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AIRMEN WHO WOULD NOT DIE, Fuller, John, Putnam, 1979, f/f, see scan, the author digs deeply into the 1930 crash of the R.101. He goes baack to 1928 and the disappearances of Capt. Walter Hichcliffe & Capt. Alfred Lowentein, photos, 348 pgs. $17.50
AIRSHIP, Abbott, Patrick, Adams & Dart, 1973, f/f, see photo, first round trip trans-Atlantic flight, R.34, July 1919, photos, 163 pgs. $20.00
AIRSHIP VC, THE, Rimell, Raymond, Aston, 1989, f/f, see photo, Captain William Leefe Robinson of the Royal Flying Corps. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for shooting down the first airship over London on the night of Feb. 3rd September 1916, photos, 128 pgs. $25.00
ARMY AIRSHIP ROMA, Mitchell, John, Syms-Eaton Museum, 1973, vg (soft cover),see scan, Very good (soft cover, inked name), This Italian airship, purchased in 1921, was based at Langley Field, VA. In Feb. 1922, on an intended flight to Norfolk, it chrashed killing 34 people, photos, 34 pgs. $50.00
BALLOONS AND AIRSHIPS, Ege, Lennard, Macmillan Color Series, 1974, vg/vg , see photo, 80 pages of full color illustrations from Montgolfier brothers to 1970s, each vehicles history, construction & operating details, 234 pgs. $8.00
BARNES WALLIS, Morpurgo, J.E., St. Martins Press, 1972, vg/vg, see photo, biography, in the pre-World War I days, designed rigid airships including the R-80 and R-100, also the Wellesley & Wellington Bombers in WW II and was the creator of the Tallboy and Grand Slam and the dam-busting bouncing bombs, introduced into aircraft design geodetic construction, the swing wing airplane, contributed to the development of radio telescopy & even planned nuclear submarines, photos, 400 pgs. $25.00
BATTLEBAGS, Mowthorpe, C.E.S., Alan Sutton, 1995, new, soft cover, see photo, British airships of WW I, many photos, 194 pgs. $10.00
BRITISH AIRSHIP AT WAR, 1914-1918, Abbott, Patrick, Terence Dalton, 1989, as new, see photo, 225 airships were built during WW I, 107 were still in commission at the time of Armistice, played a significant role in defeating the U-boats, photos & drawings, 142 pgs. $24.00
BY AIRSHIP TO THE NORTH POLE, Capelotti, P.J., Rutgers Universty Press, NJ, 1999, f/f as new, see photo, chronicles Andree's 1897 and Wellman's three attempts (1907 to 1909) to reach the North Pole by airship, visits their base camps, photos, 209 pgs. $25.00
DIRIGIBLE, Stoff, Joshua, Atheneum, 1985, f/f, see photo, children's novel based on US Navy's dirigibles of the 1930s, illustrations, 106 pgs. $8.00
DISASTER OF THE HINDENBURG, Tanaka, Shelley, Madison Press, 1993, vg/vg, see photo, many photographs (including color) of structure & interior of Hindenburg, documenting the crash, 64 pgs. $7.50
FLYING AND BALLOONING FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHS, Fabb, John, B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1980, vg/vg, see photo, collection of 116 photographs with detailed annotations. $15.00
GRAF ZEPPELIN, Vaeth, J.Gordon, Harper & Brothers, 1958, vg/vg (minor chipping) see photo, biography of Hugo Eckener, and the 10 years of air voyages of the Graf Zeppelin, 1928 to 1937, photos, 235 pgs. $27.50
GRAF ZEPPELINS IDEE, Krusche, Peter, self-published, 1995,as new (issued with pictorial cover), see photo, German text, the history of lighter than air flight in Germany, 1850 to 1925, ending with LZ 126, which became the USS Los Angeles, photos, 192 pgs. $28.50
GREAT DIRIGIBLES, THE, Toland, John, Dover, 1972, as new, soft cover, see photos, formerly titled Ships in The Sky, their triumphs & disasters, photo section, 352 pgs. $3.50
HISTORIC AIRSHIPS, Brooks & Griffin, New Yoek Graphic Socieity, 1973. Fine condition (oversized, no marks, tight binding) with dust jacket, see scan, history & development of the rigid airship, 16 color plates, 28 b&w illustrations, manufacturing data, operations $30.00
JANE'S POCKET BOOK OF AIRSHIPS, Ventry & Kolesnik (editors), Collier Books, 1976, vg (soft cover), covers airships from the 1870s to the 1970s, many photos, 244 pgs. $6.00
LAST FLIGHT OF THE L31, see scan, Limited Edition of 1000 copies, signed by Rimell, On October 1 1916, the inhabitants of Potters Bar, Middlesex were witness to the fiery destruction of a raiding German Zeppelin that came down on the Oakmere Estate. All 19 crewmembers perished. This century-old event is now commemorated by Ray Rimell with the aid of many contemporary eyewitness accounts,plus official military records & personal family archives, including over 50 rare photos. $19.95
LAST FLIGHT OF THE L32, see scan, Limited Edition of 1000 copies, signed by Rimell, On 24 September 1916 the residents witnessed the dramatic end of a German Zeppelin raider that crashed in flames on the fields of Snail's Hall Farm killing all aboard.Now this century -old event is re-visited by Ray Rimell's detailed account has been based on eyewitness statements, with access to official records & family papers from the family who shot down L32 on that momentous night 100 years ago. With over 50 illustrations ,including a Ronny Bar colour profile of BE2c 4112, scale drawings by Mick Davis of the night-fighting BE2c version and detailed sketches of the Strange gun mounting, $19.95
LIGHTER THAN AIR, Payne, Lee, A.S. Barnes, 1977, vg (inscribed to previous owner by author)/vg, see scan, This illustrated history begins with the first LTA flight in 1783 and covers military, naval & civil airships throught the present day, many photos, 270 pgs. $15.00
LIGHTER THAN AIR, Crouch, Tom, John Hopkins University, 2009, new with dust jacket, see photo, illustrated history of balloons & airships, 191 pgs. $9.00
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR FLIGHT, Glines, Carroll, Watts, 1965, f/f, see scan,. a collection of more than 50 articles covering the history of LTS flight from the first (1782) Montgolfier Brothers thru Zeppelins & current dirigibles, photos, 27 pgs. $10.00
LOG OF H.M.A. R 34, JOURNEY TO AMERICA AND BACK, Maitland, E.M. Air -Commodore, Hodder & Stoughton, 1921, vg (original, rebound), the first double crossing of the Atlantic by air, a day by day account of the two flights, the outward from East Fortune, Scotland to Mineola, New York and the return to Pulham, Norfolk, the westbound flight was not without drama, over 97% of the ship's fuel supply was used up, the first aerial stowaway was discovered & a severe storm encountered, the commander Captain G.H. Scott commented that he wouldn't have wanted to be in a 23-class rigid in the conditions the R34 passed through, two observers were carried - LtCmdr Zachary Lansdowne westbound and Col. William Hensley on the return, Lansdowne unluckily lost his life in the SHENANDOAH breakup, Hensley became rather notorious for his secret negotiations with the Zeppelin Co. for a rigid airship for the US Army, photos (1 photo missing), fold-out map, 168 pgs. $125.00
LOG OF H.M.A. R34, Maitland, E.M., Air-Commodor, Lighter-Than-Air-Institute, 1997, new (issued w/o dj), see photo, new edition of Air Commodore Maitland's classic 1920 book on the first double crossing of the Atlantic by air, day by day account of the two flights - the outward from East Fortune, Scotland, to Mineola, New York, and the return to Pulham, Norfolk, westbound flight was not without drama, over 97% of the ship's fuel supply was used up, the first aerial stowaway was discovered & a severe storm encountered, photos, fold-out map, 88 pgs. $25.00
MEDALCLAD AIRSHIP ZMC-2, Morrow, Walker, self-published, 1987, fine condition (embossed cover), see scan, The first Alclad Skinned Airship built in 1929, which served the U.S. Navey until scrapped in 1941. This was originally written in 1929 by Carl Fitsche. The front end paper is inscribed by the author (Morrow), 6 names of the engineering team are reproduced. 16 page introduction by Morrow, plus the 32 page reprint of the original paper, photos.
$40.00
MONTGOLFIER BROTHERS AND THE INVENTION OF AVIATION, Gillispie, Charles, Princeton University Press, 1983, f/f, see photo, invention of aviation 1783- 1784, importance of ballooning for the science of heat & the art of building railroads, drawings, 210 pgs. $30.00
MY AIRSHIP FLIGHTS 1915-1930, Meager, Capt. George, Kimber, 1970, vg/vg, see scan, the author began on anti-sub patarols in 1915. He made a record breaking flight from Rome to the U.K. in 1918. He finished up in 1930 on the R.100, photos, 239 pgs. $26.00
PASSENGER BY AIR, Coke, Richard, John Hamilton, ca. 1937, vg (spine fade, tight binding), author recounts his early 1930's flights including 2 Trans-Atlantic flights in the Graf Zeppelin & Hindenberg. Also flights over Canada, U.S., Australia, China & Japan in aircraft such as the Boeing 247, Douglas DC-2, De Havilland 86 & Fokker F-VII. photos, 317 pages. $20.00
R101 - THE AIRSHIP DISASTER - 1930 reprint of the historic official papers from the archive of HMSO, as new, soft cover, 162 pgs. $10.00
SKYSHIPS, Althoff, William, Orion, 1990, hardback with dust jacket, see scan, the airship in service sith the U.S. Navy through the anti-uboat blimps in WW II, photos, 304 pgs. $15.00
SNAFU, Rosendahl, Carles E., Vice Admiral, Atlantis, 2004, f/f (as new), see scan, U.S. Navy. Lt. Rosendahl first came to national attention following his skillful landing of the severed nose section of the rigid airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), destroyed in a thunderstrom over Ohio in 1925. Along with triumph there was tragedy; his latter command of the dirigible USS Akron (ZRS-4) was marred by a mishandled mooring that cost the lives of two inexperienced ground crewmen, photos, 225 pgs. $80.00
STORY OF THE AIRSHIP, Allen, Hugh, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 1931, vg (pictorial cover), photos, still in original mailing envelope, see photo, annual publication on the Goodyear zeppelin, many photos, 71 pgs. $30.00
U.S. NAVY PRESSURE AIRSHIPS 1915-1962, Shock, James, M&T Printers, 1994, fine (soft cover), see scan, history of U.S. Navy airships, non-rigid, semi-rigid & metalclad, photos, 183 pgs. $28.50
USS LOS ANGELES, Althoff, William, Brassey, f/f (as new), 2004, see scan, the airship (2R-3) was built as reparations from Germany and turned over to the U.S. Navy where it served from 1924 to 1939, photos, 289 pgs. $27.50
ZEPPELIN, Vissering, Harry, Wells & Co., 1922, vg (embossed cover), some corner wear, Very good condition (hardback with embossed cover, some corner wear), see scan, ****facsimile signature of author & Count Zeppelin**** a tribute to Count Zeppelin. At the time, zeppelins were the "latest thing" in air transportation, photos, 59 pgs. $35.00
ZEPPELINS, THE, Lehmann & Mingos, G.P. Putnam, 1937, Good copy (dust jacket glued in, minor hinge split (repaired) otherwise tight binding, no marks, see scan, History of airships, WW I & future uses, the story of the Zeppelin operations during WW1, using personal memoirs and official records and checked with Zeppelin commanders and other authorities, photos, 329 pgs. $50.00


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