|North Star Over My Shoulder....what a great
title for a book. And indeed, a very good book. I loved it. Bob Buck is
the same age as my father would have been had he lived as long. Bob tells
of his airline career in a manner that you feel as thou you were there and
experienced everything he had. I will say it again....I loved this book.
My buddy, Pete Fusco wrote a book. That in itself is a feat....however it was one of the funniest books I have ever read. Maybe because I was part of the life and times Pete wrote about. In 1965, Pete and I were classmates, and roommates at Zantop Air Transport. We flew the C-46 and lived to tell about it........and Pete did! Great Book!
From Worst to First is a good study to run any company. When I started reading this book, I saw that it is the blueprint that TWA is using in their turnaround. I have great confidence that it will work.
Since I have been in Aviation a few years,(a pilot for 37, airlines for 33) and read a few good Aviation books, I would like to recommend some for you to purchase. In association with Amazon.com Books I am pleased to present the list below.
Yeager: An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos
I spent an evening with Chuck Yeager in 1986 and he autographed my copy of this book. That doesn't make it a great book in itself, however Chuck Yeager is a hero of mine, and rightly so. In 1941 at the age of 18 he joined the Army Air Corps, in 1975 he retired from the Air Force as a brigadier general. In that time he flew 183 types of aircraft, was a WWII ace, became the first man to break the sound barrier as a test pilot in 1947, and flew 127 missions in South Vietnam. Chuck is a "Pilots Pilot". This is a great book about a great pilot IMHO.
Biplane by Richard Bach
If only I were a writer and wrote a book about each
time I crossed America in an airplane.....
Flying The Big Jets by Stanley Stewart
I read this book in its first edition back in my early jet days and I loved it. It gave me some insight into what was different about jets from the piston airplanes I was flying. It still stands as a benchmark to new and aspiring jet pilots. Its easy to understand....I recommend it.
Stick And Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche
Part of the title says "An Explanation Of The Art Of Flying". That sums it up. This book has been in print since 1944. It shows what a pilot does when he flies, how he does it, and why. A classic that should be on every pilots bookshelf....I recommend it.
When Airlines Went To War by Robert J Serling
I have not read this book as yet, however anything Serling wrote that I have read has been great. All the ones I read Are out of print now otherwise I would have posted them.
Forever Flying by Bob Hoover
If you have ever seen Bob fly at one of his zillion airshows performances over the past few decades I don't have to say anymore. Bob is a true "Pilots Pilot".....great book!
Rod, being a friend of mine I felt obligated to put his books here...<g> Not really, they are great books! Rod takes a sometimes dry subject, and with his sense of humor makes it FUN. I highly recommend these books over all the others of the same subject.
Some others that look interesting to me that I will read in the future are:
I will be adding more books in the future...Smilin' Jack Irwin
Amazon.com is pleased to
have Smilin' Jack's Airport in the family of Amazon.com associates. We've
agreed to ship books and provide customer service for orders we receive through
special links on Smilin' Jack's Airport.
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