This preferred reading for aviation aficionados is not restricted to pilots. Layman will have fun with these books as well. WARNING: many of these storys read like fiction and they will spike your blood pressure as you venture of into the wild blue vicariously. Also, readers could encounter “light chop” in the form of vignettes relating decadence and debauchery
- There I Wuz by Eric (Cap ‘n Aux) Auxier. Cap ‘n Aux is a creative writer and capitalizes on his many aviation experiences to create a book that must be regarded as a “fun read.” Available as eBook and paperback at Amazon http://amzn.to/1AILl1T.
- Moondogs Academy of the Air and Other Disasters by Pete Fusco http://amzn.to/1Qml6jy; His coverage of the C-46 flying at Zantop is a must read or all pilots (this theme is also covered in The Rogue Aviator). The reader will have difficulty that this is actually a non-fiction book. It is filled with implausible aviation anecdotes.
- Falling to Earthby Al Worden: A memoir of an astronaut who went from a small farm in Michigan to become the first man ever to venture to the back side of the moon as the Apollo 15 command module pilot. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1FJxW61.
- Fighter Pilot(Robin Olds) with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus: A must read for every current or ex-military person, particularly any pilot from the Vietnam War era. The story of an iconic fighter pilot who was a heroic and courageous leader. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vgIKaz.
- Rules of Engagementby Joe Weber: This book complements Fighter Pilot. It is Tom Clancy-like fiction, since it is laced with reality. The primary theme of a free-spirited Marine fighter pilot during the air war over Vietnam is complemented with a poignant love story; available at http://bit.ly/1CBtBFK.
- The Rogue Aviatorby Ace Abbott: A memoir of an adventuresome, maverick pilot who experienced a radical roller-coaster-like ride through a diversified aviation career; filled with entertaining and implausible aviation anecdotes, as well as an insider’s look at commercial aviation. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1tHUaid, or http://therogueaviator.com/.
- Cruising Altitude: Tales of Crash Pads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet by Heather Poole: As the title reveals, this book relates many radical anecdotes of craziness in the cabin, and provides insight into the multifaceted drama that can occur in the cabin of a passenger airplane. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1yep9sy.
- Chuck Yeager– An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager; This story of the renowned test pilot will take you way beyond the speed of sound and into the world of swashbuckling fighter pilots and test pilots. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vFuvfi.
- Area 51by Annie Jacobsen: This well researched book will provide revelations about the famed top-secret “black-area” in the Nevada desert. It will clear up some misconceptions about aliens while revealing insight into the depth of the level of energy and effort by the U.S. government into the development and use of spy planes, such as the SR 71 “Blackbird.” Amazon: http://amzn.to/1FJBDbQ.
- The Darkest Mission by Rick Burton; This well-researched spy-vs-spy thriller was very well researched and contains troves of information derived from the real world of international espionage. The primary narrative revolves around a WW II B-17 crew that was shot down over enemy territory; an adrenalin-pumper from start to finish. Available at http://amzn.to/1pMIyiA.
- An Extraordinary Life-Gone To The Dogs by Lisa Weiss; A powerfully poignant non-fiction account of a Jewish B-24 pilot who was shot down over France and captured by the Germans. Protagonist Irwin Stovroff relates his experiences as a POW and provides unique insight into the nuanced relationships of POWs and their colleagues as well as their captors. Irwin’s yeoman humanitarian efforts toward American Veterans is the glorious outcome of his improbable survival. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zdLuEZ.
- Squawk 7700 by Peter Buffington; This autobiography relates the trials and tribulations of life as a commuter/regional carrier pilot who reveals his very unpalatable training experience as a co-pilot for American Eagle airlines. This book functions as an expose’ of the underpaid and overworked commuter pilots in the U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1w0DzgV.
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; This World War II aviation bestseller is a story of survival, resilience, and redemption. It is available wherever books are sole. Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wjWRx.
All of these books are available at Amazon as well as other book selling entities; and most are available as e-books.
This blog is prepared by retired commercial pilot Allen Morris, aka Ace Abbott; for access to his books and web talk radio show, see his entire website at: http://therogueaviator.com/.