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Aviation Books to read

Postby Bolar » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:37 pm

Just picked up James Hamilton-Patterson Empire of the Clouds a very interesting read Aircraft covered Meteor DH.108 Swallow Vampire DH.106 Comet EE Canberra Canada CF-100 Swift Sea Vixen Javelin Hunter Fairy Delta Valiant Victor Vulcan Lightning Buccaneer TSR. :thumbs: 2
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Postby Flyingmonster » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:35 pm

Just finished that myself! A truly great read!! :thumb:
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Postby sjnovis » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:01 pm

I too am in the middle of reading this, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, as the first chapter dealt with events leading up to John Derrys crash.
I thought perhaps it was going to be just a sensationalist view of aircraft industry practices of the time, but I'm glad I persevered as it is more level headed than that.
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Postby Flyingmonster » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:03 pm

sjnovis wrote:I too am in the middle of reading this, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, as the first chapter dealt with events leading up to John Derrys crash.
I thought perhaps it was going to be just a sensationalist view of aircraft industry practices of the time, but I'm glad I persevered as it is more level headed than that.


That was my thought exactly but I learnt a hell of a lot! I have just started Bill Watertons The Quick and the Dead :thumb:
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby jem60 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:48 pm

F.4 Phantom. A pilots story, by Robert Prest. Brillian book. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Postby Flyingmonster » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:33 pm

Jem completely agree with you there!! Enemy Coat Ahead by Guy Gibson is also a great read as well as Pierre Clostermans Big Show :thumb:
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Postby jem60 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:07 pm

Just to keep it going whilst I am away on holiday. 'Wings on my sleeve' By Eric 'Winkle' Brown.I have a copy autographed by him at an after dinner speech given by him. What an evening that was!!. If any of you don't know who he is, then get 'googleing' A proper legend.!! Chickenhawk by somebody Mason? About flying Hueys in Vietnam. Excellent also. 'First Light' by Geoffrey Wellum. Wonderful, wonderful book. Totally different from 'the hun came at me out of the sun' books.
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Postby Flyingmonster » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:12 pm

First Light is a stunning read as is the Last Enemy by Richard Hillary :thumb:
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Postby Ben Montgomery » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:48 pm

John - I might have been at the same event as you, as I've got the same book and signed. North Weald, for the Vampire run?

Lockheed Blackbird, by Paul Crickmore is fantastic. Does get a bit technical sometimes (but that's the best part! :thumb: ), but a very interesting read!
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Postby ZZ330 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:00 pm

Hi Ben,

Which book is that (just looked on Amazon and he has a few)... if you like them a bit more technical try Design for Air Combat by Ray Whitford. Great book and Ray is a really nice chap. The book is not easy to get but well worth the effort. His other books are good too...

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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Ben Montgomery » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:42 pm

This is the one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lockheed-Blackb ... 115&sr=8-1

Design for Air Combat? Hmm, sounds like a book for me! Thanks :thumb:
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Postby garyscott » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:46 pm

Ben Montgomery wrote:Design for Air Combat? Hmm, sounds like a book for me! Thanks :thumb:


That book would be RIGHT up your street Ben, very in depth at all formulae etc, reasons behind certain design choices, pitfalls, you name it. Highly recommend!
I picked it up for £20 in 1988!!
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Re: Aviation Books to read

Postby Mike » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:52 pm

Topic moved to The Mess as it's aviation-related after all !

EDIT :- I've stickified it too !
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Postby Ben Montgomery » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:54 pm

Theres a bunch of second hand copies on Amazon...


"Add to Cart"

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Postby steve149c » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:06 pm

My favourite is Sea Harrier over the Falklands, Amazon here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Harrier-Ove ... 400&sr=8-1

All really enjoyed Vulcan 607 and if you have read both books they intercross slightly, particularly one event "morning", if you have read them you will understand.

Sea Harrier is great, deals with more than just the falklands, a true insight

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Postby Garysb » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:13 pm

Just finished "pressing the metal" by Alex Duncan DFC

Chinooks in Afghanistan a very good read


Also "Armed action" by LC James Newton DFC

Lynx in Iraq



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Postby ZZ330 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:32 pm

Thanks Ben I will try that one,

Ray's other books are worth reading too, The Fundamentals of of Fighter Design and the Evolution of the Airliner, both excellent!

As to other good aviation reads, well my favourite classics are:

Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K Gann, Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis and of course Chickenhawk by Robin Mason.

If you like test pilot/space stuff then First Man (Neil Armstrong) is awesome. Lots of technical stuff in there as well.

ZZ :thumb:
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Postby garyscott » Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:39 pm

Another fascinating read is "Dark Eagles" by Curtis Peebles.
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Postby FirebirdF3 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:36 pm

Just finished Spitfire Ace of Aces by Dilip Sarkar. Bio of Johnnie Johnson including some of his last interviews.

A good read. A/W Sky Tiger by Norman Franks (bio of Sailor Malan, on its way from Amazon).

Wish Smoke Trails in the Sky by Tony Bartley would be reprinted. I read it many years ago (borrowed from library). Was one of the first WW2 autobiographies I read.
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Postby Grahame W » Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:08 am

Anything by Bill Gunston, an unbeatable combination of technical information and readability! Have just finished re-reading his "Early Supersonic Fighters of the West". A bit dated now, but still fascinating. Also, if fiction is to be included in this thread, I must mention "The Hunters" by James Salter, IMHO the best novel ever written about combat flying. If you've seen the Hollywood film version on the telly, erase it from your memory. It's a travesty of the novel.
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