Gonna push Stranger to the Ground cause its my absolute favorite book of all time and not too many people seem to know about it.
Written by Richard Bach (Author of Jonathon Livingston Seagull, which more people seem to know) It is simply the best (IMHO) flying book ever. It is an examination of a fighter pilots mind and attitude, all while being humble, not gung ho, super insightful and most of all, still incredibly relevant. I would definitely put this book as a solid 25% or more of why I am flying fighters today.
Whenever I reread it I always find something that I didn’t notice before that is either exactly how flying fighters works today, or helps me with something that I didn’t even know I was having trouble with.
If you do read it, don’t expect thrilling tales of bravado and self badassitude. It is a much more introspective examination of the man/machine hybrid thing that is a fighter pilot and his jet.
If you can read this book and not have a soft spot for the F-84F afterwards I would propose you are not human and have no heart ( Or possibly both of those and dutch, Snark).