Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation and use of aircraft, especially heavier than air aircraft. The word aviation was coined by French writer and former naval officer Gabriel La Landelle in 1863, from the verb avier (synonymous flying), itself derived from the Latin word avis ("bird") and the suffix -ation.

Also see Aircraft and Aviation History.

Daughters of the Night Sky
Her Last Flight
The Flight Girls
Circling the Sun
Passenger 19 (Jammer Davis, #3)
The Crew: The Story of a Lancaster Bomber Crew
The Spitfire Girls
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge
The Wright Brothers
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales
Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front
81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness
The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
The Wright Brothers
Fate Is the Hunter
West with the Night
Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying
Wind, Sand and Stars
The Right Stuff
Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth
Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
Yeager: An Autobiography
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
Night Flight
Flight of Passage: A True Story
The Spirit of St. Louis
One Summer: America, 1927
Circling the Sun by Paula McLainWest with the Night by Beryl MarkhamStraight on Till Morning by Mary S. LovellPromise the Night by Michaela MacColl
Beryl Markham
4 books — 2 voters
Fate Is the Hunter by Ernest K. GannWind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryWest with the Night by Beryl MarkhamThe Right Stuff by Tom WolfeCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
Aviation Books
272 books — 149 voters

Fate Is the Hunter by Ernest K. GannThe Right Stuff by Tom WolfeWest with the Night by Beryl MarkhamStick and Rudder by Wolfgang LangewiescheSlide Rule by Nevil Shute
Aviation, Aerospace and Flight.
144 books — 56 voters
Catch-22 by Joseph HellerNadya's War by C.S.  TaylorFlight of the Intruder by Stephen CoontsFlight of the Old Dog by Dale BrownInto The Unknown by Lorna Peel
Military Aviation Novels
79 books — 58 voters

Volo di notte by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryIl gabbiano Jonathan Livingston by Richard BachThe Right Stuff by Tom WolfeDiario di un'apprendista astronauta by Samantha CristoforettiWe Have Capture by Thomas P. Stafford
FLY. Decolla, vola, esplora.
25 books — 1 voter
Slide Rule by Nevil ShuteFate Is the Hunter by Ernest K. GannWar Dog by Damien LewisStick and Rudder by Wolfgang LangewiescheAlaska Highway Flight Log by William S. Walker
Books Every Pilot Should Read
13 books — 7 voters

John Gillespie Magee Jr.
High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Wher ...more
John Gillespie MaGee Jr.

Leonardo da Vinci
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci

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