Top 5 Must-Read books for Pilots

Good stories never die and the greatest stories are captured in books. Through years many amazing real-life tales and pilot guides have been written. These narratives cover failures and successes that nobody expected, war zones, and personal flights that became the beginning to many beautiful journeys of pilots, whose names will be always remembered.

Are you looking for a remarkable biography, motivational pilot guide, or unseen historical details of aviation? Check the list of top 5 must-read pilot’s books in 2020 and get to know more about the pilots who marked aviation history.

The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II by Katherine Sharp Landdeck

Two incredibly talented pilots Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran got an opportunity from the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to serve the U.S. as their country and prove that women pilots were just as competent and ambitious as men. Based on numbers of oral histories with surviving WASP women as well as diaries, letters, and government documents, this historical, non-fiction book was published in 2020.

The author of the book describes the vital role of women ferrying planes, the disbandment of groups, and their fight decades later to be rightfully recognized as veterans. If you are interested in women’s and World War II history, The Women with Silver Wings is a must-read for you.

Race of Aces: WWII’s Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Master of the Skyron by John R. Bruning

One more historical and non-fiction narrative about the WWII airmen, who risked everything in the deadly race to become one of the greatest American fighter pilots. Based on more than 1,000 interviews as the primary source material, Bruning does his best and delves into the pilots’ agony and obsessions.

The story helps the reader to get to know pilots’ driving ambitions, strengths, weaknesses as well as hopes in their private lives. By telling this unique story, Bruning delivers a comprehensive view of America’s top WWII fighter pilots and their careers. This story has been presented in 2020.

Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up by Martha McSally

This book of an inspiring McSally’s autobiography has just shown up in 2020. The author tells the story of how her experiences moved her to become a fighter for justice in and out of the cockpit. McSally shows the runway of her life: from embracing fears, transforming doubts, to finally succeeding when you are expected to fail.

The book that is filled with fresh insights and stories helps the courage inside to break our barriers, endure turbulence, and keep flying high. McSally’s book is a perfect option if you are looking for a motivational pilot life guide.

Topgun: An American Story by Dan Pedersen

This book of 2019 is a biography of the navy pilot program and of Captain Pedersen, who was the first officer in charge of Top Gun, establishing it with his hand-selected eight naval aviators and naval flight officers.

The non-fiction attracts the reader from chapter to chapter by presenting a well-written look through more than five decades of naval and air-combat history, also covering the service to which Pedersen devoted most of his life. The book is written for a general audience, so you can truly enjoy the read even if you are not an aviation geek.

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien

Are you looking for a remarkable story about fierce female pilots? This 2018 historical, non-fiction book is about the untold story of five women who fought to compete upon men in the high-stakes national air races during the 1920s – 1930s and succeeded.

This story is about five different female pilots, who fly in the sky to compete in airplane racing. Each of them fights for this opportunity by borrowing planes, dealing with dishonest organizers and taking risks equal to those of their male colleagues, even with fewer rewards to tempt them.


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