For both pilots and aviation lovers alike, literature is an amazing way for everyone to experience the amazing world of aviation. Books are an amazing tool to give the general public access to aviation. Every year new books are published regarding the world of aviation. Today’s article is covering some of my favorite books for 2022 that I think everyone should take a look at!
5 Best Aviation Books For 2022
5. The Aviators By Winston Groom
For my history buffs out there, The Aviators is an incredible book to have on your shelf. This book covers the lives and major achievements of some of the biggest names in aviation history; Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle and Charles Lindbergh. Essentially, The Aviators is three books in one. That’s a win win win! That being said, their stories may be different, but Winston Groom has written them in such a way that they all intertwine and read as one story. The Aviators features both military and civil aviation stories alike. It basically outlines the rapid growth of aviation from World War 1 to World War 2. Something I really like about this book is the tone that it’s written in. When you read this book, it feels as though you’re a kid again and your grandpa is telling you all his stories from the war. This is one of the reasons I’ve come to love Winston groom as an author. His books are easy going and are lovely to read. I received this book as a christmas gift this year and after reading it, it is one of my all time favorite books. Whether you want to learn about some of the most import moments in aviation, or you want to hear some cool stories, I can not recommend The Aviators enough.
4. Spectre Series By C.W. Lemoine
For those of you that enjoy action packed fiction, the Spectre series by C.W. Lemoine is among the best in regards to aviation. That being said, not every book in this series is strictly about flying. In fact, the series deals with a myriad of military topics! From fighter pilots to international terrorism and espionage, the Spectre series is a set of books that are quite difficult to put down once they’ve been started. There are currently 8 books in the series so there is no shortage of content for those of you that like to be invested in long stories. Aside from the series itself, C.W. Lemoine is an amazing author. Being that he has flown F-16s, F-18s, T-38s and more in his aviation career, he certainly knows what he’s talking about when it comes to flying. It’s this inside scoop that I think makes him such a great author. Furthermore, C.W. has an awesome YouTube channel that deals primarily with military aviation and DCS World. Even if you don’t read his books, I highly suggest you check out his YouTube channel. This isn’t a sponsorship I just think his content is highly underrated and deserving of attention! All of that to say, the Spectre series is one of my all time favorites when it comes to fiction and I highly highly recommend checking it out.
3. Serenade To The Big Bird By Bert Stiles
Serenade To The Big Bird is perhaps one of the most, if not THE most beautifully written books on this list. Written by Bert Stiles between his two military tours, this book is a short, but very worthwhile read. Covering the tragedy of war, Serenade To The Big Bird is a book that really puts into perspective what it was like to fight during WW2 as a young man in his early 20s. The author, Bert Stiles, was a United States Army fighter pilot during WW2. He was killed in action during his second tour. One of the reasons I really enjoyed reading this book is not only because it is about aviation, but because it removes the tainted view of war that we see from the media even to this day. I highly recommend anyone to give this book a read. Regardless if you’re into aviation or not, it is an amazing story.
2. Great Book of Modern Warplanes By Mike Spick
The Great Book of Modern Warplanes is probably my favorite book on my bookshelf. I received a copy of this book from my mother when I was very young and have flipped through this book religiously ever since I got my hands on it. This book is arguably what made me want to be a pilot in the first place. This book however, is a bit different than the rest of the books on this list. Rather than being a novel, the Great Book of Modern Warplanes is more of an education/picture book. With that in mind, there is still a fair amount of information contained in this book. Covering almost every known detail regarding modern military aircraft, this book is perfect for any military aviation geek. From the F-117 to the F-22, this is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting educational aviation books out there. If you’re at all into military aviation and like to know how different planes function, this is a book I would highly suggest taking a look at.
1. Flight: The Complete History of Aviation By R.G. Grant
Flight: The Complete History of Aviation is the end all be all of aviation history books. Rather than just covering a singular piece of aviation history, this book covers everything, and in great detail! From the Wright brothers first flight, to the fateful crash of the Concorde, Flight is one of the best summaries of aviation history I’ve seen in a long while. I highly recommend this book for anyone even remotely interested in aviation history. Better yet, this book is published by the Smithsonian; one of the most knowledgeable organizations not only in aviation history, but history in general. Something that is included in this book that isn’t in the others on this list is spaceflight. Many people tend to overlook spaceflight as part of aviation history, but I’d argue that it is. Even if it wasn’t it is still incredibly interesting to read about! If you have ever been to the Smithsonian air and space museum, this book is essentially a text version of that experience. It is one of my most prized books and I recommend everyone to give it look. It is well worth your money.
Why Literature Is Important For Aviation
In my opinion, literature is one of the most important inventions in human history. Without it, we wouldn’t know nearly as much about our history as we do. Aviation history is no exception. Many of humanities greatest aeronautical achievements are only recorded in books. This is why I urge both pilots and aviation lovers alike to read about the history of their passion! It keeps the rich history aviation alive and paves the way for the aviation innovations of the future.
To sum things up, these are just five of my most favorite books in the aviation genre. Of course, these are not the only aviation books out there. With that in mind, I urge to you find your own favorite books and not just take my opinion at face value. Let me know what your favorite aviation books are down in the comments! I hope you enjoyed todays article and I hope to see you in the next one. Fly safe 🙂