What Are Some Good Books on Aviation?


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"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough, "Flight: The Complete History" by R. G. Grant and "Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot" by Mark Vanhoenacker are three good books on aviation. All three are available on Amazon.com and have received positive ratings from readers and critics.

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Featured in Amazon's best books list of May 2015, McCullough's "The Wright Brothers" tells the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. The book is based on the private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks and correspondence of the two brothers and focuses on their personalities and daily lives. "The Wright Brothers" also expands on Katharine Wright's contributions to human flight. The New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Miami Herald have praised the book. The book is available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle formats.

"Flight: The Complete History" by Grant describes the milestones in human flight from its inception to the latest spaceflight technology. With a five out of five stars rating on Amazon.com, the book tells the stories of the earliest pilots, including those who first tested planes. "Flight: The Complete History" also features photographs in full color, first-hand stories and technical information about various aircraft. Amazon.com sells the book in hardcover and paperback.

Named one of the best books of 2015 by the Economist, Vanhoenacker's "Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot" focuses on the human experience of flight. Having piloted a Boeing 747 himself, Mark Vanhoenacker expands on his career as a pilot and tries to link human flight to human experiences in geography, family, physics and history. The book is available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle formats. As of December 2015, Mark Vanhoenacker still flies a Boeing 747.

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