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A-Train : Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
Charles W. Dryden
Hardcover - 432 pages (April 1997)
Univ. of Alabama Press ; ISBN: 0817308563
Highly recommended.

Ace! - A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot in World War II 
R. Bruce Porter, Eric Hammel
Paperback - 278 pages (August 1998)
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0935553312

American Heroes of Exploration and Flight (Collective Biographies)
Anne E. Schraff
Library Binding / Published 1996

Autobiography of Values
Charles A. Lindbergh
Listed under Pioneers

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Gregory Boyington
The Flying Tigers in China
Listed under The Flying Tigers

BARKER VC, The Life, Death and Legend of Canada's Most Decorated War Hero
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Beryl Markham : Never Turn Back
Catherine Gourley, Rosellen Brown
Listed under Women in Aviation

Black Aviator : The Story of William J. Powell
(Smithsonian History of Aviation)
William J. Powell
Paperback (October 1994)
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560983418

The Blond Knight of Germany
Raymond F. Toliver, Trevor J. Constable
A Soviet POW for 10 years, Germany's ace of aces Erich Hartmann scored 352 victories. Highly Recommended.
Listed under Luftwaffe

Bush Pilot With a Briefcase : The Incredible Story of Aviation Pioneer Grant McConachie
Ronald A. Keith, Sean Rossiter
Paperback - 368 pages (March 1998)
Douglas & McIntyre Ltd; ISBN: 1550545868
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Bush Pilots of Alaska
Kim Heacox, et al
Excellent photographs of flying in Alaska.
Hardcover - 144 pages (July 1989)
Graphic Arts Center Pub Co; ISBN: 1558680128

Charles A. Lindbergh : A Photographic Album
Joshua Stoff
Listed under Pioneers

Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier (Cornerstones of Freedom)
Richard Conrad Stein
Reading level: Ages 9-12
School & Library Binding / Published 1997

Dead Reckoning : Experiences of a World War II Fighter Pilot
Alan K. Abner
A P51 Mustang pilot of the Eighth Air Force spins a fine tale of air battles in the European Theater.
Listed under P-51 Mustang

Donald's Story
Sandra Merrill
Written fifty years after the death of a fighter pilot on Christmas Day of 1944, by his niece.

Paperback: 260 pages
Tebidine Publishing; ISBN: 0964954141; 1st edition (March 1996)
Delivery sometimes delayed.

Fire and Air : A Life on the Edge
Patty Wagstaff, Ann L. Cooper
Hardcover / Published 1997
Patty Wagstaff  won the U.S. National Acrobatic Championship three times.

The First and the Last
Adolf Galland
One of the classics.
Listed under Luftwaffe

Flight of Passage
Rinker Buck
Hardcover / Published 1997

Flight of Passage : A Memoir
Rinker Buck
Paperback / Published 1998


Flying Cold : The Adventures of Russel Merrill, Pioneer Alaskan Aviator
Robert Merrill MacLean, Sean Rossiter
Paperback / Published 1994
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Fokker : A Transatlantic Biography (Smithsonian History of Aviation Series)
M. L. J. Dierikx
Listed under Pioneers

The Forbidden Diary : A B-24 Navigator Remembers
John Lawrence Stewart
Listed under B-24 Liberator

From Nazi Test Pilot to Hitler's Bunker
by Dennis Piszkiewicz
The amazing story of Hanna Reitsch
Listed under Women in Aviation

Gabby : A Fighter Pilot's Life
Francis Gabreski, Carl Molesworth
Francis Gabreski was an ace who survived both the Second World War and the Korean War.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 0764304429

Glenn Curtiss, Pioneer of Flight
Cecil R. Roseberry 
Listed under Glenn Curtiss


Hazel Jane Raines Pioneer Lady of Flight
Regina Trice Hawkins 
Hardcover / Published 1996

Heaven Next Stop : A Luffwaffe Fighter Pilot at War
Gunther Bloemertz 
Listed under Luftwaffe

How We Invented the Airplane : An Illustrated History
Orville Wright
Listed under The Wright Brothers


Jannus, an American Flier
Thomas Reilly
Listed under Aviation Pioneers

The Jolly Rogers : The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17
Tom Blackburn, Eric M. Hammel
The true story of one of the U. S. Navy's foremost World War II fighter squadrons, the VF-17 Jolly Rogers, in the Pacific and North Africa. Highly Recommended
Pacifica Pr; ISBN: 0935553193
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The Last Enemy
Richard Hillary
Highly Recommended.
Listed under Aviation Favourites

A. Scott Berg
Listed under Pioneers

Master of Airpower : General Carl A. Spaatz
David R. Mets, Jimmy Doolittle 
Paperback / Published 1997

North Star over My Shoulder: My Life in the Air, From Open Biplane to 747
by Robert N. Buck
A pilot since the early 1920s, at the age of 87 Bob Buck still flys gliders. Db.
Bob Buck may not be as famous as Charles Lindbergh, but he's well known among aviators for setting flight-distance records in the 1930s, flying a B-17 in the Second World War, and finally, becoming a commercial airline pilot who logged more than 2,000 trips across the Atlantic Ocean. North Star over My Shoulder is Buck's memoir of a life spent in the skies. He shares plenty of cockpit wisdom: "A copilot can make a trip or ruin it; get someone who talks too much, gripes about the company, tries to impress you, tells long and boring anecdotes, or is overly aggressive in suggesting ways to run the flight, and the taste is unpleasant." He also answers the question he says nonpilots are most likely to ask him: How do you overcome jet lag? "You don't," he says. Buck addresses offbeat subjects, too, such as what an airline pilot does when one of his first-class passengers is irate about the lack of caviar on a long trip. Readers fascinated by flight will enjoy this book, both for its historical perspective on advances in aviation ("a time no one will ever experience again") and the good advice that springs from almost every page ("sitting low tends to make you level off a little too high, while sitting up high tends to make you fly into the ground and not level off enough"). Pilots will appreciate this book, as will anybody who has ever wondered what it's like to fly a plane. --John Miller -
Hardcover: 446 pages
Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0743219643; (April 2002)

Mustang Ace : Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot
Robert J. Goebel
Listed under Mustang P-51

The Price of Honor : The World War One Letters of Naval Aviator Kenneth MacLeish
Kenneth MacLeish, Geoffrey L. Rossano (Editor)
Hardcover / Published 1991


Proud to Be: My Life, The Airforce, The Controversy
Kelly Flinn
Hardcover / Published 1997

The Quest for Mach One : A First-Person Account of Breaking the Sound Barrier
Chuck Yeager (Editor), et al 
Hardcover / Published 1997

Roscoe Turner : Aviation's Master Showman
(Smithsonian History of Aviation)
Carroll V. Glines, James H. Doolittle
Hardcover / Published 1995


Sagittarius Rising
Cecil Lewis
Highly Recommended - Written by a British WW1 Aviator
Listed under WWI Aviation

Skunk Works : A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos 
Paperback / Published 1996

So Many Worlds : Invention, Management, Philosophy, and Risk in the Life of Leroy Hill
H. Craig Miner
Hardcover / Published 1997


Soaring Above Setbacks : The Autobiography of Janet Harmon Bragg : African American Aviator
(Smithsonian History of Aviation Series)
Janet Harmon Bragg, et al 
Listed under Women in Aviation

Up in the Air : The Story of Bessie Coleman (Trailblazers)
Philip S. Hart, Barbara O'Connor
Paperback / Published 1996

Wager With the Wind : The Don Sheldon Story
James Greiner
Paperback / Published 1982


West With the Night
Beryl Markham 
Listed under Pioneers

Wilbur and Orville Wright : Young Fliers
Augusta Stevenson
Listed under The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers : A Biography
Fred C. Kelly
Listed under The Wright Brothers

Yeager : An Autobiography
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Zemke's Stalag : The Final Days of World War II
Hub Zemke, Roger A. Freeman
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560980184

From Khaki to Blue
by Raymond Brownell
The autobiography of Air Commodore Raymond J. Brownell
Military Historical Society of Australia 1987
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The Brown Condor : The True Adventures of John C. Robinson
Thomas E. Simmons
Hardcover - 198 pages (December 1988)
Bartleby Pr; ISBN: 0910155097
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Sydney Camm and the Hurricane : Perspectives on the Master Fighter Designer and His Finest Achievement
John W. Fozard (Editor)
Hardcover / Published 1991
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