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Old 9th Jul 2011, 23:55
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Good aircraft books- what are you reading?

Have been reading a few books lately about the development of specific aircraft.
Am reading "The Tiger Moth story" by Alan Bramson.
Chimbu Chuckles might appreciate this comment from 1932 as detailed in the book, about the early impressions of the Tiger:
"The shaking and the juddering whilst ticking over, the dreadful aileron control, the effort required to put an inverted formation show at Hendon, the difficulty of operating in any sort of wind; no breaks and the tail skid tearing up great chunks of grass field!! Points for: NO trouble; very cheap to run and had a nice locker for instructor's suitcase when on weekends"

Any other good books out there? Suggestions?

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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:10
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Fate is the Hunter, is a must!
Chuck Yeager, "The right stuff" (Then you can make you're own mind up about him?
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:38
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Flying Through Midnight - John T Halliday
Vulcan 607 - Rowland White
Fly - Michael Veitch
A View From The Hover - John Farley
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 01:12
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Tiger Moths - "Dreadful things" according to my Grandfather who was a fitter and turner on them among other machines during the war. After they had been used in flying training and done the obligatory heavy landings they couldn't rig them according to the book. The final rigging adjustments were done in flight. Can you imagine that today? He would sit in one seat while another bloke flew and after getting the pilot's feedback he would bend down and adjust the control cable turnbuckles in flight! He had much nicer things to say about other aeroplanes however...

Another few:
Yeager - the autobiography
Forever Flying - Bob Hoover's autobiography
Any of Bill Swampy Marsh's RFDS stories (there are at least three books)
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 01:31
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Fate is the Hunter, is a must!

Ernest K. Gann is such a great writer.

I did read a book called "my god its a woman" or something like that written by Nancy bird walton.Not terribly well written, but Interesting stories of early aviation(particularly outback flying) around Aus.

Will have a look at some of the other books noted here.
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Buffalo Airways by Darrel Knight Flying the SR 71 Blackbird by Richard H Graham Squark 7700 Pete Buffington Hauling Checks Alex Stone North Star over my Shoulder by Bob Buck
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Normally I'd step in and defend my beloved Tigers. As I'm only checking PPRuNe due to wind killing today's flying I'd best keep my mouth shut!
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Sigh for a Merlin - Alex Henshaw
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'The Rogue Pilot.' Forgotten the author tho
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"Skunkworks" by Ben Rich and Leo Janos. "Reach for the sky" - pretty amazing story of Douglas Bader
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 06:44
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"Letting Fly" by Elaine McKenna and Deborah Wardley (formerly Lawrie).

The story of the first female pilot who tried to join Ansett. Sir Reg Ansett told his management pilots he did not want any women pilots in the cockpit of Ansett aircraft. Despite her being an already experienced general aviation pilot, every dirty trick was pulled by Ansett to stop her from being accepted as a pilot.
The story is about her career and subsequent various court appearances where she fought against blatant discrimination. Her case hit the headlines of that era and she finally won. Today she is one of Australia's most experienced airline captains. The book is available in some libraries. I have read it and found it hard to put down.
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must read

Chicken Hawk
if you like helicopters yjen this is a must read...!!
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'The big show'-Pierre Closterman, up there with the best ive read re WW2
'Think like a bird'
'Typhoon Pilot' Desmond Scott
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 08:06
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"Tiny office,Great Views" autobiography of Ross Isaacson. Australian GA pilot's career. Excellent stories & Photos.
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JET - the story of a Pioneer
Sir Frank Whittle K.B.E., C.B., F.R.S.

by Frederick Muller

Very good so far. Helps you to gain an understanding in the development of the jet engine.
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"Weather Flying" and "North Star over my Shoulder" by Robert Buck.
Flying the SR71 Blckbird Richard Graham
Flying Carpet Greg Brown
Unforgetable - my 10 best flights - Lane Wallace
Aerobatics - Neil Williams
Flight Unlimited - Eric Muller & Annette Carson
A History of Aerodynamics - John Anderson
Night Flight - Antoine de St Exupery
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I really enjoyed Stick and Rudder (Wolfgang Langeweische)
I wish I had read it 40 years ago - bought it 18 months ago and still haven't finished it - hard going.
Fate is the Hunter.
I agree with Old Akro about Aerobatics and Flight Unlimited. Neil Williams' books were regular bedtime reading.
Flight Fantastic by Annette Carson.
Better Aerobatics by Alan Cassidy.
Stall/Spin Awareness by Rich Stowell.
Aerobatics: Principle and Practice by David Robson.
Three Points: Flying a Tailwheel Aircraft by David Robson.
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1 Fate is the Hunter - Ernest Gann; Engrossing true flying events that happened to the author where fate dictated the outcome, not only the best flying book IMO, it's the best book I've ever read.

2 Chickenhawk - Robert Mason; A fascinating book about flying helicopter (Hueys) during the Vietnam war with a very sad ending.

3 The Sky My Canvas - Miles King; the story of the authors war time flying and the founding and development of Rex Aviation the largest Cessna distributorship outside of the USA.

4 Typhoon Pilot - Desmond Scott; the author was the youngest Group Captain in the Allied Air Force during WWII. The book covers the invasion of Europe by the Allies and the defeat of Germany and the role played in these events by the Typhoons.

5 Spitfire, A Test Pilots Story - Jeffrey Quill, The story of the development of the Supermarine Spitfire right from the first days through to the last Mks built as seen through the eyes of the Chief test pilot. A very interesting insight into what is probably the most remarkable fighter of WWII with the many different variants that were built to fulfil many various roles.
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Up Above - Down Under by Elva Rush. Stories of Australian Women in Aviation. Elva was in my area a few weeks ago, & we caught up for a chat.

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"Chuckles over PNG" by Chimbu Chuckles!

Oh! Sorry, that one hasn't been written yet.

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