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12-28-2017, 05:42 PM
Posted in the Major Airlines main section but figured I'd give it a shot in here for American specific recommendations. TIA.

Anyone have any good suggestions on books detailing the history of each major/legacy airline? Looking for info that might help job hunters get a good back story on what the culture, history and principles of each airline is. Perhaps provide extra ammo in an interview when the "Why us?" question is asked.

Delta: Glory Lost and Found

FedEx: The World on Time

United: ?

American: ?

UPS: ?

Southwest: ?

12-28-2017, 06:06 PM
American - Dr. Seuss how the grinch stole Christmas.

Smoke Toliet
12-28-2017, 07:56 PM
I believe SWA’s book is called “Nuts!”
And “Hand Landings” would be good for AA and UAL.

Arado 234
12-28-2017, 09:32 PM
Sky Gods.


12-28-2017, 09:58 PM
There’s always “Flying the Line” Part I and II.

12-29-2017, 04:22 AM
There was a book out there years ago titled "Eagle: The Story of American Airlines." It was the history of American Airlines from the early days until maybe the '80s.

It's on Amazon now.

12-29-2017, 04:51 AM
For UPS, "Big Brown" is the one to read.

12-29-2017, 05:42 AM
For one of the many forerunners of American, Trans World Airlines (TWA) which was the face of United States aviation on east west routes around the world in the 1950s-1970s (Pan Am was the face in Latin America), I recommend:

Trans World Airlines A Book of Memories by Jon Proctor.

PRS Guitars
12-29-2017, 01:51 PM
+1 for “Hard Landings” you will learn about the entire industry up till the early 90’s. Great read too. Flying the line is probably great, but I’m having trouble getting into it to be honest. “Fate is the Hunter” deals with very early years and is very well written, great read.

Sky Gods is awesome too, but mainly deals with Pan Am

12-29-2017, 04:47 PM
Sky Gods was awesome!

If you’re into history, find Splash of Colors by John Nance about the fall of Braniff. I see us falling into many of the same traps here.

12-29-2017, 07:57 PM
+1 on “Fate is the Hunter!”

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12-29-2017, 09:48 PM
“Hard Landings” is an excellent read. One of my favorites. It was recommended to me in the mid to late 90’s by a Delta L-1011 CA when I was on his jumpseat headed up to LGA from FLL. He called it Required Reading for any airline pilot, and he was right. I couldn’t put it down. Written by a Wall Street Journal writer.

Flying the Line 1 and 2 are cheesy rah rah pro-ALPA. They turned me off, honestly, and yet I’m fine with ALPA. The books, though, are over the top.

Arado 234
01-06-2018, 06:27 AM
"Moondog's Academy of the air & other disasters" by Pete Fusion.

On the lighter side.

01-06-2018, 05:52 PM
"Moondog's Academy of the air & other disasters" by Pete Fusion.

On the lighter side.

I've got a copy of that around here someplace. Great book!

Arado 234
01-07-2018, 06:14 AM
"Moondog's Academy of the air & other disasters" by Pete Fusion.

On the lighter side.

Just realized that I got hit with my phone's auto-correct. The authors name is Pete Fusco.

Pilot X
01-07-2018, 08:16 AM
How bout playboy?

01-13-2018, 07:52 AM
"Sky gods" is essential reading for anyone interested in the early history of Pan Am leading up to its demise in 91. In my next life I wanna be a rock star or a Pan Am 707 captain!

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