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If You Are an Aircraft Enthusiast, These Books on Aircraft Are Must-reads – 4 through 7

We gave you our top 3 books on aircraft that every aircraft enthusiast should read. Here are the final 4 in our top 7. Happy reading and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

covington-aircraft-books-on-aircraftSquawk 7700, by Peter Buffington, self-published.

This amazing book is the personal account of the author’s career as a pilot, including his early days of learning to fly, and the sacrifices, focus and emotions of being a young aviator.  If you are thinking about a career in aviation, or if you fly on airlines, this is a must-read.  This book is endorsed by Jeff Skiles, who was the first officer on U.S. Airways Flight 1549 which ditched in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.

Aviation’s Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Winged Wonders, Lucky Landings, and Other Aerial Oddities, by Steven A. Ruffins, Potomac Books, Inc.

books-on-aircraft-covington-aircraft-22Besides having one of the longest titles in history, this book is a compilation of top 10 lists about aviation oddities and wonders.  For example, Will Rogers died in a plane crash in Barrow, Alaska.  At the time of the crash, he was working on an article.  The last word he typed was “death.”  This book is full of interesting, fun and bizarre history and facts, making it a must-have for any aviation buff.

The Cannibal Queen, by Stephen Coonts, Pocket Books.

Stephen Coonts is known for several books about flying.  To his credit are such well-known classics as Flight of the Intruder, Under Siege and Cuba.  In The Cannibal Queen, he turns from fiction to storytelling in this tale of flight that takes place in 1991.  It is the story of flying across the United States and touching down in each of the 48 contiguous states in a 1942 Stearman vintage biplane.  Upon completion of the book, it is highly recommended that one take a cross country flight… somewhere.  This work is magical to read and masterfully written.  Aviation enthusiasts will want to read it again and again to experience the flight.

Johnathon Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, Macmillan.

No writing of books on aircraft would be complete without mentioning Richard Bach.  Picking one of his books to mention above the others is a difficult task.  The book chosen was chosen as it is about flying, perhaps not in a craft, but the pursuit of excellence in doing what the main character was meant to do.  Nothing this writer knows could be more descriptive of the spirit of an aviator.  The story is about a seagull that learns to fly faster than any other.  At first it is to dive deeper into the water to catch the bigger fish, but as he continues to perfect his craft, it becomes the art of the performance that is paramount.  This is another magical read for an aviator of any age.

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If You Are an Aircraft Enthusiast, These Books on Aircraft Are Must-reads – Top 3 of 7

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.

books-on-aircraft-covington-aircraftAir Crashes: What Went Wrong, Why and What Can Be Done About It, by Richard L. Collins, Thomasson Grant.

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!