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Aviation : Books

This guide is a starting point for finding resources related to aviation.

Check out the aviation course catalog at COD for a list of classes, or find more information about the program.

On this page, you'll find books about aviation-related topics. For information about finding articles, videos, e-books, websites, and other resources, click the links on the right side of the page. Click on Aviation in the News for curated sources on current topics in aviation.

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Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection. Use this map to locate different areas of the collection in the library, or ask a librarian for help!

HE 9763-9900 Commercial aviation
QC 851-999 Meteorology
TL 500-777 Aeronautics
TL 515-522 Aviation history
TL 539-540 Aviators
TL 553.5 Aircraft accidents
TL 561 Careers in aviation
TL 570-578 Flight
TL 710 Piloting/flying
TL 726.4 Chicago-area airports
TL 781-788 Space flight

Reference Sources

Use reference sources to quickly look up information on your topic (think: Wikipedia). We have physical reference books in the library, and online reference sources that you can access from anywhere with your COD login.

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Recommended Titles

The Great Air Race

Years before Charles Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris, a group of daredevil pilots brought aviation to the masses by competing in the sensational transcontinental air race of 1919.

The Great Stewardess Rebellion

The true story of a group of stewardesses who "stood up to huge corporations and won, creating momentous change for all working women."

The Turtle and the Dreamboat

The 'Turtle' and the 'Dreamboat'  is the first detailed account of the race for long-distance flight records between the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy after World War II.


Uncover the engineering behind more than 800 aircraft models, from military jets to commercial planes. This visual history book captures the fascinating story of airplanes and aviation, and how their groundbreaking discovery has influenced the 21st Century.

The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual

In a provocative and sometimes controversial style, this guide starts where standard-issue flight training manuals leave off, guiding readers deeply into topics that weren't taught in flight training.

Fly Girls

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed--until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.

Stick and Rudder: an Explanation of the Art of Flying

"The elemental basics of flying haven’t changed since this book was written nearly 80 years ago, and this book explains the process of flying as an art form. [I]t makes an excellent primer for those who want to improve their flying." -- Flying

Weather Flying

"Dynamic weather patterns can change during flight, and this book helps you understand how to safely deal with these changes. This FAA-recommended book is beneficial for pilots at any stage of their journey." -- Flying

The Wright Brothers

On a winter day in 1903, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

Fate is the Hunter

A biography detailing the experiences of the American novelist, including his time as an air pilot in World War II.

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