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Good aircraft books- what are you reading?

Old 11th Jul 2011, 21:24
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If you're into biographies, and I am....
Ian Mackersey - a NZ author wrote a couple of warts and all on The Wright Brothers and Jean Batten.

First Man, to my knowledge the only official biography on Neil Armstrong by James Hansen is an excellent antidote to the Yeager book.

Generally, I get lost in any well written aviation historical and just wish I was born 30 years earlier.......
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Old 12th Jul 2011, 00:22
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Can't believe that only one person has mentioned The Flying Doctor by Clyde Fenton - hands down the best book I've ever read..

Also no one has mentioned Tall Tales of the South Pacific, written by a well known PPRuNe identity and also a great read.

Perhaps if more kids read books like these there wouldnt be such a rush to skip GA and join an airline cadetship aged 18??
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Old 12th Jul 2011, 02:13
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Tall Tails of the South Pacific - John Laming
Yes it has.
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Old 12th Jul 2011, 07:24
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Winged Victory.
V M Yeates.

Excellent, excellent, excellent;

Winged Victory - A Book By V.M. Yeates, An RFC Fighter Pilot
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Old 13th Jul 2011, 03:14
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I'd just like to say the Tiger is the aeroplane I have had the most amount of fun in thus far out of all the aerobatic (if you can call it that) types I have flown.

I am a bit bias, but have read (about half a million times) Aerobatics - Neil Williams.
I am reading Duane Cole's Roll Around a Point and Conquest of Lines and Symmetry at the moment. Sigh for a Merlin by Alex Henshaw was a brilliant read, as was The Spifire: A test pilots story by Jeffrey Quill.

The most interesting read I have had to date in relation to Aviation, is unquestionably Charles Kingsford Smith and those magnificent men by Peter Fitzsimons. If you enjoy reading about Aviation history, this is the book. So many prominant personalities are mentioned as Smithy crossed paths with so many of them.
I have copies of all the above, but one I have read but don't own myself is Keith Park's biography, would really like to track down a copy of this one.

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Old 13th Jul 2011, 10:04
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Re-reading "Skunkworks" by Ben Rich and Leo Janos. A very well-thumbed and dog-eared copy now.
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Old 13th Jul 2011, 10:39
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Ewan Wilson Dogfight. Just jokes, luckliy i bought some toilet paper. Chronolgy of what can go wrong will go wrong. Loved the piece where he did an Eagle Air charter with a mechanic only to get lost
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 05:03
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Loved the piece where he did an Eagle Air charter with a mechanic only to get lost
As I heard it he was flying an aircraft chartered by Eagle to get an engineer to fix a stranded aircraft. The moron landed at the wrong airport and the engineer refused to go home with him. The really scary part if true was it was an IFR flight.
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 07:13
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"Nanette" by Edwards Park. A P39 fighter pilot's story with his 'Cobra in NG.
Makes you want to fly one. I want one !.. I did find one, but some bum had blown it up post war. Bugger.
An expaned version from QUP.. "Angels Twenty"

"Song of the Sky" by Guy Murchie. Roamed the world as a Navigator on C54s.

" Flight of the Mew Gull" Alex Henshaw. Got to be the most amazing long distance record flight..and nav ex in the history of aviation, Cape Town and back.
A top precursor to "Sigh for a Merlin". He was "Mr Spitfire" extrordinaire, too
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 07:41
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what are you reading?

B-350 POH, I just can't get into the story...
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 08:10
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Now don't you go showing off Howard. Its not nice you know.
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 08:52
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1. Forever Flying by Bob Hoover

2. Gatty Prince of Navigators

3. Bennett and the Pathfinders

4. Sigh for a Merlin

5. The Flight of the Mew Gull

6. Corsairville

7. Bushies A history of Queensland's Airline.

8. The Big Show Pierre Closterman

9. Airfix Celebrating 50 Years of the Greatest Plastic kits

10. The Dambusters by Guy Gibson

11. Phoenix Squadron

12. Vulcan 607

13. The Forgotten Giant of Australian Aviation

14. This Flying Business
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 04:12
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10. The Dambusters by Guy Gibson
Do you mean 'The Dambusters' by Paul Brickhill
'Enemy Coast Ahead' by Guy Gibson?

Both good reads.
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 06:31
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Much Not of an Engineer by Sir Stanley Hooker.

A good account of the war and the start of the jet age
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Old 16th Jul 2011, 07:57
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Thanks Pinky,

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson

The Dambusters by Paul Brickhill

Another few for the list

Piper Aircraft by Roger Peperell

The Long Way Home.
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Old 16th Jul 2011, 08:11
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Hard Landing.

A brilliant book on the history of why Deregulation was introduced in the USA and its disastrous initial consequences.
The book also gives an interesting introduction on the setup of airlines and how they came to be.
Highly recommended.

Others include:
* I flew for the Fuhrer by Heinz Knoke
* The First Jet Pilot by Lutz Warsitz
* Herman Goring Fighter Ace by Peter Kilduff
* The 49ers - The True Story by John Warham


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Old 16th Jul 2011, 12:55
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Another one for the biography lovers: "Wings of Destiny" - the Charles Learmonth story. Very vivid stories from the life of an amazing man and his colleagues. From Ansons in WA to Boston bomber stories in PNG to Hudsons and his unecessary death in one due to faults of that aircraft that were only rectified as a result of his demise (even though the machine had killed hundreds of men by then). Learmonth airport named in his worthy honour.

HH I have a few POH storis too. However a few would be 'nightmare' material for our friend Wally...!
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Old 17th Jul 2011, 02:47
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"German Fighter Acerich Hartmann". Claimed 352 victories,345 of which were against the Soviet Air Force. Upon cessation of hostilities he surrendered to the Americans only to be handed over to the Reds who sentenced him to 25 years hard labour.He served 10 years and on release rejoined the Luftwaffe and commanded Germany's first all-jet unit flying F-86's and later F-104's. Certainly an interesting view of the Air War on the Eastern Front from the German perspective.
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Old 17th Jul 2011, 05:50
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Vectors by Len Morgan, stories from the good days of airline flying.
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Old 17th Jul 2011, 06:03
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Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane. Astronaut on three Shuttle missions. Not a pilot but still a pretty great read. Available on e-book at Amazon for those who read these days via iPad.
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