Can someone recommend some good aviation novels?

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  1. stratobee

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    Another vote for Vulcan 607. I think it's still today the longest non-stop tactical bomb raid performed. They had to coordinate multiple aerial refuelling rendez-vous for the notoriously thirsty Vulcan, day and night over the Atlantic with zero alternates. Gripping story.
     
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    Excellent read.
     
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    Just finished this book, in audio form...read by the same guy as Fighter Pilot:Memiors of Robin Olds

    Both are outstanding books.

    Higher Call is interesting story about a Lufthansa pilot that was drafted by the Air Force, did not volunteer to fight, but flew over 400 missions because of his sense of duty. Near the end of his fighter pilot career, quit counting his "victories" after about 25. Did not think it was that important.

    Of 30,000 German fighter pilots, only 1,200 survived.

    The book gives a great overview of World War II from his perspective. Makes me think that anyone could be placed in a similar situation, no matter what flag you fight for.

    Memiors of Robin Olds is a great read as well, it is a book I go back to reread again and again.

    Also love Flight of Passage
     
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    Ditto on Tim's suggestions. Just finished Robin Old's book - excellent read and the Doolittle book is a classic.
     
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    There are two books -- Weekend Wings and Weekend Pilot -- by the same author.

    Available on Kindle: Over Fields of Fire by Anna Timofeeva-Egorova. Subtitle: Flying the Sturmovik in action on the Eastern Front 1942-1945. A female fighter pilot.
     
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    David Freed has written three novels, main character is an impoverished CFI with a spook background. Mostly mystery/adventure stuff, but the flying parts are integral to the story and accurate, well done.
     
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    Martin Caidin (who was mentioned earlier in the thread) was a prolific writer from the '50's into the '90's. He wrote an interesting mix of fiction, pseudo history (AKA "Faction") and accurate history books.

    "The Last Dogfight" has already been suggested, but I'd also recommend:

    Jericho 52 (Mercenaries with their own JU-52)
    Whip (Gun nosed B-25's in the SWPac theater)
    Zoboa
    The Last Fathom (largely a submarine book, but with some P-3 Orion mixed in).
    The Final Countdown (Made into a movie - Time travel, F-14's vs Zero's)
    The Messiah Stone (No airplanes, but a good read).
    Encounter Three (or the Mendelov Conspiracy) - Science fiction about UFO's

    Anyway, he probably wrote a hundred books. If you like his style, you'll like most of 'em.

    Here's a booklist:

    http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/99333.Martin_Caidin
     
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    Airframe; Crichton.

    Researched very well as with all his books. More about the aviation business and the development of a plane than flying, but excellent reading.
     
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    Just Finished "The Aviators. Rickenbacker, Lindebergh and Dolittle. " By Winston Groom..Probably in the top 5 of Aviation Books I've read.
     
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    How about some general aviation books set in current times?

    It's fun to read about how flying was many years ago, but I would love to also read about people doing it now.
     
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    So you want to read our logbooks?:yes:
     
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    Funny you should ask: I just through reading an aviation thriller novel by E.L. Crenshaw, They Always Come in Three, and I've been posting a few other places about it. I read a lot of thrillers - not necessarily aviation. Most hold predictable story lines and one can see the ending come from a mile away (well, I can, anyway).

    Crenshaw's story and premise are different; but more importantly, he's an aviation industry professional and so his story is peppered with references on plane makeup and manufacture which really ring true and support the overall thriller, which centers around what happens when one airline begins to suffer not one, but a series of devastating crashes.

    At every turn the anticipated smooth flight becomes bumpy with complexities and inconsistencies. Thriller readers will find the investigation process precisely detailed, right down to the serial numbers of plane modifications.

    Fine, entertaining reading!
     
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    +1 .....Couldn't put it down.
     
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    Jeffery quill.....amazing test pilot for spitfire. Flew every model they built as it was improved many times during its production run. He took them up, hundreds of them and wrung them out, loops, rolls stalls, on and on. The flying he did to arrive at the skill level to do this is also amazing. His IFR flying was super amazing, not to mention his forced landings. He also flew combat for a time . This all happened in his early twentys. Passed away not long ago. Also " " Flying Fortress" by edward Jablonsky ! Amazing story's about the 100th bomb group flying b17s , pilots from 19 to 25 years old. Modern flying story's cannot compare.
     
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    Not an aviation novel, per se, but "The Right Stuff" by Thom Wolfe is a fantastic read...
     
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    a plug for one of our own.. Modified Flight Plan by bnt83 is a great read.. I couldn't put it down
     
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    Forty Tears Of Aviation Life Kindle Edition
    by David Boudreaux (Author), Steven Boudreaux (Editor)

    He's my A&P And good friend, decent book on ins and out of flying and owning a plane
     
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    "Biplane" by Richard Bach is a good, very short, read. :)
     
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    Safety last by brian power water. He flew with the RCAF, flew for allegheny airlines and finally retired on the eastern shore of Maryland where he flew his Pitts. A real character. He had a strip at his house where I landed my stearman.
     
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    I'm so glad you started this thread! I hadn't heard of most of these. Awesome!
     
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    There is a FaceBook Group called "PositiveRateAviationBookChat" that has several titles.
     
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