Best Aviation History Books
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1. Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story
Author: by Carol Shaben
Grand Central Publishing
Read the “gripping and emotionally affecting” book where four men survived the plane crash.The pilot.A politician.A cop… And the criminal he was shackled to (Washington Post). On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people.
Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author’s father and Canada’s first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature.
Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault’s handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men’s survival. As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.
2. Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am
Author: by Julia Cooke
Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Menera of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 53″ and 59″, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire.
Cooke’s intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few Black stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life.
Cooke brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war.
3. Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History
Author: by DK
Discover more than 1,000 of the greatest commercial and military aircraft to ever fly the skies. This visual treat is packed with pictures and crammed with content for aviation enthusiasts everywhere. A century of flight is chronicled in hundreds of pages of jaw-dropping photography and accessible text.
You’ll enjoy an action-packed ride in all kinds of flying machines, from the very first prototypes to modern supersonic jets. Spread your wings and take flight in planes, helicopters, and airships, presented in glorious detail alongside fantastic facts and surprising stats.
Jump in the pilot seat of pioneering planes, including the Gipsy Moth, Spitfire, and Concorde, before taking a virtual tour of each and every model. Discover how powerhouse producers, such as Rolls-Royce and Rotax, ensure maximum performance from an array of aircraft engines.
Find out how famous marques, such as Boeing and Lockheed, came to set industry standards in aviation. Aviation enthusiasts of all stripes and ages will be captivated by this comprehensive and beautifully presented guide to the story of flight. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
4. Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying
Author: by Wolfgang Langewiesche
Publisher’s Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. WHAT’S IN STICK AND RUDDER:The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight: the Angle of Attack.
What it is, and why it can’t be seen. How lift is made, and what the pilot has to do with it. Why airplanes stall How do you know you’re about to stall? The landing approach. How the pilot’s eye functions in judging the approach.
The visual clues by which an experienced pilot unconsciously judges: how you can quickly learn to use them.”The Spot that does not move.” This is the first statement of this phenomenon. A foolproof method of making a landing approach across pole lines and trees.
The elevator and the throttle. One controls the speed, the other controls climb and descent.Which is which? The paradox of the glide. By pointing the nose down less steeply, you descend more steeply. By pointing the nose down more steeply, you can glide further.
5. The Wright Brothers
Author: by David McCullough
Simon & Schuster
The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prizethe dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to flyWilbur and Orville Wright. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothersbicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohiochanged history.
But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot. Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity.
When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air.
Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed. In this enjoyable, fast-paced tale (The Economist), master historian David McCullough shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly (The Washington Post) and captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished (The Wall Street Journal).
6. Tiger in the Sea: The Ditching of Flying Tiger 923 and the Desperate Struggle for Survival
Author: by Eric Lindner
Lyons Press (May 14, 2021)
September 1962: On a moonless night over the raging Atlantic Ocean, a thousand miles from land, the engines of Flying Tiger flight 923 to Germany burst into flames, one by one. Pilot John Murray didn’t have long before the plane crashed headlong into the 20-foot waves at 120 mph.
As the four flight attendants donned life vests, collected sharp objects, and explained how to brace for the ferocious impact, 68 passengers clung to their seats: elementary schoolchildren from Hawaii, a teenage newlywed from Germany, a disabled Normandy vet from Cape Cod, animmigrant from Mexico, and 30 recent graduates of the 82nd Airborne’s Jump School.
They all expected to die. Murray radioed out Mayday as he attempted to fly down through gale-force winds into the rough water, hoping the plane didn’t break apart when it hit the sea. Only a handful of ships could pick up the distress call so far from land.
The closest was a Swiss freighter 13 hours away. Dozens of other ships and planes from nine countries abruptly changed course or scrambled from Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall, all racing to the rescuebut they would take hours, or days, to arrive.
7. When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival
Author: by Juliane Diller (Koepcke)
Titletown Publishing, LLC
She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles above the Earth.
Her survival is unexplainable and considered a modern day miracle. Her mother was among the 91 dead and Juliane the sole survivor. For 11 days she crawled and walked alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair her only companions as maggots ate their way into her wounds.
Juliane ultimately survives and goes on to live an inspiring life as a scientist continually drawn back to the terrain that threatened to take her. On the 40th anniversary, she shares not only the private moments of her survival and rescue but her life in the wake of the dramatic true story.
8. The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions
Author: by Piers Bizony
Formed in 1958, NASA has long maintained a department of visual artists to depict the concepts and technologies created in humankind’s quest to explore the final frontier. Culled from a carefully chosen reserve of approximately 3,000 files deep in the NASA archives, the 200 artworks presented in this large-format edition provide a glimpse of NASA history like no other.
From space suits to capsules, from landing modules to the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and more recent concepts for space planes, The Art of NASA presents 60 years of American space exploration in an unprecedented fashion. All the landmark early missions are represented in detailGemini, Mercury, Apolloas are post-Space Race accomplishments, like the mission to Mars and other deep-space explorations.
The insightful text relates the wonderful stories associated with the art. For instance, the incredibly rare early Apollo illustrations show how Apollo might have looked if the landing module had never been developed. Black-and-white Gemini drawings illustrate how the massive NASA art department did its stuff with ink pen and rubdown Letraset textures.
9. Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
Author: by R.G. Grant
“Discover the fascinating stories behind humankind’s conquest of the skies, from dreamers and inventors to modern-day astronauts. Take a sky-high journey through the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, to Concorde’s final voyage, to the tragic crash of the Columbia, and more, in this stunning book packed with information on the history of aviation.
Charting the trailblazers, jet test pilots, and constant progress at the cutting-edge of technology, every aspect of flight is explored. Recalling memorable events of the sky record-breaking flights, aerial warfare, and hijackings Flight is the story of how our dream to fly became a reality.
This visual guide features remarkable photography on every page and galleries throughout to showcase important aircraft with multiple viewpoints and their key statistics. Anyone interested in airplanes and vehicles of the sky, and their inventors, engineers, and pilots should have this book on their shelf.
10. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
Author: by Adam Makos
THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE From America’s forgotten war in Korea comes an unforgettable tale of courage by the author of A Higher Call. Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend.
A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.
While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous joblanding on the deck of an aircraft carriera line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept.
Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC Red Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor.
11. NASA Saturn V 1967-1973 (Apollo 4 to Apollo 17 & Skylab) (Owners' Workshop Manual)
Author: by David Woods
Haynes Publishing UK
Few launch vehicles are as iconic and distinctive as NASA’s behemoth rocket, the Saturn V, and none left such a lasting impression on those who watched it ascend. Developed with the specific brief to send humans to the Moon, it pushed rocketry to new scales.
Its greatest triumph is that it achieved its goal repeatedly with an enviable record of mission success. Haynes’ Saturn V Manual tells the story of this magnificent and hugely powerful machine. It explains how each of the vehicle’s three stages worked; Boeing’s S-IC first stage with a power output as great as the UK’s peak electricity consumption, North American Aviation’s S-II troubled second stage, Douglas’s workhorse S-IVB third stage with its instrument unit brain – as much a spacecraft as a rocket.
From the decision to build it to the operation of its engines’ valves and pumps, this lavishly illustrated and deeply informative book offers a deeper appreciation of the amazing Saturn V.
12. The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370
Author: by Florence de Changy
Mudlark (February 4, 2021)
February 4, 2021
People often say that non-fiction books read like fast-moving thrillers, but this one genuinely does This is a splendid book and highly recommended.’ Daily Mail A remarkable piece of investigative journalism into one of the most pervasive and troubling mysteries of recent memory.
01:20am, 8 March 2014. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared into the night, never to be seen or heard from again. The incident was inexplicable. In a world defined by advanced technology and interconnectedness, how could an entire aircraft become untraceable? Had the flight been subject to a perfect hijack?
Perhaps the pilots lost control? And if the plane did crash, where was the wreckage? Writing for Le Monde in the days and months after the plane’s disappearance, journalist Florence de Changy closely documented the chaotic international investigation that followed, uncovering more questions than answers.
Riddled with inconsistencies, contradictions and a lack of basic communication between authorities, the mystery surrounding flight MH370 only deepened. Now, de Changy offers her own explanation. Drawing together countless eyewitness testimonies, press releases, independent investigative reports and expert opinion, The Disappearing Act offers an eloquent and deeply unnerving narrative of what happened to the missing aircraft.
13. Flight: 100 Greatest Aircraft
Author: by Mark Phelps
A comprehensive look at the worlds great aircraft from the experts at Flying magazine featuring spectacular full-color photographs fascinating and informative text and detailed specifications that will delight die-hard data fans Of all humanitys dazzling innovations perhaps none capture our imaginations or fuel our inventive spirits as much as flight In our quest to soar higher faster and farther weve dreamed up airborne wonders that are a sight to behold-like the supersonic F-22 Raptor stealthily soaring above the clouds or the Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Biplane the beautiful starter model that helped a generation earn their wings Thats not even to mention the deluxe Concorde-the first passenger jet to cruise at the speed of sound These iconic aircraft-and 97 more stunning feats of aeronautical engineering-make up the worlds most groundbreaking contributions to flight all curated and collected here by the experts at Flying magazine In Flight 100 Greatest Aircraft theres something for every
14. Flight of Passage: A Memoir
Author: by Rinker Buck
Writer Rinker Buck looks back more than 30 years to a summer when he and his brother, at ages 15 and 17 respectively, became the youngest duo to fly across America, from New Jersey to California. Having grown up in an aviation family, the two boys bought an old Piper Cub, restored it themselves, and set out on the grand journey.
Buck is a great storyteller, and once you get airborne with the boys you find yourself absorbed in a story of adventure and family drama. And Flight of Passage is also an affecting look back to the summer of 1966, when the times seemed much less cynical and adventures much more enjoyable.
15. The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest
Author: by Ed Caesar
An outstanding book. The Wall Street Journal * Gripping at every turn. Outside * A gem of a book. The Guardian * A hell of a ride. The Times (London) An extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve the wounds of war and save his own soul through an audacious adventure.
In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Mount Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceives his own crazy, beautiful plan: he will fly a plane from England to Everest, crash-land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summitall utterly alone.
Wilson doesn’t know how to climb. He barely knows how to fly. But he has the right plane, the right equipment, and a deep yearning to achieve his goal. In 1933, he takes off from London in a Gipsy Moth biplane with his course set for the highest mountain on earth.
Wilson’s eleven-month journey to Everest is wild: full of twists, turns, and daring. Eventually, in disguise, he sneaks into Tibet. His icy ordeal is just beginning. Wilson is one of the Great War’s heroes, but also one of its victims.
16. From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog: Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot
Author: by Steven K Ladd
September 30, 2020
Fighter pilots!Images of Baron Manfred von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker in the Great War, Johnnie Johnson, Robert Stanford Tuck and Richard Bong in the Second World War, or Robin Olds in Vietnam, all spring to mind. Volumes have been written about them, past and present.
Understandably, most of these revolve around the skill, cunning and bravery that characterizes this distinctive band of brothers, but there are other dimensions to those who take to the skies to do battle that have not been given the emphasis they deserve until now.
You do not have to be an aviation aficionado to enjoy Colonel Steve Ladd’s fascinating personal tale, woven around his 28-year career as a fighter pilot. This extremely engaging account follows a young man from basic pilot training to senior command through the narratives that define a unique ethos.
From the United States to Southeast Asia; Europe to the Middle East; linking the amusing and tongue-in-cheek to the deadly serious and poignant, this is the lifelong journey of a fighter pilot. The anecdotes provided are absorbing, providing an insight into life as an Air Force pilot, but, in this book, as Colonel Ladd stresses, the focus is not on fireworks or stirring tales of derring-do.