Airborne Adventures

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


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

A Pilot's Notes

by Ian Rae

Poems of a World War 2 Royal Air Force Flying Instructor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beaufighters BOAC & Me

by Sam Wright

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

Circuits and Bumps

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

Climb to and Maintain

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

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

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

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)

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

Landmarks in Aviation History

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

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

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

Observations from the Tower

by John Kilburn
A nostalgic look back on a long and eventful career in aviation as an air traffic controller

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

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

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

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

Twin Bases Remembered

by Norman Rose
A personal history of the RAF and USAF at Bentwaters & Woodbridge 1943-1993
Autobiography/aviation history

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

Wings for Sale

by Barry Lloyd
Worldwide experiences of an aircraft salesman 1981-94
RAF/aviation memoir

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