What I've read, suggestions?

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  1. Mike Moon

    Mike Moon Filing Flight Plan

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    I have been fascinated with aviation since I was a child. I am always looking for a good book, other than educational types (Ins. Proc. Handbook, AC-00-6b) to read during the rare downtime.

    So far I have read (listed in order of enjoyment):

    1. Flight of Passage by Buck, Rinker

    2. Sled Driver, Flying the Worlds Fastest Jet by Shul, Brian

    3. Fate is the Hunter by Gann, Ernest

    4. Forever Flying by Hoover, R. A.

    5. Stick & Rudder by Langewiesche, Wolfgang

    I bought "The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Trans-Atlantic Crossing" by Dan Hampton to read soon, but would appreciate the suggestions of others who have delved deeper into aviation literature. I enjoy a suspenseful plot line with excitement and details about the aircraft/route being flown.
     
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    Song of The Sky by Guy Murchie, published around 1954. Murchie, himself a WW2-era navigator, writes about navigation, weather, aerodynamics, history, etc., etc., with a poet's touch. Highly recommended.
     
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    Wager with the Wind
     
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    The Cannibal Queen by Stephen Coonts is a good one. Picked it up in 2000 or so, have read it probably 10 times. Not really any suspense of the plot, but a good deal about the flying and the route. Flys a Stearman cross country all summer, visiting all 48 lower states.
     
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    "We" by Charles Lindbergh
     
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    Some of these have already been mentioned, I typed it some time ago for another discussion, some are out of print but can usually be found, but here are some of the titles on my bookshelf, (in no particular order):

    Anything early (Stranger to the Ground, Biplane, Nothing by Chance, A Gift of Wings) by Richard Bach, before he got all New Agey weird and stopped writing about airplanes (though Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions are fun reads if you don't take them seriously). Though I recently read Travels With Puff and enjoyed it, you just gotta ignore the parts where the airplane talks to him.

    Anything from Ernest K. Gann. Most of his stuff is about the years around WWII, but 'Gentlemen of Adventure' is about some WWI pilots and their lives in later years.

    Any of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's flying stories (some of the best, but I really have to be in the mood for his writing style).

    Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck, two kids fly a Cub across the US in the early 1960s.

    The Cannibal Queen , about flying a Stearman around the US, and Flight of the Intruder (a Vietnam tale) by Stephen Coonts.

    The Air Devils by Don Dwiggins (the story of the early barnstormers).

    Slide Rule by Neville Shute.

    WWII:
    Reach For the Sky by Paul Brickhill (the story of Douglas Bader, the legless Battle of Britian ace).
    Fly For Your Life by Larry Forrester (the story of Bob Tuck, another Battle of Britian pilot... Tuck and Bader did not like each other).
    The Look of Eagles by John Godfrey, an American fighter pilot.
    Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles, a B-17 pilot.

    Ultralights/microlights:
    On a Wing and a Prayer by Colin MacKinnon, a Scotsman flying an ultralight across the southern US.
    Global Flyer by Brian Milton, who flew a microlight around the world, more or less... he comes across as kind of a jerk, but it's an interesting read.
    Propellerhead by Anthony Woodward, who decides to learn to fly to impress girls. This one alternates between "what an idiot" and "yeah, well, I did that too."
    Flying With Condors by Judy Leden.

    Marooned by Martin Cadin is a fictional novel about spaceflight, but has a great chapter about an 1960s USAF pilot taught to fly a Stearman by an old curmudgeon of an instructor.

    Flight to Freedom by Michael Donnet. True story about a Belgian Air Force pilot stuck in occupied Belgium after Germany invaded finds a derelict Stampe biplane in a barn, fixes it up in secret, and flies to England.

    Voyager by Jeanna Yeager and Dick Rutan, about the round the world flight.

    Yeager, the autobiography, and Forever Flying, about Bob Hoover. Two contemporaries with very different personalities.

    The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. Much better than the movie.

    Rickenbacker, the autobiography.

    The Spirit of Saint Louis by Charles Lindbergh.

    Listen! The Wind by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

    A Rabbit in the Air and The Grashoppers Come by David Garnett, about flying in the 1930s

    Every pilot knows about (and should read) Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langeweische, but his lesser known works (A Flier's World, I'll Take the High Road, and Lightplane Flying are all worth reading.
     
  7. Mike Moon

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    Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions!