Here is what is on my book shelf
What's on your shelf?

A Man on the Moon

Andrew

Chaikin

What it took to put Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Air Force Technical Order C-141-B-1

U S Air Force

Curious about what the POH for an Air Force cargo
 plane looks like?  Try this. (Contact me if you want
 the copy.  It is not available in print.)

Alaska's Sky Follies

Joe

Rychetknik

The funny side of flying in the far north

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Chris

Hadfield

What if your dream is to be an astronaut, but you
 live in a country that does not have a space program?
  And, after having the good fortune to live that dream,
 how does that relate to life on earth?

Another Great Day at Sea -
Life Aboard the USS George HW Bush

Geoff

Dyer

I am a sucker for books about fast planes and aircraft carriers.

Arsenal of Democracy - FDR, Detroit,
and the epic quest to arm an America
 at war

A J

Baime

So just how did go from being a nation with no military
 to one that turned out tons of ships, planes and tanks every day?

Atlantic Fever " Lindbergh, His
Competitors, and the Race to Cross the
 Atlantic" 

Joe

Jackson

When Charles Lindberg decided to try to make his Atlantic
Ocean crossing, he had a lot of company.  Who were they? 
And why did they fail?

Chasing Icarus - the 17 days in
 1910 that changed
American aviation

Gavin

Mortimer

Here is a short slice of time that we don't dwell on. 
But were Americans excited about in the fall of 1910?

Clash of Wings

Walter J.

Boyne

World War II in the Air, by the former director of the
Air & Space Smithsonian 

Da Nang Diary

Tom

Yarborough

I used to listen to these guys on the radio when I was
flying over Viet Nam. This is what the "Covey" guys
were doing down in the bushes in Viet Nam,  Cambodia,
 and Laos. - Chris

Dead Men Flying

Pat

Brady

The story of "Dustoff", the army helicopter unit that
brought the wounded back from the Viet Nam battlefields.

Dragonfly

Bryan

Burrough

Aboard the MIR

Ernest K. Gann's Flying Circus

Ernest K.

Gann

A collection of historical essays of the early days of flying

Experiences of the War - The American
 Airman in Europe

Roger A.

Freeman

Stories from the crews of the 8th Air Force in England

Fate is the Hunter

Ernest K.

Gann

Gann's first, and best, "autobiography" Flying in the 30's

Father Goose

Bill

Lishman

Flying with the geese in an ultralight

Flight of Passage

Rinker

Buck

True story of two teen-age boys who rebuild a J-3 Cub and
 fly it across the country

Flight of the Phoenix

Elleston

Trevor

When you make a forced landing in the desert, you have
 three choices - Walk 200 miles to the nearest oasis, die,
 or build a new airplane out of what is left

Flying Carpet

Richard

Halliburton

The 1930s. Adventurer, storyteller, Richard Halliburtan
decides to buy a Stearman and fly across Europe and Asia.
 He has never flown an airplane, but what an adventure
 this could be.

Forever Flying -
Fifty Years of High-
Flying Adventures

Bob

Hoover

I knew of Bob Hoover as the epitome of exhibition pilots. 
But until I read his  autobiography I was not aware of his years
as a military and civilian test pilot,or just about everyone you
ever heard of in aviation.  This book just feels like you are
 sitting with him in a small social gathering, hearing him spin stories.

Frozen in Time - an epic story of
survival and modern quest for
 lost heroes of WW II

Mitchell

Zuckoff

Ever think about making the flight from the US to Europe?
 In winter? Without today's GPS systems?  Here is the story
of a crew who tried it, and the years it took to bring the aircraft back

Gentlemen of Adventrue

Ernest K.

Gann

A novel of the early days of aviation

High Flyers

Fopp

Michael

30 Reminiscences celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the RAF

Higher Call

Adam

Makos

True story - B-17 coming off of a bombing run, damaged beyond
 belief, and escorted to a safe haven by Luftwaffe pilot.  And
the lifelong friendship that followed.

I Could Never Be So Lucky Again

Jimmy

Doolittle

An autobiography of a fascinating American legend

In Love and War

Jim
 and Sybil

Stockdale

The story of Medal of Honor holder, before, during, and after his
imprisonment in North Viet Nam

In the Company of Eagles

Ernest K.

Gann

A novel of flying in WW I

Inside the Sky

William

Langewiesche

A meditaion on flight

John Glenn - A Memoir

John

Glenn

The autobiography of the first American to orbit the earth

Lindgergh - A Biography

Leonard

Mosley

Lindbergh's life, including the difficult days during and after WW II

Night Witches

Bruce

Myles

Russian women fighter pilots of WW II

North Star over my Shoulder -
 a flying life

Bob

Buck

What a time to be an airline pilot - From the beginnings prior
 to WW II, to the era of the 747.  And Bob was fortunate to fly them all.

On the Wing -
To the Edge of the Earth with
 the Peregrine Falcon

Alan

Tennant

Falcons in Alaska, and falcons in Mexico - Same birds?  And have
we changed the landscape so much that they might not be able
 to make this migration in the future?

Queen Bess, Daredevil Aviator

Doris

Rich

The story of Bessie Coleman, America's first black women pilot.

Return of the Enola Gay

Paul W.

Tibbets

The preparation and delivery of America's first atomic bomb

Riding Rockets

Mike

Mullane

"Outrageous tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut"

Searching for the Epic of  Flight -
107 Books Briefly Noted

Robert

Hing

A wonderful book of book reviews.  Robert Hing's list include
s aviation  books of all genres, old and new.  Check it out to get
 some new suggestions

Song of the Sirens

Ernest K.

Gann

Another Gann bok, this one combining his stories of the sea and air

Soul Surviver

Bruce
 and Andrea

Leininger

James Leininger, two years old.  Why does he know so much about
 the last flight of James Huston, a Navy pilot who died in combat
 in WW II?

Stick and Rudder

Wolfgang

Langewiesche

The original (and still the bible) how airplanes (and pilots) fly

Straight on Till Morning

Mary S.

Lovell

Biography of Beryl Markham

Target Luftwafte

William

Ong

Tragedy and Triumph of the WW II Air Victory - Features former
Kansas  City Flying Club member, Ken Martin

Terror of the Autumn Skies  -
The True Story of Frank Luke,
America's Rogue Ace of WW I

Blaine

Pardoe

Who really was America's first ace?  The Air Force thinks so much
 of him that all fighter pilots train at Luke Air Force Base

The 11 Days of Christmas -
America's Last Vietnam Battle

Michel

Marshall

A truly exciting account of the last air battle of the Viet Nam war.
 The Story of  Linebacker II. What went right, and mostly what went
 wrong. For those of us  who were there, this book really tells it like it was.

The All Girl' Filling Station's Last Reunion

Fannie

Flagg

Not generally my type of book, but I am glad I found it - a story of the
WASPS, and some thoughts on how we look at our own parents and
 grandparents.

The Berlin Candy Bomber

Gail

Halvorsen

Dropping candy to kids during the Berlin Airlift

The Black Watch

Ernest K.

Gann

Flying the U-2

The Cannibal Queen

Stephen

Coots

Flying Across the United States in a Stearman

The Day the World Came to Town -
 9-11 in Gander

Jim

Defede

What happens when 38 airliners are diverted to a single, small town
 - and told that their passengers, from all over the world, are here to stay.
  Could your town cope?  This story has been retold as the award-winning
Broadway musical, Come from Away.

The Flying North

Jean

Potter

A history of flying in Alaska and the Yukon

The Forgotten 500 -
The Untold Story of the Men
 who  Risked All for the Greatest
Rescue Mission of WW II

Gregory

Freeman

How do you bring back 500 downed airmen from the forests of Europe
when the Germans are looking for them, and many of the "friendlies"
 are not necessarily friendly at all.

The Lucky Bastards Club

Eugene

Fletcher

How B-17 pilots trained and survived

The Spirit of St. Louis

Charles

Lindbergh

A diary of crossing the Atlantic

The Wild Blue -
The Men  and Boys Who Flew
 the B-24s Over Germany

Stephen

Ambrose

A terrific acount of the B-24 in WW II by one of our nation's  best historians.

The Wrong Stuff

Truman

Smith

Adventures and Mis-Adventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

Two Sides of the Moon

David
 Alexei

Scott
 Leonov

Side by side descriptions of the space race from the first man
to walk in space , and the commander of Apollo 15 

Devil at my Heels

Louis

Zamperini

The namesake of Zamperini Airport in the LA area.  Here isa  version of the
story "Unbroken" written by Laura Hillenbrand, and subsequently turned
 into a movie

Unbroken" 
A World War II story
of survival, resistance
 and redemption"

Laura

Hillenbrand

six weeks on a raft, two years in a Japanese POW camp, and ??

Voyager

Dick
 Jeanna

Rutan
 Yeager

One takeoff, one tank of gas, one landing, around the world

Wasps - Women Air Force Service
Pilots of WW II

Vera S.

Williams

America's Women flyers in WW II

West with the Night

Beryl

Markham

An autobiography of the first woman to fly eastward across the
Atlantic - a  fascinating woman

Wind, Sand and Stars

Antoine 

de Sain-Exuper y

The pilot's poet

North to the Orient

Anne

Morrow Lindbergh

In 1931, Charles and Anne Morrow left New York, bound for China, by way
of Point Barrow Alaska.  This is Anne's exquisite retelling of that adventure.

Nerves of Steel

Tammie Jo

Schults

In April, 2018, Tammie Jo Schults was the Captain of a Southwest Airlines flight
 that suffered a simultaneous engine failure and rapid cabin decompression.
This is the story of not only how she and her crew dealt with the emergency,
but how all of her experience as a woman pilot made her success possible.

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updated August, 2020