This article by James Fallows is not particularly interesting but he’s right about the book.
It is Fate Is the Hunter , by Ernest K. Gann, which was first published in the early 1960s. It is a memoir of Gann’s experience as a military pilot during World War II and as an airline pilot before and after.
Because so few people have first-hand experience in the cockpits of airplanes, a natural instinct would be to dismiss this as “genre” literature.
It is not. I found it a profound and memorable book.