inscribed by Olive Ann Beech
photo signed by Walter Beech
| STAGGERWING, |
Smith, Robert T, Maney, 1967, vg/vg, inscribed by Olive Ann Beech, Walter Beech's widow - The complete story of the Beechcraft 17 biplane.This is copy #1769, Included are 2 laid in photos from a private photo album signed by Walter Beech many photos, 249 pgs.
| WING LEADER, |
Johnson, "Johnnie", David & Charles, 1974, f/f, inscribed by Johnson. Johnson was credited with 34 individual victories over enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probable, 10 damaged, three shared damaged & one destroyed on the ground. Johnson flew 700 operational sorties and engaged enemy aircraft on 57 occasions. Continued his career in the RAF after the war, and served in the Korean War before retiring in 1966 with the rank of air vice marshal, photos, 320 pgs.
| SKY ROADS, |
Gann, Ernest, Thomas Crowell, 1940, vg/vg (original), inscribed by Gann,' Dear Henry, I don't know how I could fly one of the blimps without you in it! Best E.K. Gann" this Gann's first book, he offers an inside look at why an airplane flies & being an airline pilot. He flew with American Airlines, photos, 123 pages.
|WINGS FOR LIFE,
Nichols, Ruth, J.B. Lippincott, 1957, vg/vg, inscribed by Ruth Nichols "Arthur Morse, In memory of our Wainwright House Symposiums whose goals survey give Wings for Life. Sincerely, Ruth", her first flight in 1919, Nichols went on to fly more than 140 different aircraft, including jets, flew with Rogers Airlines in 1922, established three new international records for women in 1931, (altitude, speed, and distance). In 1932 she flew from LA to NYC in thirteen hours and twenty-one minutes. photos, 317 pgs.
| SCOTT'S BOOK, |
Scott, C.W.A., Hodder& Stoughton, 1934, vg/vg,, signed by Scott, After setting the record flight (England to Australia in 1931 & 1932, he won the McRobertson Race (1934) flying the D.H. 88 Comet. He beat the old record by over 100 hours, photos, 264 pages.
| VOYAGER, Norris, Jack, self-published, 1988, fine (soft cover),included is a 98 pg magazine "The Epic Flight of the Voyager", see scan,
signed by both Dick Rotan & Jeana Yeager,
the log, analysis & narration of the first non-stop & non-refueled flight around the earth in December, 1986, 72 pgs.
Art Goebel - signed a 4" x 5" photo
|GLORY GAMBLERS, |
Forden, Lesley, Nottingham Press, 1986, vg (embossed cover), signed by author, describes the disasterous 1927 Dole Race, from Oakland, CA to Honolulu, HI, photos, 194 pgs.
Included ART GOEBEL & LT. W. V. DAVIS, Jr SIGNATURES,
On 17, August, 1927 Art Goebel won the Dole Race (Oakland to Honolulu) in the Woolaroc. His navagator was Lt. William V. Davis.Goebel was a movie stunt pilot, prior to the race. Later he had a flight school in Kansas City.
Davis (later Admiral) commanded the VT-5 on the Yorktown in WW II. He became the second Navy pilot to exceed Mach 1.
|WACO ASK ANY PILOT, |
Brandly, Ray, self-published 1979, fine (hardcover with pictorial cover), signed by Brandly, the real story of Waco Airplanes by one of the founders of the National Waco Club, many photos, 163 pgs.
|MADCAPS, MILLIONAIRES AND "MOSE", |
Underwood, John, Heritage Press, 1984, fine (embossed hard cover, signed by author, story of Grand Central Airport (Glendale, CA) from it's glory days (1920s & 30s) through WW II. It was used by airlines, Hollywood celebrities & the military. The downhill road to closure in 1959, many photos, 144 pgs.
HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE, A, |
Gann, Ernest K., Knoff, 1978, f/f, book plate signed by Gann, , his autobiography, 504 pgs.
BEN DREW, |
Powell & Drew, self-published, 1998, f/f (as new), signed by both authors, his adventures flying w/the 375th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group (8th Air Force). He had 6 kills, photos, 248 pgs.
JOHN 'CAT'S EYES" CUNNINGHAM, |
Golley, John, Airlife, 1999, f/f (as new), signed by Cunningham, Cunningham was arguably the greatest RAF night-fighter pilot of WWII. Serving principally with 604 & 85 Squadrons, he is credited with 20 kills, of which 19 were claimed at night. After the war he was appointed chief test pilot for De Havilland, photos, 225 pgs.
Signed by Casey Jones, Dean Smith, Ralph Damon, Alexander De Seversky & Jimmy Doolittle
Signed by 6 early aviators
Morris & Smith, MacMillan, 1953, vg/vg (minor chipping), signed by: Charles S. (Casey) Jones,
joined Curtiss Flying Service in 1919, as a pilot, became president of Curtiss in 1929 and won several air races in the 1920s
Dean C. Smith,
barnstormer & air mail pilot, won Harmon Trophy in 1934, with the Byrd Antartic Expedition 1928-30, later a pilot with American Airlines
Ralph S. Damon
president of Republic Aviation, 1941-43, General Manager American Airlines 1943-45, President American Airlines 1945-49
Alexander De Seversky,
WW I Russian Ace, emigrated to USA and founded Serversky Aircraft Corp, which evolved into Republic Aviation Corp.
became a pilot in WW I, flew many experimental flights (including instrument flying), joined Shell Oil Co as a pilot, In WW II, led the Tokyo Raid and later commanded the 12th, 15th & 8th Air Forces
story of American Aviation from Orville and Wilbur Wright's historic flight at Kitty Hawk, through the next fifty years, Glen Curtis, Harriet Quimby, Henry Ford, Richard, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, the Army Air Force, Chuck Yeager, Also signed by 6 early aviators: Vincent Burnelli (aircraft designer); Beckwith Havens (exhibition pilot with curtiss); Frank Lahm (the 2nd military aviator); Clarence deGiers (first to fly in Panama); John Curran; E.H. Pckerill (1st air to ground air radio - 1910), photos, 417 pgs.
|GABBY - A FIGHTER PILOT'S LIFE - SIGNED ,|
Gabreski & Molesworth, Orion, 1991, f/f , signed by Gabreski, he joined the 56th FG and shot down 28 planes, finished the air war in a POW camp, returned in 1951 flying F-86 jets over Korea, scored 6 1/2 victories, then spent the next 20 years working in the aviation industry, photos, 277 pgs.
|ACES AGAINST JAPAN - VOLUME I - SIGNED BY 15 ACES,|
Hammel, Eric, Presidio, 1992, f/f (as new), signed by 15 aces -William Farrell, Roger Haberman, Roger Conant, Scott McCuskey, Alex Vraciu, Ralph Hanks, Richard May, Joe Robbins, Joe Foss, Tex Hill, Ed Rector, R.T. Smith, Robert Scott, Dick Rossi, Ken Jernsted, 39 first hand accounts of aerial combat. photos, 318 pgs.
BACK TO MANDALAY, |
Thomas, Lowell, Greystone, 1951, vg/vg, Inscribed by Lowell Thomas to Jackie Cochran & Floyd Odlum, " To Jackie and Floyd, Whose life story has been as romantic as The Road To Mandalay", the recapture of Burma with Wingate's Raders & the American Air Commandos, photos, 320 pgs.
JG 54, |
Scutts, Jerry, Motorbooks, 1992, f/f (as new), signed by Wolfgang Spate and Kurt Schulze (both 109 pilots)< History of the German Fighter Group 54. They were stationed mostly and very successfully on the Western Front. They had victory claims of over 8,000 aircraft, photos, color profiles, 165 pgs.
AIRMAN MARCHES, EARLY FLYING ADVENTURES 1914-1923 , Balfour, Harold, Greenhill, 1985, Vintage Aviation Library reprint, f, soft cover,
Bookplate signed by Balfour along with "43 Sqdn R.F.C. 1916-1918"
Balfour was commissioned Second Lt.in Special Reserves, he learned to fly by taking private lessons, 1916, he joined No. 43 Squadron in France, after
a crash, he was posted to No. 43 Squadron as Flight Commander in Nov. 1917, he ended the war as a major, photos, 204 pgs.
signed by both editors Donald McGee & Roger Bender, #274 of a limited edition,
AMERICA'S FIRST EAGLES, Thayer, Lucien, Bender, 1983, f/f, official history of the U.S. Air Service 1917-1918, photos & illustrations, 360 pgs. |
|AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 DAYS,
Post & Gatty, Rand McNally, 1931 (1st Edition), vg/vg (chipping, upper spine piece missing), signed on title page by Post & Gatty, flight of the Winnie Mae, map on end papers, photos & replica of log book, 304 pgs.
|CHINA, THE REMEMBERED LIFE|
Frillmann & Peck, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, vg/vg, Signed presentation from Frillmann on front endpaper: "To Frank (#1) Faraone with my deep appreciation for all his kindnesses to me, Paul Frillmann [added Chinese lettering]." the author served in China from 1936 to 1952. He entered the country as a missionary, later became Chennault's intelligence officer, an OSS agent & consul for the U.S Information Service. He describes conditions in China during his 16 years there, photos, 291 pgs.
|KNIGHTS OF THE AIR, Harris, John, Macmillan, 1960, vg/vg, signed by Arch Whitehouse,
Canadian Aces of WW I, Bishop. Collishaw. Barker. McKeever and others,
illustrations of pilots & aircraft, written for young reader, 155 pgs.