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

Ernest K. Gann's
Flying Circus

Ernest K.

Gann

A collection of historical essays of the early days of flying

Wind, Sand and Stars

Antoine 

de Sain-Exuper y

The pilot's poet

Gentlemen of Adventrue

Ernest K.

Gann

A novel of the early days of aviation

Stick and Rudder

Wolfgang

Langewiesc he

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

The Spirit of St. Louis

Charles

Lindbergh

A diary of crossing the Atlantic

Lindgergh - A Biography

Leonard

Mosley

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

West with the Night

Beryl

Markham

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

Straight on Till Morning

Mary S.

Lovell

Biography of Beryl Markham

In the Company of Eagles

Ernest K.

Gann

A novel of flying in WW I

I Could Never Be So
 Lucky Again

Jimmy

Doolittle

An autobiography of a fascinating American legend

Clash of Wings

Walter J.

Boyne

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

Fate is the Hunter

Ernest K.

Gann

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

Night Witches

Bruce

Myles

Russian women fighter pilots of WW II

Experiences of the War -
 The American Airman in
 Europe

Roger A.

Freeman

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

Target Luftwafte

William

Ong

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

The Cannibal Queen

Stephen

Coots

Flying Across the United States in a Stearman

Dragonfly

Bryan

Burrough

Aboard the MIR

The Wrong Stuff

Truman

Smith

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

Wasps - Women Air
Force Service Pilots of
WW II

Vera S.

Williams

America's Women flyers in WW II

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.

Return of the Enola Gay

Paul W.

Tibbets

The preparation and delivery of America's first atomic bomb

High Flyers

Fopp

Michael

30 Reminiscences celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the RAF

The Berlin Candy Bomber

Gail

Halvorsen

Dropping candy to kids during the Berlin Airlift

Song of the Sirens

Ernest K.

Gann

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

Father Goose

Bill

Lishman

Flying with the geese in an ultralight

The Flying North

Jean

Potter

A history of flying in Alaska and the Yukon

Alaska's Sky Follies

Joe

Rychetknik

The funny side of flying in the far north

The Black Watch

Ernest K.

Gann

Flying the U-2

Voyager

Dick,

Rutan

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

Jeanna

Yeager

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

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

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 

John Glenn - A Memoir

John

Glenn

The autobiography of the first American to orbit the earth

A Man on the Moon

Andrew

Chaikin

What it took to put Neil Armstrong on the Moon

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 

Riding Rockets

Mike

Mullane

"Outrageous tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut"

Inside the Sky

William

Langewiesc he

A meditaion on flight

Flight of Passage

Rinker

Buck

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

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 ??

The Lucky Bastards Club

Eugene

Fletcher

How B-17 pilots trained and survived

Dead Men Flying

Pat

Brady

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

Queen Bess, Daredevil Aviator

Doris

Rich

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

Searching for the Epic of
  Flight - 107 Books Briefly
 Noted

Robert

Hing

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

Forever Flying - Fifty Years of High-Flying Adventures

Bob

Hoover

I know 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 sitting with him in a small social gathering, hearing him spin stories.

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

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 compnay.  Who were they?  And why did they fail?

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