Popular Books on Aviation History

 

Man has always been fond of flying. From the days of hunter gatherer to the modern times, humans have always looked at birds with great awe and a bit of jealousy for their ability to fly. As humans aren’t blessed with wings, we decided to create our own machines that could fly. And so, aviation was born. Aviation has been with us since ages and in that time it has evolved and advanced to a great extent. Now we have machines that could fly faster than the speed of sound which couldn’t even be imagined few centuries back. The airplanes of today could traverse the ocean in just a few hours which took few months in the past, such has been the pace of development. The fastest airplane today could fly at 15 times the speed of sound which is almost unbelievable.

The study in the field has been so immense that it’s hard to confine into one book. There are however many writers who have taken this challenge and have succeeded as well. This article will list ten of those books that are the best for studying aviation. Here are the 10 most popular books on aviation.

The following list of books contains the best of aviation. These books are not just informative but also pretty fun to read.

Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival

A narration of real aviation disaster in which a very minor flaw lead to a major disaster and took life of more than 150 people on board.

Read it For:
This book is recommended if you support that human is superior to the technology and believe in heroism.
Don't Read it For:
It is not recommended for you if you are not interested in drama genre or scientific research
What makes this book stand out?:
The step by step narration of whole situation and the right amount of drama is what makes this book a masterpiece of its time

Flight: 100 Years of Aviation

As indicated by the name, this book tells the advancement in the aircrafts and related technology from when the Wright Brothers invented it to its 100 years.

Read it For:
If you are curious about the advancements that took place in the aviation history and how much effort it took.
Don't Read it For:
If you are interested in the uses of technology more than its history, then this book is not meant for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The narration of the author as if he was there when all the advancements took place is incredible.

Jet City Rewind: Aviation History of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest

The book Jet City Rewind is a complete guide of how the flights started at Seattle and Pacific Northwest and what events took place there throughout the aviation history.

Read it For:
This book is highly recommended for those who are interested in
Don't Read it For:
If you are interested in global aviation history more than only
What makes this book stand out?:
The book describes the exact location of all

Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight

This book is deep insight about how America marked its trajectory in aviation and space and how well did the self-taught pilots do in the air.

Read it For:
The testimonies of eye witnesses take people to the moment when everything would have been happening.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not recommended if you are looking for tragedy and drama in aviation history or you are not interested about the pilots of the early flights in America.
What makes this book stand out?:
The real photographs and statements of witnesses make you believe that everything written in the book is truth.
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Sky as Frontier: Adventure, Aviation, and Empire

This book covers the history of aviation and how it changed the history of America over a century.

Read it For:
The book is highly recommended if you would like to know airplanes’ invention turned America into the super power that it is today.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not recommended if you don`t have much interest in aviation history.
What makes this book stand out?:
It stands out for the impact aviation had on American life and lead to the emergence of America as the most powerful nation.

Convair B-36: A Comprehensive History of Americas Big Stick

This book Convair B-36: A Comprehensive History of America's "Big Stick" describes about the massive B-36 used in SAC with details covering technical and historical aspects.

Read it For:
You would love this book if you have ever been fascinated by the massive airplane bombers
Don't Read it For:
The book is not recommended if you don`t have much interest in bomber airplanes.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is an account of historical events from the people who flew B-36 and served in SAC.

 

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