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Good aircraft books- what are you reading?

Old 3rd Jan 2005, 23:26
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Reading a few John J. Nance books... I like them.

Nance is a B747 Captain in real life.
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Old 18th Jan 2005, 12:35
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Nah, im sorry people but "Budgie the helicopter" tops 'em all.

In particular "Budgie goes to sea", an absolute cracker.

Cant remember, but i think it was written by some redheaded toesucking nimwit.
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Old 21st Jan 2005, 05:58
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Slipping The Surly Bonds

"Fulcrum: A Top Gun Pilot's Escape From the Soviet Empire." by Alexander Zuyev

And some links to browse.......



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Old 1st Feb 2005, 09:56
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I can't Believe...
All these posts about great books, and not a single mention as yet of the one who more or less started it all for me;
Richard Bach...

Surley at least one in five pilots has a copy of "Jonathon Livingstone Seagull" in their collection?

Honourable mention to Antoine de Saint Exupery...

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Old 1st Feb 2005, 10:57
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Tom Wolfe "The Right Stuff" - test piloting and the guys that formed the early space program in the US.
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Old 3rd Feb 2005, 05:41
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Well I know what I want for X-Mas and birthday pressies!

Anyone got information (author's name and book ID no) on "Sky Pirates"?
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Old 3rd Feb 2005, 05:46
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If you've ever been in an Air Force, The Right Stuff and Catch 22 are hilarious - and utterly believable too.

Old 20th Feb 2005, 08:02
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I finally have it. My limited edition copy of "SLED DRIVER". Autographed and serial numbered. Havent started reading it yet but I had a flick through and it looks fantastic. Some of the photos are amazing. Cant wait to get into it. Although I think there will be rules, no greasy fingers, too name one.

I also got the last flight out of Berlin so I will be getting into that this week.
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Old 2nd Mar 2005, 13:07
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I'm also surprised that Gumaark is the only one to mention Richard Bach and more importantly Exupery.

Ernst K Gaan is fantastic with "Fate is the Hunter", but for sheer love of flying then Bach in "Biplane" or "Gift of wings" has to do it, Exupery is very philosophically astute at the emotions, although a little remiss on the technical side of things so the story goes......... Exupery has certainly influenced me personally.

is it true that copies of "Sled Driver" are around 400 USD now ?

ps, some of the w.e.johns stuff (biggles this , biggles that) is also fairly accurate in as much as it could have been at the time, early stuff better than later ,as later he made more cracking adventure stories rather than factual flight engagement anecdotes......or so I'm led to believe, fun reading though, I'm looking forward to getting the kids hooked


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Old 9th Mar 2005, 08:24
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My copy of 'sled driver' was 400USD. Havent read it yet. The pics so far have made it worth it though.
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Old 7th Apr 2005, 12:31
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I agree with 7gcbc. Richard Bach is an exceptional author. It sounds a little corny, but do your selves a favor, go and buy a copy of "jonathon Livingston Seagul". It is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. You really have to read between the lines, but i am sure you will find it as inspiring as I did.

Other than that, there is also another called "A Thousand Skies", which was a dramatisation of the life of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Excellent look into australian aviation in it's infancy.

Enjoy.... what a good string this is......!!
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Old 7th Jun 2005, 06:08
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Good Books

Can anyone suggest a few good books to read for an enthusiast with nothing better to do.

So far I have come up with;

Fate is the Hunter - Ghan
Handling the big Jets - Davies
Chickenhawk - Mason
The Right Stuff - Wolfe
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Old 7th Jun 2005, 06:44
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Check the Aviation History and Nostalgia forum and do a search. There was a thread running there on good aviation books which will provide far more titles than you can possibly read in a year.
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Old 7th Jun 2005, 08:20
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Go to www.aviation-worldwide.com

They have all titles for books and dvds with delivery setups in NZ and OZ.
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 12:40
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Just read 2 books by a french WW2 fighter pilot, Pierre Closterman 'The Big Show, his war on Spits, Typhoons and Tempests' and 'Flames in the Sky' a series of factual stories about flying and combat in the war. Quite old and almost certainly out of print now but if anybody can get them they are incredible reading.

Also anybody recall the name of a Battle of Britain novel written by a guy called Eleston Trevor? Again quite old. A good yarn which I would like to read again but just cant remember the name of thr book.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 17th Jun 2005, 02:46
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From dim memory, I think Elleston Trevor wrote Squadron Airborne.

Clostermann had an updated version of The Big Show released a couple of years ago but I don't know whether it has been translated and published in English.

Used to have a couple of hundred books in a similar vein (including the above 3) but donated them to the local library due to storage problems. Most of them did not come back after the first or second loan.
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Old 17th Jun 2005, 02:55
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ho..ho..ho..ho...when Pierre goes down he goes down in flames !

old ones is best

Old 19th Jun 2005, 21:49
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Coodashooda thanks very much for that memory jog. Now all Ive got to do is find it.

As for your incident, I guess its true that you don't know what you've got until you haven't got it huh. Must have been worth something.
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Old 20th Jun 2005, 06:24
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Another goody if you can find it is "I flew for the Führer."
By Heinz Knocke.
Old 24th Jun 2005, 11:06
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Was talking to Mike Collins (The Crew) a couple of nights ago. He tells me he is not only writing a sequal to the book but also a prequal.

Wonder if he will bloody make me pay for them too.

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