Airborne Adventures

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

A History of the Kings Flight & Queens Flight

A chronicle of the activities, aircraft and key personnel of the elite RAF unit dedicated to the air transport of the British Royal Family from 1936-1995

A Pilots Notes

by Ian Rae
Poems of a World War 2 Royal Air Force Flying Instructor.

A Pilots Perspective

by Cedric Flood
A former airline captain's reflections on a lifetime of commercial and private flying 1950-2012.

A Pilots Way – an aviators experiences 1948-2004

by Mike Holmes
A veteran aviator looks back on his 55 years as an RAF fighter pilot, airline pilot and private pilot 1948-2004

A Royal Air Force Pilots Tales

by Group Captain Harry M. Archer
A reflection on 30 years’ service with the RAF 1950-80

Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions

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

Aircraft Engineer – reflections on a 50 year career in aviation

by Brian W.A. Johnson
My journey from RAF Halton apprentice to senior management with commercial airlines 1947 to 1997.

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

Beaufighters BOAC & Me

by Sam Wright
Experiences of a 254 Squadron Beaufighter navigator during WW2 and postwar flying with BOAC.

Circuits and Bumps

by Gerhard Heilig
A pilot's progress from RAF bombers to commercial airliners 1944-65

Climb to and Maintain

by Eric Woods
A former navigator's experiences with BOAC in the postwar years.

Flight Plans

by Capt Bruce G. Wallace DFC & BAR

compiled and edited by Donald Wallace

A RNZAF Pilot’s experiences with RAF Bomber Command in World War II & postwar with BOAC ~ 1940-71

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.

Flying the Waves

by Richard Pike
Experiences of an air-sea rescue helicopter pilot around the Scottish coast in the 1980s/90s.

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 Angolan UNITA freedom fighter Dr Jonas Savimbi.

Landmarks in Aviation History

by Barry Smart
An illustrated guide to monuments in various parts of the world commemorating important people and events in the history of aviation.

My Life in Flying – memoirs of a military and airline pilot

by Steve Masters
A reflection on three decades as a military & commercial pilot with the RAF and British Airways 1980-2013

No Time on the Ground – A Pilots Tales

by Ken Fitzroy
A former military, commercial and civilian pilot looks back on 50 years in the air.

Observations from the Tower – Memoirs of an Air Traffic Controller

by John Kilburn
A former ATC recalls his 30-year career in Air Traffic Control 1957-1987

On Laughter-Silvered Wings – a portrait of Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood

by Howard A Hughes
Entertaining biography of charismatic Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood, a pilot with RAF bomber command in World War II and subsequently an airline captain whose 'Irish crew' gained legendary status in post-war British European Airlines (BEA) for their high-spirited antics.

Prestwicks Pioneer

by Dougal McIntyre
Biography of David F. McIntyre, first pilot to fly over Everest and founder of Scottish Aviation.

Red Arrows: The Inside Story

by Tony Cunnane
An insight into the inner workings of the RAF's world famous aerobatic display team during the 1980s/90s

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 since 1930.

Twin Bases Remembered

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

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.

Wings for Sale

by Barry Lloyd
Worldwide experiences of a commercial aircraft salesman with British Aerospace 1981-94