Flight into the heartland of America."
by Stephen Coonts
Written about +20 years ago when he flew a Boeing Stearman, to every one of the lower 48 states of the USA.
He also wrote "Flight of the Intruder".
A good read and a must if you have, or would love to have a go of the Stearman.
Available also on Kindle.

"North Star over my Shoulder".
by Bob Buck
He died about 10 years ago at +90 years old. This book is about his life as a pilot starting as a DC2 Co-pilot till he retired as a TWA B747 Captain.
Very interesting book.
Available on Kindle.
He also wrote "Weather Flying".

"Sagittarius Rising".
by Cecil Lewis
The life of a WW1 pilot. What struck me was the experience level of this pilot. About -3 hours to solo, -10 hours to full pilots licence, -50 hours to go into battle (earlier pilots were expected to be fully ready for operational flights at 10 hours!). No instruction given to fly IFR or at night; all self taught on very, very limited panel.

"Flight of Passage".
by Rinker Buck (no relation to Bob Buck above)
1966 two brothers restored an old Piper Cub themselves and then at ages 15 and 17 flew it across the USA (self taught navigation, no radios etc).
Makes you want to go back in time and do it yourself!

"Aircraft Command Techniques".
by Sal J Fallucco
Quite simply one of the best CRM type books available and highly recommended for all pilots.


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Old 11th Jul 2011, 04:49
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Dittos on Chickenhawk.

Winging it by Jack Jefford.

MIG Pilot by John Barron.

Handling the Big Jets by Davies.

Wager With the Wind: The Don Sheldon Story by Greiner.
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 05:39
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Not an aircraft book as such...

A fantastic read nonetheless is A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin.
It's about the Apollo program and is a real eye opener on how far we haven't come in manned space exploration. They bred them tough in those days!
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 07:59
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The Naked Pilot: The Human Factor in Aircraft Accidents
Thanks Cool Names. I thought that was one I had read and forgotten about long ago, but it looks like I never had it to start with.
You can also get the boxed set of The Proficient Pilot (Schiff) for a reasonable price at the moment on Amazon.

Another one I've got on my shelves is Piloting for Maximum Performance - haven't read it for a long time, but I don't remember thinking it was a waste of time like some other things I've read so it can't be all that bad.

Also, the trap for young players, don't confuse Handling the Big Jets with Flying the Big Jets!

And of course don't forget
this one this one
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 12:38
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"The Flying Fisherman". Great read, real grass roots aviation.
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 13:10
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"Jet-Age Test Pilot"
by Tex Johnston
Started flying in the 1930s. In the 1940s was testing the grand-daddy of all modern airliners, the B-47 Stratojet. Later was the chief test pilot for the Boeing 707 prototype and was the PF who did the famous barrel roll over Lake Washington, Seattle.

"The Wrong Stuff"
by Cdr. John Moore, USN Ret.
Great account of carrier-based operations with early jets and various (and sometimes bizarre) experiments.

"Fighter Pilot's Heaven (Flight testing the early jets)"
by Donald Lopez.
Testing Shooting Stars and Sabre jets in the 1940s/50s.
Later, he become the Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum

And something different....

"Red Star in Orbit"
by James Oberg
Fascinating account by a former US Airforce and NASA engineer of the cold war Soviet space programme with all of its internal machinations, deadly politics and intrigues.

Also endorse previous recommendations for Bob Hoover and Ben Rich (Skunk Works).
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 13:30
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Currently reading 'Command Instrument Rating'.

Highly recommend 'Air Distaster: Volume 4: The Propeller Era by Macarthur Job.
Really interesting even if you're not into prop era airliners (I wasn't).

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Old 11th Jul 2011, 13:38
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Tall Tails of the South Pacific - John Laming

great read!!!
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 14:12
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Snake Pilot:Randy Zahn- AH1G in Vietnam
Pathfinders: Don Bennett
Apache: Ed Macy
Wings on My Sleeve: Eric 'Winkle' Brown- flown more types than any other pilot- also most carrier landings- great read about a remarkable man
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 20:51
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If you want a good read on an alternative flight training method, then download the following 4 books by ex-Aussie, now living in NZ, instructor Noel Kruse on FLY BETTER......
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