What is your favorite aviation book?

Mine is ‘Stick and Rudder’. It is about how planes fly and how to fly them. It’s an ‘explination of the art of flying’. The Author is Wolfgang Langewiesche.



These are my own pictures btw.

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It was written in 1944 but loads of it is still relevant for flying today. It was renewed in 1972 by Wolfgang Langewiesche.

Edit: You can actually test his facts in the Infinite Flight Simulator!

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Sharper Edge Solutions, the whole series

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Ooo, I love a good book. I really enjoyed Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing. Gives a great insight into Boeing’s culture.

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ok wow well then…

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“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

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Yoooo that’s my favorite too! Right up there with “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” by Laura Numeroff. Taught me how to land a 747.

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Classic, read it every night before bed


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what’s the Aviation aspect?

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Anyway, mine is “To Rise From Earth” by Wayne Lee, despite it not being an aviation book

I’ve read pretty much no aviation-related books, but I can safely say pretty much nothing beats Caixa Preta, by Ivan Sant’Anna. It features the disasters of VARIG 820, VASP 375 and VARIG 254 in a level of detail I haven’t seen (and probably won’t see) anywhere else. You really feel like you’re on the planes in question, both in the cockpit and the passenger cabin. I would absolutely recommend everyone to read it at some point if it wasn"t for one minor inconvenience: I don’t think an English version of this book exists.

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This is my favorite book…

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That’s a good one. Nice light bedtime reading, calms the mind before a good night’s sleep.

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Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane

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Definitely Unbroken.
(I guess it’s aviation)

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Certainly not the lightest book, but a good one nonetheless.

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The First and the Last, Adolf Galland’s (Luftwaffe’s General der Jagdflieger after Werner Mölders died) autobiography. Very interesting book.

PD: If you wish to read Stick and Rudder, here’s a download link for a PDF version:

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Wow, thanks for all of the replies!

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