Airborne Adventures

Books featuring (in whole or in part) non-military flying experiences

RAF history
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A History of The King's / Queen's Flight

Sowerby & Frost (eds)


Chronicle of the elite RAF unit responsible for the air transport of the Royal Family from 1936-1995
Poetry/humour
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A Pilot's Notes

by Ian Rae


Poems of a World War 2 Royal Air Force Flying Instructor
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A Pilot's Perspective

by Cedric Flood


A former airline captain's reflections on a lifetime of commercial and private flying 1950-2012
aviation memoir
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A Pilot's Way

by Mike Holmes
A veteran RAF and civil airline pilot looks back on 55 years of military, commercial and private flying
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A Royal Air Force Pilot's Tales

by Harry M. Archer
A personal reflection on 30 years’ service with the RAF ~ 1950-80
Aviation history
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Air Navigation from Balloons to Concorde

Walter Blanchard (ed)
A definitive history of air navigation ~ from its primitive beginnings to satellite technology
military history WW2 / pets
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Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions

by Colin Pateman
An illustrated account of the various animals kept as pets and mascots by wartime airmen
aviation memoir
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Aircraft Engineer

by Brian W.A. Johnson


Reflections on a 50-year career in aviation with the RAF and commercial airlines 1947-1997
RAF/aviation memoir
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Beaufighters BOAC & Me

by Sam Wright


Experiences of a 254 Squadron Beaufighter navigator during WW2 and postwar with BOAC
RAF/aviation memoir
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Circuits and Bumps

by Gerhard Heilig
An aviator's progress from bombers to airliners with the RAF and commercial airlines 1944-65
aviation memoir
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Climb to and Maintain

by Eric Woods
A navigator's experiences with BOAC in the postwar years
RAF biography
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Fly High - Fly Low

by Eric Morgan


The three remarkable aviation careers of Leslie R Colquhoun DFC, GM, DFM - WW2  Reconnaissance Pilot; Supermarine Test Pilot and Vickers Hovercraft Pioneer
Aviation memoir
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Flying the Waves

by Richard Pike

Experiences of an air-sea rescue helicopter pilot around the Scottish coast in the 1980s/90s
Biography/aviation history
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Goodhart : The Story of an Exceptional Man

by Richard Harris & Barrie Williams


A biography of Rear Admiral Nicholas Goodhart, CB, Legion of Merit, FRAeS, RN (1919–2011)
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I Flew for Savimbi

by Simon Van Garderen
A South African bush pilot recalls his 25-year association with Angola UNITA terrorist leader Dr Jonas Savimbi
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Landmarks in Aviation History

by Barry Smart 
An illustrated history of aviation and an international guide to aviation monuments all in one
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My Life in Flying

by Steve Masters
A personal reflection on three decades as a military & commercial pilot with the RAF and British Airways 1980-2013
RAF/aviation memoir
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No Time on the Ground

by Ken Fitzroy
A former military, commercial and civilian pilot looks back on 50 years in the air
RAF/aviation memoir
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Observations from the Tower

by John Kilburn
A nostalgic look back on a long and eventful career in aviation as an air traffic controller
RAF/aviation memoir
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On Laughter-Silvered Wings

by Howard A Hughes
Entertaining biography of charismatic Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood ~ a WW2 bomber pilot and postwar airline captain with BEA
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Prestwick's Pioneer

by Dougal McIntyre


Biography of David F. McIntyre, first pilot to fly over Everest and founder of Scottish Aviation
RAF history / memoir
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Red Arrows: The Inside Story

by Tony Cunnane


A personal insight into the activities of the RAF's world famous aerobatic display team
Civilian flying
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Take Up Slack

by Edward Hull
An illustrated history of the London Gliding Club and the development of the sport of gliding in the UK from 1930 onwards
Military history
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Twin Bases Remembered

by Norman Rose
A personal history of the RAF and USAF
at Bentwaters & Woodbridge 1943-1993
Autobiography/aviation history
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Will We Fly Above Those Clouds?

by Michael P Sutton
A pilot's varied experiences with the RN Fleet Air Arm, De Havilland, JC Bamford, Lear Jet and Dassault 1943-73
aviation memoir
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Wings for Sale

by Barry Lloyd
Worldwide experiences of an aircraft salesman 1981-94
RAF/aviation memoir
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Around the World in 80 Delays

by Richard Ling
A former armaments expert looks back on his varied career as an international salesman in the arms, aviation and petrochemical industries 1975-2010