There are many, many books about aviation.
There are basically two kinds of books on aircraft. The first kind will show things about aviation, the planes, the equipment, the pilots, etc. These are often jam-packed with information about each item. These books will often list many details about each plane, range, horsepower, GTW, etc. There are books about planes in general, war planes, historical planes, strange and unique planes, to list a few. The other type of aviation book is about flying. It may include details about a plane, but it is the story or stories about flying that help the reader to experience what the subject person in the book is experiencing. Here are our first 3 of 7 books we will recommend in our 2 part series of books all aircraft enthusiasts should read! Feel free to tell us yours in the comment section below and tune in for the next 4!
Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: FAA-H-8083-25A (FAA Handbooks), Federal Aviation Staff, United States Government.
This is the official handbook published by the FAA as reference source for the FAA Knowledge Exams. If you are a pilot, or aspire to be a pilot, everything you need to know for beginner and advanced licensing is contained in this book (or if you know a Pilot this would be a fantastic gift for them). Some topics covered are the history of aviation, principles of flight, aircraft and engine structures, charts and graphs, performance calculations, weather theory, reports, forecasts and flight manuals.
Flight: 100 Years of Aviation, by R. G. Grant, D.H. Publishing.
If you want to know almost anything about the history of aviation, from the early pioneers to the latest in spaceflight, this is the book that will have it. It even carries the endorsement of the Smithsonian Institute. This book contains many great pictures and lots of information.
Thomas Edison once said, “We now know a thousand ways not to build a light bulb.” Knowing what is wrong can go a great distance to knowing what is right. The examination of aviation accident scenes can help pilots to understand why airplanes crash and how to avoid repeating those mistakes.
Again, these are only the first three of seven we will recommend from the folks here at Covington Aircraft. Let us know your favorite books about aviation to read below in the comments! Thanks and Happy Flying!