Books On Flight

70 Books on Flight: The Ultimate Uplifting Aviation Library

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Most aviators or aviation enthusiasts will have a few books on flight on their shelves ranging from the history of flight and, biographies of pioneer pilots to collections of anecodotes from flight attendants. It’s a vast subject that caters for all tastes and any one of these volumes would be a suitable accompaniment on your next flight or while you sit at home.

This compilation of 70 books on flight lists them by the title, author, and date of publication. There’s a brief description and a suggestion as to who might best enjoy each one. Browse through and see if any jump out.

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70 Books on Flight – Browse And Choose

1. “The Wright Brothers”

Author: David McCullough
Date of Publication: 2015

This book delves into the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the pioneers of aviation. McCullough meticulously details their journey from bicycle mechanics to inventors of the first successful airplane. The book is rich in historical context and personal anecdotes, making it a compelling read.

Who it’s for: History buffs, aviation enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the story of human innovation.


2. “Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying”

Author: Wolfgang Langewiesche
Date of Publication: 1944

This is a seminal work on the fundamentals of flying. Langewiesche breaks down complex aerodynamic principles into easily understandable concepts. The book is considered essential reading for pilots and those interested in the mechanics of flight.

Who it’s for: Student pilots, aviation engineers, and anyone curious about the mechanics of flight.


3. “Fate is the Hunter”

Author: Ernest K. Gann
Date of Publication: 1961

This memoir recounts the author’s experiences as a commercial and military pilot. Gann’s storytelling is vivid, capturing the thrill, uncertainties, and challenges of early aviation. The book is a tribute to the pioneers of flight and the risks they took.

Who it’s for: Fans of memoirs, aviation enthusiasts, and those interested in the human aspect of flying.


4. “Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot”

Author: Mark Vanhoenacker
Date of Publication: 2015

Written by a commercial pilot, this book offers poetic insights into the experience of flight. Vanhoenacker blends technical details with philosophical musings, making it a unique read that captures the magic of flying.

Who it’s for: General readers, those interested in the poetic and philosophical aspects of flight.


5. “Yeager: An Autobiography”

Author: Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos
Date of Publication: 1985

This autobiography chronicles the life of Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier. The book covers his military career, test flights, and personal life, offering a comprehensive look at a legendary figure in aviation history.

Who it’s for: Military aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, and fans of biographies.


6. “The Spirit of St. Louis”

Author: Charles A. Lindbergh
Date of Publication: 1953

This Pulitzer Prize-winning book recounts Charles Lindbergh’s historic solo flight across the Atlantic. Written by Lindbergh himself, the book offers firsthand insights into the challenges and triumphs of his journey.

Who it’s for: History enthusiasts, fans of adventure stories, and aviation aficionados.


7. “Flight of Passage”

Author: Rinker Buck
Date of Publication: 1997

This memoir recounts the author’s journey flying a Piper Cub across the United States with his brother at the age of 15. The book is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of an adventurous flight.

Who it’s for: Fans of memoirs, adventure seekers, and those interested in personal stories related to aviation.


8. “Airframe”

Author: Michael Crichton
Date of Publication: 1996

This thriller revolves around an investigation into a commercial airplane accident. While fictional, the book offers a detailed look into the aviation industry, covering aspects like safety protocols and corporate politics.

Who it’s for: Fans of thrillers, those interested in aviation safety, and readers who enjoy technical details.


9. “Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat”

Author: Dan Hampton
Date of Publication: 2012

This memoir provides a firsthand account of modern air combat. Written by a decorated F-16 pilot, the book offers an insider’s view into the life, challenges, and thrills of being a fighter pilot.

Who it’s for: Military enthusiasts, fans of memoirs, and those interested in modern air combat.


10. “The Flying Tigers”

Author: Sam Kleiner
Date of Publication: 2018

This book delves into the history of the American volunteer pilots who fought in China during World War II before the U.S. officially entered the war. It’s a tale of bravery, innovation, and the impact of aviation in warfare.

Who it’s for: Fans of World War II history, aviation enthusiasts, and those interested in military aviation.


11. “Wind, Sand and Stars”

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Date of Publication: 1939

This memoir by the author of “The Little Prince” recounts his experiences as an airmail pilot. The book is poetic and philosophical, offering deep reflections on the nature of adventure and the human spirit.

Who it’s for: Fans of literary works, those interested in the poetic aspects of flight, and history enthusiasts.


12. “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet”

Author: Brian Shul
Date of Publication: 1991

This book offers a firsthand account of flying the SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest jet. The author, a former pilot, provides technical details and personal anecdotes, making it a captivating read.

Who it’s for: Fans of military aviation, speed enthusiasts, and those interested in cutting-edge technology.


13. “West with the Night”

Author: Beryl Markham
Date of Publication: 1942

This autobiography recounts the life of Beryl Markham, a British-born Kenyan aviator. The book covers her adventures in Africa and her historic solo flight across the Atlantic from east to west.

Who it’s for: Fans of autobiographies, history enthusiasts, and those interested in pioneering women in aviation.


14. “Chickenhawk”

Author: Robert Mason
Date of Publication: 1983

This memoir provides an unflinching look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of a helicopter pilot. The book offers a detailed account of combat missions and the psychological toll of war.

Who it’s for: Military history enthusiasts, fans of memoirs, and those interested in the Vietnam War.


15. “The Cannibal Queen: A Flight Into the Heart of America”

Author: Stephen Coonts
Date of Publication: 1992

This book recounts the author’s journey flying a vintage Stearman biplane across America. It’s a lighthearted adventure story that also offers reflections on the American landscape and spirit.

Who it’s for: Adventure seekers, fans of travel literature, and general aviation enthusiasts.


16. “Flight to Arras”

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Date of Publication: 1942

This book is a wartime memoir that recounts a reconnaissance mission over the city of Arras during World War II. It blends elements of philosophy, human emotion, and the stark realities of war.

Who it’s for: History buffs, fans of philosophical works, and those interested in World War II aviation.


17. “The Right Stuff”

Author: Tom Wolfe
Date of Publication: 1979

This book focuses on the first seven astronauts selected for the United States’ Project Mercury. While not strictly about flight, it delves into the psychology and culture of those involved in high-risk endeavors like space travel.

Who it’s for: Space enthusiasts, fans of biographies, and those interested in the human aspects of risky ventures.


18. “Forever Flying: Fifty Years of High-Flying Adventures”

Author: Bob Hoover
Date of Publication: 1996

This autobiography recounts the life of Bob Hoover, a legendary pilot known for his aerobatic skills. The book covers his military service, test piloting, and air show performances.

Who it’s for: Fans of aerobatics, military aviation enthusiasts, and those interested in pilot biographies.


19. “A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II”

Author: Adam Makos
Date of Publication: 2012

This book tells the true story of a German fighter pilot who spared an American bomber crew during World War II. It’s a tale of chivalry and humanity amidst the horrors of war.

Who it’s for: World War II enthusiasts, fans of true stories, and those interested in the ethics of combat.


20. “The Killing Zone: How & Why Pilots Die”

Author: Paul A. Craig
Date of Publication: 2001

This book examines the common causes of fatal aircraft accidents and offers advice on how to avoid them. It’s a sobering look at the risks involved in flying and how to mitigate them.

Who it’s for: Pilots, aviation safety experts, and those interested in the realities of flight risks.


21. “Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her”

Author: Rowland White
Date of Publication: 2016

This book offers a detailed account of the first Space Shuttle mission, covering the technical challenges and human stories behind this groundbreaking event.

Who it’s for: Space enthusiasts, history buffs, and fans of technological achievements.


22. “The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels”

Author: Dan Hampton
Date of Publication: 2015

This book recounts the story of the Wild Weasels, the first squadron of pilots tasked with destroying enemy radar and surface-to-air missile sites during the Vietnam War.

Who it’s for: Military history enthusiasts, fans of combat stories, and those interested in electronic warfare.


23. “Flying the Alaska Wild: The Adventures and Misadventures of an Alaska Bush Pilot”

Author: Mort Mason
Date of Publication: 2009

This book offers a firsthand account of the challenges and adventures of being a bush pilot in Alaska. It’s a blend of humor, danger, and the unique lifestyle of flying in one of the world’s most challenging environments.

Who it’s for: Adventure seekers, fans of memoirs, and those interested in the unique aspects of aviation.


24. “The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War”

Author: A. J. Baime
Date of Publication: 2014

This book focuses on how Detroit’s automotive industry was transformed to produce bombers during World War II. It offers a unique perspective on the industrial aspects of aviation.

Who it’s for: History buffs, fans of industrial history, and those interested in World War II.


25. “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11”

Author: Garrett M. Graff
Date of Publication: 2019

This book provides an oral history of the events of 9/11, focusing on the experiences of pilots, air traffic controllers, and passengers. It’s a poignant look at a day that changed aviation and the world forever.

Who it’s for: Those interested in modern history, aviation security, and the human stories behind significant events.


26. “North Star Over My Shoulder: A Flying Life”

Author: Bob Buck
Date of Publication: 2002

This autobiography covers Bob Buck’s career, spanning from flying open-cockpit planes to jumbo jets. It’s a comprehensive look at the evolution of commercial aviation through the eyes of a pilot.

Who it’s for: Commercial aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, and fans of autobiographies.


27. “The Aviator’s Wife”

Author: Melanie Benjamin
Date of Publication: 2013

This historical fiction novel focuses on the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh. It offers a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of being closely related to an aviation pioneer.

Who it’s for: Fans of historical fiction, those interested in the personal lives of aviation pioneers.


28. “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base”

Author: Annie Jacobsen
Date of Publication: 2011

This book delves into the secretive world of Area 51, including its role in testing advanced aircraft. It’s a comprehensive look at one of the most mysterious places associated with aviation.

Who it’s for: Fans of military history, UFOs and UAP, and those interested in secretive government projects.


29. “The Flight: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing”

Author: Dan Hampton
Date of Publication: 2017

This book offers another perspective on Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight, focusing on the technical and physical challenges he faced.

Who it’s for: Aviation history enthusiasts, fans of adventure stories, and those interested in early aviation technology.


30. “First Light: The Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies Above Britain”

Author: Geoffrey Wellum
Date of Publication: 2002

This memoir recounts the experiences of a young Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain. It’s a poignant look at the realities of war and the courage of youth.

Who it’s for: World War II enthusiasts, fans of memoirs, and those interested in the human aspects of war.


31. “The Big Show: The Classic Account of WWII Aerial Combat”

Author: Pierre Clostermann
Date of Publication: 1951

This book is a firsthand account of air combat during World War II, written by a Free French fighter ace. It offers a detailed look at the tactics, challenges, and emotions involved in aerial warfare.

Who it’s for: Military history buffs, fans of combat stories, and those interested in World War II.


32. “The Red Eagles: America’s Secret MiGs”

Author: Steve Davies
Date of Publication: 2008

This book reveals the story of how the U.S. Air Force secretly acquired and flew Russian MiGs during the Cold War. It’s a fascinating look at covert operations and military aviation.

Who it’s for: Fans of military history, those interested in Cold War aviation, and readers who enjoy espionage stories.


33. “Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson”

Author: William Langewiesche
Date of Publication: 2009

This book examines the “Miracle on the Hudson,” where Captain Sully Sullenberger safely landed a plane on the Hudson River. It explores the role of modern aviation technology in the event.

Who it’s for: Fans of modern aviation, those interested in aviation safety, and readers who enjoy real-life drama.


34. “The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator”

Author: Truman Smith
Date of Publication: 2001

This memoir recounts the experiences of an 8th Air Force pilot during World War II. It offers a candid look at the challenges, mistakes, and lessons learned during aerial combat.

Who it’s for: World War II enthusiasts, fans of memoirs, and those interested in the realities of air combat.


35. “The Airman and the Carpenter: The Lindbergh Kidnapping and the Framing of Richard Hauptmann”

Author: Ludovic Kennedy
Date of Publication: 1985

This book delves into the infamous Lindbergh kidnapping case, offering a detailed look at the investigation and trial that followed. It’s a different angle on the life of one of aviation’s most iconic figures.

Who it’s for: True crime fans, history buffs, and those interested in the personal lives of aviation pioneers.


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36. “The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot”

Author: Robert Morgan
Date of Publication: 2001

This memoir recounts the experiences of the pilot of the Memphis Belle, one of the first B-17s to complete 25 missions over Europe during World War II.

Who it’s for: World War II enthusiasts, fans of memoirs, and those interested in the history of bomber aircraft.


37. “Apollo 13”

Author: Jeffrey Kluger and James Lovell
Date of Publication: 1994

Though not strictly about airplanes, this book recounts the harrowing mission of Apollo 13, offering insights into the challenges and solutions associated with air and space travel.

Who it’s for: Space enthusiasts, fans of real-life drama, and those interested in problem-solving under pressure.


38. “The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary”

Author: Jacky Hyams
Date of Publication: 2012

This book highlights the contributions of female pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. It’s a tribute to the often-overlooked heroines of aviation history.

Who it’s for: Fans of women’s history, World War II enthusiasts, and those interested in the social aspects of aviation.


39. “The Blue Max”

Author: Jack D. Hunter
Date of Publication: 1964

This novel is set during World War I and follows a German fighter pilot obsessed with earning the Blue Max, Germany’s highest aviation medal. It’s a tale of ambition, rivalry, and the ethics of war.

Who it’s for: Fans of historical fiction, those interested in World War I aviation, and readers who enjoy character-driven stories.


40. “The Hot Seat: Reflections on Diplomacy from Stalin’s Death to the Bali Bombings”

Author: Richard Woolcott
Date of Publication: 2003

Though primarily a book on diplomacy, it includes the author’s experiences as a pilot, offering a unique perspective on international relations from the air.

Who it’s for: Fans of political history, those interested in international relations, and readers who enjoy unique perspectives.


41. “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942-1945”

Author: Randall Hansen
Date of Publication: 2008

This book offers a comprehensive look at the Allied bombing campaign against Germany during World War II, examining the ethical and strategic aspects of the operation.

Who it’s for: World War II enthusiasts, military history buffs, and those interested in the ethics of warfare.


42. “The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart”

Author: Mary S. Lovell
Date of Publication: 1989

This biography offers a detailed look at the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, one of aviation’s most iconic figures.

Who it’s for: Fans of biographies, history buffs, and those interested in pioneering women in aviation.


43. “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War”

Author: Robert Coram
Date of Publication: 2002

This biography focuses on John Boyd, a fighter pilot whose theories revolutionized the U.S. military’s understanding of strategy and warfare.

Who it’s for: Military enthusiasts, fans of biographies, and those interested in military strategy.


44. “The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany”
Date of Publication: 2001

This book recounts the experiences of the men who flew B-24 bombers over Germany during World War II, offering a detailed look at the challenges and heroism of these young pilots.

Who it’s for: World War II enthusiasts, fans of military history, and those interested in the human aspects of war.


45. “The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story”

Author: Lily Koppel
Date of Publication: 2013

This book focuses on the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, offering a unique perspective on the space race and the challenges faced by these women.

Who it’s for: Fans of social history, those interested in the space race, and readers who enjoy unique perspectives.


46. “Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot’s Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War”

Author: John T. Halliday
Date of Publication: 2005

This memoir offers a firsthand account of covert missions over Laos during the Vietnam War, providing a unique look at a lesser-known aspect of the conflict.

Who it’s for: Fans of military history, those interested in covert operations, and readers who enjoy real-life adventure stories.


47. “The Aviators: Brotherhood of War”

Author: W.E.B. Griffin
Date of Publication: 1988

This novel is part of a series that focuses on the lives of military aviators, offering a blend of historical facts and fictional storytelling.

Who it’s for: Fans of historical fiction, military enthusiasts, and those interested in the camaraderie among pilots.


48. “The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour”

Author: Andrei Cherny
Date of Publication: 2008

This book recounts the Berlin Airlift, one of the largest humanitarian missions in history. It offers a detailed look at the logistics and challenges involved in this monumental effort.

Who it’s for: History buffs, fans of humanitarian stories, and those interested in Cold War history.


49. “The Red Baron: The Life and Legacy of Manfred von Richthofen”

Author: Manfred Von Richthofen
Date of Publication: 1969

This autobiography offers insights into the life of the Red Baron, one of the most famous fighter pilots of World War I.

Who it’s for: Fans of biographies, World War I enthusiasts, and those interested in the legends of aviation.


50. “The Airline Builders”

Author: Oliver E. Allen
Date of Publication: 1981

This book offers a comprehensive history of the airline industry, from its inception to its modern form, focusing on the entrepreneurs and innovations that shaped it.

Who it’s for: Fans of industrial history, those interested in the business aspects of aviation, and readers who enjoy stories of innovation.


51. “The Fun of It”

Author: Amelia Earhart
Date of Publication: 1932

This autobiography by Amelia Earhart covers her early years in aviation and her passion for flying. It’s a firsthand account from one of aviation’s most iconic figures.

Who it’s for: Fans of autobiographies, history buffs, and those interested in pioneering women in aviation.


52. “A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam”

Author: Marshall Harrison
Date of Publication: 1989

This memoir offers an inside look at the role of a Forward Air Controller during the Vietnam War, providing a unique perspective on air combat.

Who it’s for: Military history enthusiasts, fans of memoirs, and those interested in the Vietnam War.


53. “The Airman’s Odyssey”

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Date of Publication: 1939

This is a compilation of three of Saint-Exupéry’s most famous works, offering philosophical insights into the world of aviation.

Who it’s for: Fans of literary works, those interested in the poetic and philosophical aspects of flight.


54. “The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon”

Author: Victoria Vantoch
Date of Publication: 2013

This book explores the cultural impact of airline stewardesses during the golden age of air travel, focusing on how they became American icons.

Who it’s for: Fans of social history, those interested in the golden age of aviation, and readers who enjoy cultural studies.


55. “Sky Roads of the World”

Author: Amy Johnson
Date of Publication: 1939

This autobiography recounts the flying adventures of Amy Johnson, one of the first female pilots to gain international fame.

Who it’s for: Fans of autobiographies, history enthusiasts, and those interested in pioneering women in aviation.


56. “Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her”

Author: Rowland White
Date of Publication: 2016

This book provides an in-depth look at the first flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia, exploring the technical challenges, the astronauts who flew her, and the monumental effort it took to get the shuttle into space.

Who it’s for: Space enthusiasts, fans of modern history, and those interested in the human stories behind technological achievements.


57. “The Air Up There: More Great Quotations on Flight”

Author: Dave English
Date of Publication: 2003

This book is a compilation of famous quotes about flight, offering a variety of perspectives on the joys and challenges of aviation.

Who it’s for: Fans of inspirational quotes, aviation enthusiasts, and those who enjoy philosophical musings.


58. “The Bird is on the Wing: Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane”

Author: James R. Hansen
Date of Publication: 2004

This book offers a detailed look at the aerodynamic developments that have shaped American aviation, from the Wright brothers to modern jets.

Who it’s for: Aviation engineers, history buffs, and those interested in the technical aspects of flight.


59. “The Flying Tigers”

Author: Daniel Ford
Date of Publication: 1991

This book recounts the story of the American volunteer pilots who flew for China in the early years of World War II.

Who it’s for: Military history enthusiasts, fans of World War II stories, and those interested in volunteer military service.


60. “The Airline Training Pilot”

Author: Tony Smallwood
Date of Publication: 2008

This book offers insights into the role and responsibilities of training pilots in the airline industry, providing a unique perspective on aviation education.

Who it’s for: Aspiring pilots, aviation educators, and those interested in the training aspects of aviation.


61. “The Wright Way: 7 Problem-Solving Principles from the Wright Brothers”

Author: Mark Eppler
Date of Publication: 2003

This book explores the problem-solving techniques employed by the Wright brothers, offering practical lessons for modern-day challenges.

Who it’s for: Fans of innovation, those interested in problem-solving techniques, and readers who enjoy learning from historical figures.


62. “The Airline Business”

Author: Rigas Doganis
Date of Publication: 2005

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the economics and challenges of the airline industry, offering insights into its business aspects.

Who it’s for: Business students, aviation professionals, and those interested in the economics of the airline industry.


63. “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History”

Author: Keith O’Brien
Date of Publication: 2018

This book recounts the stories of five pioneering women aviators who broke barriers in the early 20th century.

Who it’s for: Fans of women’s history, aviation enthusiasts, and those interested in social change.


64. “Flyboys: A True Story of Courage”

Author: James Bradley
Date of Publication: 2003

This book recounts the story of American airmen who were shot down over the Pacific during World War II. It delves into the lives of these young men, their training, missions, and the ultimate sacrifices they made.

Who it’s for: Fans of military history, those interested in World War II, and readers who appreciate stories of courage and sacrifice.


65. “Coffee, Tea or Me? The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses”

Author: Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones
Date of Publication: 1967

This book is a lighthearted memoir that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the life of airline stewardesses during the golden age of air travel. It’s filled with amusing anecdotes, romantic escapades, and the challenges and joys of being a flight attendant during a bygone era.

Who it’s for: Those interested in the history of air travel, fans of memoirs, and readers who enjoy tales of adventure and romance in a professional setting.


66. “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet”

Author: Brian Shul
Date of Publication: 1991

This book offers a firsthand account of flying the SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest jet, providing insights into the life of a military pilot.

Who it’s for: Aviation enthusiasts, military history fans, and those interested in cutting-edge technology.


67. “Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed”

Author: Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos
Date of Publication: 1994

This memoir provides an insider’s account of Lockheed’s secret Skunk Works program, responsible for developing groundbreaking aircraft like the U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, and F-117 Nighthawk. It offers a detailed look at the challenges, innovations, and secrecy surrounding these iconic planes.

Who it’s for: Fans of military history, aviation technology enthusiasts, and those interested in the development of secret military aircraft.


68. “Flight of Passage”

Author: Rinker Buck
Date of Publication: 1997

This memoir recounts the author’s cross-country flight in a Piper Cub, offering a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of aviation.

Who it’s for: Fans of memoirs, aviation enthusiasts, and those interested in personal journeys.


69. “The Airline Transport Pilot’s Career Guide”

Author: Paul A. Craig
Date of Publication: 2010

This book serves as a career guide for aspiring airline transport pilots, offering advice on job searches, interviews, and career progression.

Who it’s for: Aspiring airline pilots, aviation career counselors, and those interested in aviation as a profession.


70. “The Airline Transport Pilot’s License”

Author: Phil Croucher
Date of Publication: 2006

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the airline transport pilot’s license, including the requirements, examinations, and privileges associated with it.

Who it’s for: Aspiring airline pilots, aviation educators, and those interested in advanced pilot licensing.


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FAQ About Books on Aircraft & Reading While Flying

1. Is it safe to read electronic devices during takeoff and landing?

Answer: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other international aviation authorities generally allow the use of electronic devices like e-readers in “airplane mode” during all phases of flight, including takeoff and landing. However, it’s essential to follow the specific guidelines provided by the airline you’re flying with.


2. Can I bring physical books in my carry-on luggage?

Answer: Yes, you can bring physical books in your carry-on luggage. There are generally no restrictions on the number of books you can carry, but keep in mind the weight and size limitations of your luggage.


3. Is the lighting sufficient for reading?

Answer: Most modern aircraft are equipped with adjustable reading lights in the passenger cabin. However, the quality of lighting can vary, so you may want to bring a small, portable reading light if you plan to read for an extended period.


4. Will reading during a flight cause motion sickness?

Answer: Some people are prone to motion sickness while reading in moving vehicles, including airplanes. If you’re one of them, it may be best to avoid reading during turbulent conditions. Focus on the horizon or close your eyes to alleviate symptoms.


5. Are there any restrictions on the type of content I can read?

Answer: There are generally no restrictions on the type of content you can read on a flight. However, it’s advisable to be considerate of other passengers when reading material that could be considered sensitive or inappropriate.


6. Can I borrow or buy books on the plane?

Answer: Some airlines offer in-flight entertainment systems that include a selection of e-books. However, physical book sales or lending services are generally not available on board. It’s best to bring your reading material with you.


7. Is it better to read a physical book or an e-reader on a flight?

Answer: The choice between a physical book and an e-reader is largely a matter of personal preference. E-readers have the advantage of storing multiple books in one device, while physical books don’t require battery power. Consider your own comfort and convenience when making your choice.


8. How can I prevent eye strain while reading on a flight?

Answer: To prevent eye strain, make sure to take regular breaks from reading, focus on distant objects periodically, and blink frequently. Adequate lighting and adjusting the text size on your e-reader can also help.


9. Can I read during meal service?

Answer: Yes, you can read during meal service, but you may find it inconvenient due to the limited space and the need to manage your food and drink. It might be a good time to take a break from reading.


10. Are audiobooks a good alternative for reading on a flight?

Answer: Audiobooks can be an excellent alternative, especially if you’re prone to motion sickness while reading. Just make sure to keep the volume at a level that won’t disturb other passengers and to use headphones.

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