Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
by Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos
Chuck Yeager is one of the great aviatiors - and this is a great book.
A fascinating tale of a man who started in the ranks at 18, in 1941, and
retired nearly 35 years later a Brigadier General. He was a man who
truly had "The Right Stuff" - during his extraordinary career he was a
WWII ace, he broke the sound barrier for the first time, and flew numerous
missions in Vietnam. This is a book for pilots, by one of the best there
ever was. Db.
by Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
Janos does it again with this absolutely fascinating account of the
development of such aviation landmarks as the U2, the Blackbird SR-71 and
Listed under Skunk Works
Biplane by Richard Bach
I recall the first time someone recommended a Bach book to me - I replied,
somewhat surprised, "You mean the Seagull bloke? I didn't know he could
fly!" I laugh about that now - Bach is a great aviator, and a wonderful
author. I doubt very much that he's ever written a bad book - even his
first book, which is now almost unknown (Stranger
to the Ground), was an enthralling tale of airmanship. And this one's
another. He flys a 1929 biplane across the United States and tells us just
what it's like to recapture the feeling of flight one gets from such a
machine - and much more besides. Richard Bach is quite a philosopher. I
think you'll like this book, and if you've not read his work before, you're
in for a delightful surprise. More Bach books
by Tom Wolfe
Another tour de force from the brilliant mind of one of the twentieth
century's more enduring authors. Db
by Roald Dahl
The fascinating story of Roald Dahl's life continues in Going Solo,
a marvelous evocation of the author's wartime exploits. As a pilot in World
War II, Roald Dahl had some wonderfully exciting - and frighteningly near-death
- experiences including encounters with the enemy, battles with deadly
snakes, and incredible dogfights. Told with the same irresistible appeal
that has made Dahl one of the world's best-loved writers, Going Solo
brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this brilliant
man. This is part two of his autobiography - the first part is "Boy".
Over to You : Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying
by Roald Dahl
This book contains stories the likes of which you've not read before.
From hilarious to hair-raising, he tells tales (true, apparently) which
will leave you in wonder at the world in which we live.
Len Deighton has written
many books on aviation, including "Fighter" and "Bomber", both of which
I regard as classics. These books are back in print.
One of the greatest books of the Second World War, highly recommended.
Fate Is the Hunter
by Ernest K Gann
Ernest K Gann is the author of many fascinating books, most of which
are out of print. This is the story of his days as a pilot during
the early years of the airlines, years during which he lost many of his
The Lonely Sea and the Sky
by Francis Chichester
Chichester is quite famous as a yachtsman, but relatively unknown as
a pilot. His adventures (and misadventures) in aviation put him in the
league of the great pioneers.
by Robert C. Mason
An extraordinary book by a veteran
of 1000 helicopter missions in Vietnam. Read
by James Salter
Paperback from Counterpoint Press
See also: Classics of War
- Recommended Military Books