We hosted our University open day on the 19th and 20th last week. This was a great event and a fantastic opportunity to meet students thinking about aerospace engineering for next year. I was delighted to meet such a diverse crowd of talented students!
I was asked a few times about relevant reading material.
This is a tricky subject, and when going to university, you can have confidence that your library will be well stocked on the textbooks your need, so there is no need to set off on a buying spree.
However, if you enjoy a couple of solid texts you can return to in times of need I have a few suggestions:
1) I'd recommend Fundamentals of Aerodynamics by JD Anderson. This gives a good background for aerodynamics, and supports the yr 1 and 2 teaching in this area quite well. It is designed to be accessible to post A-level students, but some of the topics may be a bit advanced initially.
2) Any reasonable engineering maths text would be useful too - Mathematical Methods for Science Students by G Stephenson is good (I bought this during my degree, and have used it a lot since), or Engineering Mathematics by Stroud (this has strong reviews, but is not on my shelf).
Slide Rule by Nevile Shute is not a textbook, and contains no maths, but a good read anyway, and fun.
Understanding Flight by Eberhardt and Anderson is also good, but aimed at a general audience and not suitable for degree study beyond yr 1.
There is also an excellent blog written by one of our PhD students in aerospace http://aerospaceengineeringblog.com/ - this has the advantage of being free.
In a nutshell - our library is well stocked, so you don't need to buy any textbooks, but one maths text and one aerodynamics text would be useful. That's what I bought at uni and I felt it was about right.