Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Aviation Pictorials. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

Discover more than 1,000 of the greatest commercial and military aircraft to ever fly the skies. This visual treat is packed with pictures and crammed with content for aviation enthusiasts everywhere.  

 A century of flight is chronicled in hundreds of pages of jaw-dropping photography and accessible text. You’ll enjoy an action-packed ride in all kinds of flying machines, from the very first prototypes to modern supersonic jets. Spread your wings and take flight in planes, helicopters, and airships, presented in glorious detail alongside fantastic facts and surprising stats.  Jump in the pilot seat of pioneering planes, including the Gipsy Moth, Spitfire, and Concorde, before taking a virtual tour of each and every model. Discover how powerhouse producers, such as Rolls-Royce and Rotax, ensure maximum performance from an array of aircraft engines. Find out how famous marques, such as Boeing and Lockheed, came to set industry standards in aviation.

 Aviation enthusiasts of all stripes and ages will be captivated by this comprehensive and beautifully presented guide to the story of flight. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (May 20, 2013)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1465402127
  • Dimensions: 10.23 x 1.22 x 12.12 inches


2. FPV Flight Dynamics: Mastering Acro Mode on High-Performance Drones

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

FPV Flight Dynamics is the in-depth handbook designed to catapult Rookies and Intermediates into the Advanced levels and beyond! Whether you’re new to UAVs, a camera drone operator looking to dive into Acro, or an experienced miniquad ripper stuck in FPV purgatory, this guide will arm you with the skills and knowledge that you’ll need to break through plateaus and master your instrument. This visual manual spans 30 chapters and features over 220 full-color illustrations , including stick schematics, 3D diagrams, photos, and infographics. You’ll be presented with actionable strategies that can be employed immediately to make the greatest leaps in skill level with the least amount of time, money, and frustration possible. Master all three of FPV’s disciplines (racing, freestyle, and professional cinematic) by learning what to practice, how to practice it, and, most importantly, in which order! This book offers detailed analyses on more than 50 unique tricks, maneuvers, and flight techniques, including: 31 FUNDAMENTAL MANEUVERS Static Climbs and Drops, medial and lateral Dynamic Climbs, ascending Half-Loops, Convex Climbs, Pullbacks, Parachutes, Diving Helixes, Two-Dimensional Sweeping Turns (2D Sweeps), S-Turns, 180° Hairpin Turns, 3D Sweeps, Coils, Rippled Turns, Elliptical Orbits, Textbook Power Loops, Parachuting Power Loops, Aerial Corkscrews, Barrel Rolls, Stunted Barrel Rolls, Aileron Rolls, the Textbook Split-S, Vaulting Split-S, and Sliding Split-S, Level Orbits, Knife-Edge Orbits, Immelmann Turns, Half Cuban Eights, High Jumps, and Hammer Throws 19 FREESTYLE TRICKS Frontflips, Backflips, Level Yaw Spins, Snap Rolls, Wallkicks, Kamikazes, Juicy Flicks, Vanny Rolls, Proxy Knockbacks and Slingshots, Rewinds, Wall Rides, Stall-Slide Corkscrews, Rubik’s Cubes, Inverted Yaw Spins, Mattyflips, Trebuchets, Inverted Orbits (aka Cyclones/Trippy Spins), Keeling Turns, and Windmills Learn how to: Manipulate your quadcopter’s speed and momentum with techniques like Sprints, Coasts, Stalls, Short-Rooks and Full-Rooks, Rook-n-Rolls, and Blips Negotiate advanced racing complexes like Chicanes/Slaloms, Gated Corkscrews, and coiled obstacles like Ladders Manage your LiPo batteries, including charging, discharging, and storage strategies Dissect your quadcopter, and understand each of its components, their technical specifications, and how they’re all related and interact with one another Chase mobile subjects like drift cars and downhill skiers with advanced cinematic shot-framing techniques, like Sidewinding Sweeps via the quadcopter’s secondary flight stance, the Outside Stance Prioritize visual references in your field of view, so you always know what to be looking at and when This is THE definitive guide to FPV, and a must-read for all newcomers to the hobby! Pick up a copy today and take your skills to the next level! BECOME THE MACHINE

  • Author: Christian Mollica
  • Publisher: Vespula Ventures LLC (March 30, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Engineering & Transportation


3. Flight: 100 Greatest Aircraft

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

A comprehensive look at the worlds great aircraft from the experts at Flying magazine featuring spectacular full-color photographs fascinating and informative text and detailed specifications that will delight die-hard data fans Of all humanitys dazzling innovations perhaps none capture our imaginations or fuel our inventive spirits as much as flight In our quest to soar higher faster and farther weve dreamed up airborne wonders that are a sight to behold-like the supersonic F-22 Raptor stealthily soaring above the clouds or the Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Biplane the beautiful starter model that helped a generation earn their wings Thats not even to mention the deluxe Concorde-the first passenger jet to cruise at the speed of sound These iconic aircraft-and 97 more stunning feats of aeronautical engineering-make up the worlds most groundbreaking contributions to flight all curated and collected here by the experts at Flying magazine In Flight 100 Greatest Aircraft theres something for every

  • Author: Mark Phelps
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (December 24, 2013)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1616286064
  • Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 10 inches


4. Welder's Handbook: A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding, Revised and Updated

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

A newly-updated, state-of-the-art guide to MIG and TIG arc welding technology. Written by a noted authority in the field, this revised edition of HP's bestselling automotive book-for over 20 years-is a detailed, instructional manual on the theory, technique, equipment, and proper procedures of metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding.

  • Author: Richard Finch
  • Publisher: HP Books; Revised ed. edition (February 21, 2007)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1557885135
  • Dimensions: 8.54 x 0.33 x 10.89 inches


5. Drones For Dummies

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

The fast and easy way to pick out, set up, and learn to fly your drone Ready to soar into the world of unmanned aircraft? Drones For Dummies introduces you to the fascinating world of UAVs. Written in plain English and brimming with friendly instruction, Drones For Dummies provides you with the information you need to find and purchase the right drone for your needs, examples of ways to use a drone, and even drone etiquette and the laws and regulations governing consumer drone usage. Plus, you'll discover the basics of flight, including how to use a drone to capture photos and video. Originally designed to assist in military and special operations applications, the use of drones has expanded into the public service sector and the consumer market for people looking to have a good time flying an aircraft remotely. Drones For Dummies covers everything you need to know to have fun with your UAV, and is packed with cool ways to expand your drone's use beyond simply flying. Pick the perfect drone to suit your needs Properly set up and fly a drone Use a drone to capture images and footage with a camera Tips for maintaining your drone If you're interested in the exciting new technology of unmanned aircraft vehicles, Drones For Dummies helps you take flight.

  • Author: Mark LaFay
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (July 7, 2015)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1119049784
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches


6. The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

Formed in 1958, NASA has long maintained a department of visual artists to depict the concepts and technologies created in humankind’s quest to explore the final frontier. Culled from a carefully chosen reserve of approximately 3,000 files deep in the NASA archives, the 200 artworks presented in this large-format edition provide a glimpse of NASA history like no other. From space suits to capsules, from landing modules to the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and more recent concepts for space planes, The Art of NASA presents 60 years of American space exploration in an unprecedented fashion. All the landmark early missions are represented in detail— Gemini, Mercury, Apollo —as are post-Space Race accomplishments, like the mission to Mars and other deep-space explorations. The insightful text relates the wonderful stories associated with the art . For instance, the incredibly rare early Apollo illustrations show how Apollo might have looked if the landing module had never been developed. Black-and-white Gemini drawings illustrate how the massive NASA art department did its stuff with ink pen and rubdown Letraset textures. Cross-sections of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project docking adapter reveal Russian sensitivity about US “male” probes “penetrating” their spacecraft, thus the androgynous “adapter” now used universally in space. International Space Station cutaways show how huge the original plan was, but also what was retained. Every picture in The Art of NASA tells a special story. This collection of the rarest of the rare is not only a unique view of NASA history —it’s a fascinating look at the art of illustration, the development of now-familiar technologies, and a glimpse of what the space program might have looked like.

  • Author: Piers Bizony
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-0760368077
  • Dimensions: 12.13 x 0.88 x 12.25 inches


7. Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. The principles of flight made easy to understand, even fascinating, to pilots and technicians Most pilots and flight students wince at the mention of the term "aerodynamics" because most courses and books dealing with the subject do so using complicated scientific theory and intricate mathematical formulas. And yet, an understanding of aerodynamics is essential to the people who operate and maintain airplanes. This unique introductory guide, which sold more than 20,000 copies in its first edition, proves that the principles of flight can be easy to understand, even fascinating, to pilots and technicians who want to know how and why an aircraft behaves as it does. Avoiding technical jargon and complex calculations, Hubert "Skip" Smith demonstrates how aerodynamic factors affect all aircraft in terms of lift, thrust, drag, in-air performance, stability, and control. Readers also get an inside look at how modern aircraft are designed-including all the steps in the design process, from concept to test flight and the reasoning behind them. This edition features expanded coverage of aircraft turning and accelerated climb performance, takeoff velocities, load and velocity-load-factors, area rules, and hypersonic flight, as well as the latest advances in laminar flow airfoils, wing and fuselage design, and high-performance lightplanes. Question and answer sections are added for classroom use.

  • Author: Hubert Smith
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2nd edition (December 1, 1991)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-0830639014
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches


8. Hawker Hurricane and Sea Hurricane (FlightCraft Book 3)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

This fully illustrated volume examines the legendary RAF fighter with full details on its WWII service and design modifications. The Hawker Hurricane was aeronautical engineer Sidney Camm's masterpiece. The fighter entered Royal Air Force service in 1937 and quickly became one of the most important aircraft in Britain's military arsenal—especially in the first three years of the Second World War. It served in every wartime theatre, from Norway and France, to the Battle of Britain, the defense of Malta, the campaigns in the Western Desert, the Russian Front, and in the Far East where it saw service until the end of hostilities. Martin Derry offers a concise yet informative history of the Hurricane's development, operational career and design improvements, including many contemporary photographs with detailed captions; a 16-page color illustration section offering profiles and 2-views of 48 separate aircraft; and finally a section prepared by master maker Tony O'Toole, listing and illustrating the plastic model kits of the Hurricane available in all scales.

  • Author: Tony O'Toole
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation; Illustrated edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History


9. Helicopter Maneuvers Manual: A step-by-step illustrated guide to performing all helicopter flight operations

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

Providing a detailed look at helicopter maneuvers, the information in this guide helps to solidify concepts gained from flight training in a student pilot's mind by incorporating the Practical Test Standards into every maneuver description. The graphical and textual explanations work in conjunction with an instructor's lessons, allowing students to prepare before sessions and to review afterwards as well. There are many guides to flight maneuvers and how to fly them in airplanes but none specifically made for helicopters, and not in the complete and fully color-illustrated way as presented in "Helicopter Maneuvers Manual." This handbook will be of immense help to flight instructors teaching helicopter maneuvers, following the FAA's practical test standards for certification of helicopter pilots. This book not only helps in training but can also be used for reference throughout the helicopter pilot's flight career. It provides readers with a crystal-clear picture of what level of performance is expected of them every step and includes insights into the common errors associated with each move.

  • Author: Ryan Dale
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.; Spi edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1560278917
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.6 inches


10. Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: The Illustrated History of America's Legendary Mach 3 Spy Plane

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aviation Pictorials - August 2021

The legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was, and still is, the world’s only operational Mach 3 aircraft, and was designed, built, and tested by Lockheed’s famed “Skunk Works.” This new book covers all fifty Blackbirds built, from the first flight in 1962, to the last in 1999. As a replacement for the venerable U-2 spyplane, Lockheed went from contract signing to first flight in only thirty-two months starting in April 1958—from the beginning of design studies to the signing of a contract from the CIA to build the initial batch of A-12s in February 1960, to first flight in 1962. From the A-1 design through the completion of the very first Radar Cross Section models of the A-12, to the testing of every major system and subsystem, this book describes and illustrates the SR-71 as never before, using images from a variety of sources, as well as the author’s own superb, new photography.

  • Author: James C. Goodall
  • Publisher: Schiffer Military History; 1st edition (May 28, 2018)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-0764355042
  • Dimensions: 11.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches