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ALONE IN THE SKY., Batten, Jean.  Drawings by L.R. Williams.  Foreword by J.M. Ramsden.  Dust jacket art by Lynn Williams.
1 Batten, Jean. Drawings by L.R. Williams. Foreword by J.M. Ramsden. Dust jacket art by Lynn Williams. ALONE IN THE SKY.
Shrewsbury Airlife. 1979 0906393019 / 9780906393017 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good 
190 pp, 8vo (8 13/16" H). B&w photographs, drawings. "Jean Batten is one of the great names in aviation history. She was born in New Zealand in 1909, a few weeks after Louis Bleriot flew the English Channel, and qualified for a flying licence at the London Aero Club in 1930. (This book) tells the story of (her) early life and of all her famous flights. The vivid descriptions of these flights, made nearly 50 years ago, highlight the hardships and dangers faced by the early aviators. Quite alone she flew immense distances in record times and in the most basic of aeroplanes. Not only did her flights create time records, but they also blazed the trail for the modern airline routes. The book is based on her earlier work 'My Life' 1938, but thoroughly revised and lengthened by the author without losing its period feel. Now, to a new generation of readers, used to sophisticated jet travel, her achievements will seem incredible. (A) gripping story of skill and courage written by one of the last great pioneer aviatiors." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny corner bumps small faint erased pencil marks at top of free front endpaper. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, minor edge browning, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
TESTING EARLY JETS: COMPRESSIBILITY AND THE SUPERSONIC ERA., Beaumont, Roland.  Foreword by Sir Peter Masefield.
2 Beaumont, Roland. Foreword by Sir Peter Masefield. TESTING EARLY JETS: COMPRESSIBILITY AND THE SUPERSONIC ERA.
Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1990. 
143 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1853101583 B&w photographs. "Roland Beaumont is one of the most experienced and highly-rated test pilots of the post-war era. In this book he outlines the significance of developments in early jets. Beaumont is well placed to make such assessments. As chief test pilot, he made the first flights on fourteen new-type aircaft. He was test pilot on many of the first and second generation jet fighters and bombers, both Briti s h a n d American, as well as the first British supersonic aircraft. The core of the book is made up of the author's flight test reports on such aircraft as the Gloster Meteor, the North American B45, the English Electric Canberra, the English El ec tr i c Li gh tning and Britain's first supersonic bomber, the TSR2, a project which was cancelled before the aircraft went into production. In conclusion, the author looks to a future in which he sees supersonic flight playing an ever-increasing ro le, e sp eci all y in the field of military aviation." Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing with a few small line indentations on front panel. Fine/Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
3 Berry, W.H. Foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. AIRCRAFT IN WAR AND COMMERCE.
New York George H. Doran 1918 First American Edition Hard Cover Good 
292 pp, 8" H. Orange cloth with black lettering on spine, black lettering/biplane silhouette on front board. B&w photographs, reproductions (collated). Contents: Historical; The Aeroplane and its Development in England up to 1914; Development on the Continent before 1914; The Influence of War on the Aeroplane; Bombing, Reconnaissance, Spotting and Photography; The Seaplane and Airship and their Uses; The Construction of the Modern Aeroplane; Engines; Accessories; Raids; Future Commercial Development; Great Britain Mistress of the Air and Sea. 1919 gift inscription on free front endpaper, two staple holes at top of free front endpaper (staple indents on adjacent pages), one picture plate has light wrinkling at top edge, dust soiling to edges of text block - heavier on top of text block, light soiling to boards, light wrinkling to top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR., Bishop, James.  Foreword by Lord Blake.
4 Bishop, James. Foreword by Lord Blake. THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
London Angus & Robertson 1982 0207148260 / 9780207148262 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
144 pp, 10 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w reproductions of photographs, drawings, advertisements. "The First World War, which claimed the lives of so many men on the battlefields of the Western Front, also profoundly affected the character and everyday life of the nation at home. It was the first 'total war' and the whole country contributed to the war effort. The unrelenting demands of the trenches eventually forced the Government to introduce conscription while, for those left behind, the state intervened more and more in the lives of its citizens. Hardships increased: food and fuel were in very short supply and rationing had to be imposed in 1916. The civilian population was also directly involved in the hostilities with the bombing raids of zeppelins and aeroplanes. But the war did bring some changes for the better. The salaried classes grew, working conditions improved and the war also helped liberate women who replaced men in factories and public services, and joined the armed forces. When the armistice finally came, in November 1918, Lloyd George promised 'a fit country for heroes to live in' - though the reality proved to be less Utopian. The Illustrated London News continued to publish throughout the First World War and was supplemented by The Illustrated War News. These magazines provided a vivid pictorial chronicle of contemporary events and enable us, today, to enter into the spirit of a bygone era. (The author) has written a fascinating and fully-documented account of these momentous years, complemented by over 200 pictures from the original issues." Light edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has one tiny edge tear, light foxing at top & bottom inside edges, very light edge wrinkling, a few tiny dents and faint line indentations on front panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WELLINGTON THE GEODETIC GIANT., Bowman, Martin.
5 Bowman, Martin. WELLINGTON THE GEODETIC GIANT.
Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1998, reprint. 
168 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 1840370068 B&w photographs. "Overshadowed in history by the Lancaster and Flying Fortress, the twin-engined Vickers Wellington was in fact one of the true war-winning aeroplanes. Its geodetic constr uction, designed by Barnes Wallis, conferred immense strength coupled with light weight, and it could haul a 4,000lb 'cookie' to targets in the heart of Nazi territory. The aircraft was well liked by its crews, whose individual stories form t h e c o r e of this book. It did not have a high ceiling or an exceptional range, but it could be dived at speeds well beyond its design specification without losing a wing, as more than one crew found in the endeavour to evade a prowling night fi gh te r ! T he 'Wimpy', as it was affectionately known, served as a tactical and strategic bomber by day and night; as a maritime reconnaissance machine; as an anti-submarine aircraft; as a minelayer, as a torpedo-bomber, and as an aerial truc k , d rop pin g su ppl ies to partisan groups in occupied Europe. Drawing extensively on first-hand accounts from men who flew, or flew in, 'Wimpys', Martin Bowman here gives an unparalleled view of what the aeroplane was like - whether dropping a t orpe do a t fi ft y f eet or e vading the searchlights and the flak over the Ruhr; whether minelaying by moonlight down the Danube or chasing a U-boat with searchlight and depth charges. Also included are exciting tales of escape and evasion, whe n a ircra ft we re sh ot down and some of their crew survived to tell their stories afterwards. Above all, this is the story of the Vickers Wellington as seen by the men who flew it operationally over the deserts, oceans and mountains in virtual ly e vey th eatre of war , o ften with failed engines or unserviceable electrics and navigation equipment. Without its rugged and inspired construction, many of those men would not have lived to tell their tales." Interior - small Christmas gift inscr iption on hal f-title pag e, ot herwi se clea n and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light rubbing. Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
BRITISH AEROPLANES 1914-18., Bruce, J.M.
6 Bruce, J.M. BRITISH AEROPLANES 1914-18.
Funk & Wagnalls, New York, (1969), 2nd impression. 
742 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover (teal blue boards with gold lettering and decoration of spine) - no dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, drawings and specification tables. "This book attempts to record the British aeroplanes that flew or were designed during the war years. It therefore includes notes on several types which were designed before the war and others which did not fly until after the Armistice...Aircraft types are listed in chronological sequence (as far as that can be determined) under each manufacturer's name. The only exceptions to this arrangement are the designs of the Royal Aircraft Factory: the main classes are arranged alphabetically, and the sub-types are arranged numerically in each class..." Indexed by: Aeroplanes; Engines; Manufacturers (Part I - Aircraft Manufacturers, Part II - Engine Manufacturers). Gift inscription and previous owners info. on front free endpaper, minor soiling on rear endpapers. Light edge wear to boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny tear at top of spine, boards are rubbed/faintly scratched and have a few small areas of discoloration/soiling. VG- 
Price: 115.00 USD
 
 
ROUND THE WORLD., Butler, Frank Hedges.
7 Butler, Frank Hedges. ROUND THE WORLD.
London T. Fisher Unwin 1924 First Edition Hard Cover Good- No Jacket 
269 pp + 2 pp publisher's advertising, 9" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering & decoration on spine and front board. Illustrated with numerous b&w photographs (collated). The author was the founder of the Royal Aero Club (1901) and the first Hon. Treasurer of the Royal Automobile Club (1897) and wrote two previous books - "Fifty Years of Travel by Land, Water and Air" and "Through Lapland with Skis and Reindeer". Chaper headings for "Round the World": The Voyage Out; From America to Hawaii; Pictures of the Pacific Islands; A Visit to Japan; Japanese Entertainment and the Drama; Korea and the Inland Sea; Through China to Hong-Kong; A Taste of the Jungle; Home Matters; From London to Brazil; The Falkland Isles; The Tip of South America; The Lands of the Incas; The Panama Canal; Cuba: How Tobacco is Grown; The National Game of Pelota; Florida Modernized; The Paradise of Fishermen; In the Track of the Ancient Voyagers; How We Lost Java; The Industries and Resources of Java; Travelling in Java; A Palace Ceremony; The Borobudur Temple; Java: Town and Country; The Island of Bali; The Ritual of Cremation; From Bali to Australia and New Zealand through Torres Straits and the Great Barrier Reef; Maori Land; The South Sea Islands; Back to Civilization; Appendices: Suggestions for an EmpireTourist Bureau; By Air to Lausanne; Index. Very light browning on free endpapers, previous owner's name in ink and faint erased pencil writing marks on front free endpaper, small edge tear on page leaf 259/260 - archivally taped, light browning to edges of text block, very light soiling on top of text block, light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine with two tiny tears at top, one small corner bump, scattered small water stains and a few light stains on front board with some color loss - plus a tiny water stain on rear board. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
AERODYNAMICS OF THE AEROPLANE., Cowley, W.L.
8 Cowley, W.L. AERODYNAMICS OF THE AEROPLANE.
London Thomas Nelson & Sons 1943 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
201 pp, 7 3/8" H. Blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold lettering and winged lion emblem on front board. Part of the Nelson's Aeroscience Manuals series. 42 b&w figures (collated). Contents: Sustentation of Aeroplanes; The Aerofoil; The Complete Aeroplane; The Propeller; The Aeroplane in Steady Flight; Aerodynamic Measurements - I Model Tests; Aerodynamic Measurements - II Full-scale Tests; Fluid Motion - Aerofoil Theory; Fluid Motion; Vibrations in Aircraft; Answers; Index. Light browning to edges of text block, tiny bump to fore-edge of rear board, light wrinkling at top of spine, small crease at top corner of front free endpaper. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wrinkling, browning to spine and flap-folds, small indentation on flap-folds and on spine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
DECEPTION IN WORLD WAR II., Cruickshank, Charles.
9 Cruickshank, Charles. DECEPTION IN WORLD WAR II.
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979. 
248 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 019215849X B&w photographs. "Dr. Cruickshank's is the first book to draw on newly-released (British) material, as well as the papers covering both American and German deception lodged in Was hington. He reveals a fascinating story of brilliant and sometimes ingenious ploys - the deployment of fake tanks, aeroplanes, and even soldiers; the phoney bases and aerodromes which looked real from the air; the build-up of troops and equ i p m e n t t o suggest an attack when none was planned; simulating the noise of battle; the continuous traffic of false radio signals; rigging the stock-market in neutral countries; the deliberate 'indiscretions' by British diplomats abroad; and t he s pr ea di ng of misleading information by MI5 double agents. Such techniques played a vital part in preventing the German invasion of Britain in 1940, in the preparations for the crucial battle of El Alamein, in misleading the enemy about th e A lli ed inv asi ons of Italy and North Africa, and, most important of all, in fooling the Germans about the time and the place of the long-expected Allied invasion of Europe. But (the author) also brings out the many pathetic and sometimes laug habl e fa ilu res of d ecep t ion strategy - for example, the commando 'reconnaissance' raids which, despite all their best efforts, failed to attract the attention of the German coastal patrols. More soberly, he tells of recurrent mistrust and la ck of coor dina tion betw een t he All ies on deception policy." Dust jacket has minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
TEST PILOT., Duke, Neville.  In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell.
10 Duke, Neville. In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell. TEST PILOT.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817631 / 9780948817632 New Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
195 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). First published in 1953, "(T)his new edition has an additional chapter covering Neville Duke's flying life from that date, and also has appendices and index, not included in the earlier book, together with a completely new selection of photographs." "The name of Neville Duke is well-known in aviation circles, not only as a successful wartime fighter pilot, but also as a peacetime test pilot with the Hawker Aviation Company. Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, he found himself as a young fighter pilot with the crack 93 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, in 1941. Towards the end of the war he became an RAF test pilot and later a member of the RAF's High Speed Flight. This was the start of a successful career as a test pilot after leaving the Service in 1948, having been awarded the AFC. Working for Hawkers, he became Chief Test Pilot and did all the major flight development on one of the most famous of all RAF peacetime aircraft - the Hawker Hunter, and with it took the world speed record in 1953. Injured in a Hunter crash two years later, he was forced to leave Hawkers but continued to fly and later set up his own test flying business, as well as becoming the personal pilot of Sir George Dowty. He is now a freelance and still a highly respected test pilot, working on the Optica, Fieldmaster and Firemaster aeroplanes." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TEST PILOT., Duke, Neville.  In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell.
11 Duke, Neville. In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell. TEST PILOT.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817631 / 9780948817632 New Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
195 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). First published in 1953, "(T)his new edition has an additional chapter covering Neville Duke's flying life from that date, and also has appendices and index, not included in the earlier book, together with a completely new selection of photographs." "The name of Neville Duke is well-known in aviation circles, not only as a successful wartime fighter pilot, but also as a peacetime test pilot with the Hawker Aviation Company. Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, he found himself as a young fighter pilot with the crack 93 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, in 1941. Towards the end of the war he became an RAF test pilot and later a member of the RAF's High Speed Flight. This was the start of a successful career as a test pilot after leaving the Service in 1948, having been awarded the AFC. Working for Hawkers, he became Chief Test Pilot and did all the major flight development on one of the most famous of all RAF peacetime aircraft - the Hawker Hunter, and with it took the world speed record in 1953. Injured in a Hunter crash two years later, he was forced to leave Hawkers but continued to fly and later set up his own test flying business, as well as becoming the personal pilot of Sir George Dowty. He is now a freelance and still a highly respected test pilot, working on the Optica, Fieldmaster and Firemaster aeroplanes." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
12 Evans, Ray, Jr. & Klein, Alfred M. Edited by William J. De Grouchy. (Donald W. Douglas, Colonel Clarence M. Young, William T. Brotherton, William B. Stout, J.C. Reichelderfer, Dr. C.B. Jolliffe, David C. Lilienthal.) SCIENCE IS IN THE AIR: AN INSPIRATIONAL TEXTBOOK TOLD ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY IN PICTURES.
New York Street and Smith 1947 Soft Cover Very Good - Ray Evans Jr. & Robert Powell. 
160 pp, 7 3/4" H. Contents: Introduction; The Airplane Motor; Future of the Airplane; Why an Airplane Flies; How Fast Can an Airplane Fly; How to Land an Airplane; Making Flying Safe; Flying's Latest Safety Devices; Jet Propulsion; Helicopters; Why the Flying Wing; The Flying Wing: The Story of Jack Northrup; Let's Get Back to Fundamentals; Watch the Clouds; What Do You Know About Clouds; Meteorology; The Story of the Compass; Air Maps and Their Uses; The Future of Radio; Radar; Beyond Radar; Peacetime Uses of Atomic Energy; Atomic Peace; Index. Incorporates articles by experts such as Donald W. Douglas (Douglas Aircraft), William T. Brotherton (Ryan Aeronautical) and Dr. C.B. Jolliffe (R.C.A Laboratories) with b&w cartoon-style illustrations to explain some of the science behind mid-20th century aviation. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor tiny scuff mark on fore-edge of text block, light edge wear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
RICHTHOFEN., Ferko, A.E.  Foreword by J.M. Bruce.
13 Ferko, A.E. Foreword by J.M. Bruce. RICHTHOFEN.
Berkhamsted Albatros 1995 0948414840 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
80 pp, 11 11/16" H, stapled in wraps. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, 2 pages of colour aircraft profiles. "Few fighting men of any nation, indeed of any modern war, have attained the near legendary status of Germany's WWI 'ace of aces' Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen. Who has not heard of 'The Red Baron' and his equally famous Fokker Triplane? In this candid reassessment of the man, respected WWI aviation writer A E Ferko separates facts from fiction, offering fresh insights into von Richthofen's character as well as presenting many accepted facts about the airman's life and career in a completely new light. The author supports the narrative with over 200 photographs from his own extensive archive and while some are familiar, others published for the first time will surprise even the most informed followers of the von Richthofen story. To complement the contents there are detailed color plates depicting a selection of aeroplanes flown by von Richthofen, several of which have never been illustrated before. The result of many years' study of original German documents and personal correspondence, (this) is an important and valuable addition to WWI aviation literature ." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, minor rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
14 Fredette, Raymond H. Introduction by Tom D. Crouch. Foreword by Hanson W. Baldwin. Afterword by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Slessor. THE SKY ON FIRE: THE FIRST BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1917-1918 AND THE BIRTH OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE.
Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., 1991, reprint. 
289 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 1560980168 B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. "World War I in the air is popularly recalled as a romance of dawn patrols and chivalrous duels between Spads and Fokkers over the Western Front. All but forgotten a re the day and night raids German airmen carried out against England with large bombers during 1917-1918. Based on firsthand accounts from British and German sources, (this book) explores all aspects of the first systematic strategic air cam p a i g n i n history, including the impact it had on the strategy and conduct of World War II. The daring airmen who pioneered this new mode of warfare flew twin-engined Gotha and Giant bombers. Their raids on London spurred the British to creat e th e Ro ya l A ir Force, the world's first independent air service, and the London Air Defense Area. Except for some technological refinements, notably radar, it was essentially the same air defense system that was to serve Britain so well in Wo rl dWa r II. " In ter ior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, very light rubbing with a few tiny scuffs, soft corner creases on front cover, minor soiling. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
15 Gibbs-Smith, C.H. Foreword By Sir Geoffrey De Havilland. A HISTORY OF FLYING.
London B. T. Batsford 1953 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
304 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, drawings. "From Icarus to the threshold of the interplanetary rocket is the span covered (in this book). (D)escribes the development of gliding and ballooning, of the airship and the aeroplane, in terms of writers, inventors and airmen such as Leonardo da Vinci, Borelli, De Lana, Cayley, the Montfolfier Brothers, Blanchard, Stringfellow, Lilienthal, the Wright Brothers and Bleriot. The author is equally interested in the 'historical trivia of the air', as he calls them: the romantic fantasies, the eccentric inventions, the reckless adventurers and the senseless tragedies which form a continuing background to his story." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, previous owner's name in ink on front free endpaper, slight fading to top of text block color near spine, tiny dent to bottom edge of both boards, small shallow bump to fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wrinkling with light edge wear - mainly at top edge and bottom of spine, slight soiling and rubbing, light browning to spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE OBSERVER'S BASIC BOOK OF AIRCRAFT - MILITARY., Green, William.  Silhouettes by Dennis Punnett.
16 Green, William. Silhouettes by Dennis Punnett. THE OBSERVER'S BASIC BOOK OF AIRCRAFT - MILITARY.
Frederick Warne, London, (1968), reprint. 
272 pp, 5 3/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs and silhouettes. "The most compact reference source to the entire spectrum of today's military aircraft...illustrates the vast majority of the aeroplanes serving with the world's air forces and naval air arms, from attack bombers to assault transports; from strike fighters to support helicopters...comparison silhouette drawings are provided to enable differing versions of one basic aircraft design to be readily compared, and in addition to no fewer than 406 individual drawings and 140 photographs, the reader will find an enormous wealth of information, much of which has remained previously unpublished, concerning the production status of each aircraft type, quantities built of each version, the air arms by which it is used, its characteristics and its history." Interior - book slightly cracked at pages 208/9, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small bump to top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, moderate rubbing, light browning to spine and flap-folds, light water stain on half of spine, several very small chips and tears . VG-/Fair 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
17 Haining, Peter, compiler. (Sir Ralph Sorley, 'Johnnie' Johnson, Eric Marrs, John Allen, 'Gun Buster', Gavin Lyall, Ronald Adams, Charles Gardner, Sir Douglas Bader, Brian Kingcome, R.F. Hamlyn, Quentin Reynolds, Adolf Galland, H.E. Bates, et al.) THE SPITFIRE LOG: A TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER PLANE.
Futura, London, 1990, reprint. 
160 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. B&w illustrations. ISBN 0708844383 "On 6 March 1936 was born one of the most famous and best-loved aeroplanes the world has ever known, the Spitfire. Just four years later its courageous young RAF pilots became the heroes of the Battle of Britain as they repelled the Luftwaffe attack. When, at the heigh of the conflict, supplies of metal for new Spitfires ran short, thousands of people donated old pots and pans for the sake of the gallant fighter. Today the Spitfire is still remembered with affection by all who flew in her. This tribute brings together a fascianting collection of writings by men who flew or admired her, from the top Allied flying ace of the Second World War, Air Vice Marshal 'Johnnie' Johnson, to his German counterpart, General Major Adolf Galland, and from such illustrious names as H.E. Bates, Richard Hillary, Lord Beaverbrook and Richard Dimbleby. As well as thrilling accounts of aerial combat the book includes a Battl e o f B r itain chronology, a list of the twenty Spitfire squadrons and their bases, the plane's specifications, the story of its creation and a list of museums where Spitfires can now be seen." Interior - light cigarette odor, very light brownin g t o pa g es , otherwise clean and tight with no previous owner's marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of text block, minor edge wear, soft crease at top of front cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE SPITFIRE LOG:  A 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER PLANE., Haining, Peter.
18 Haining, Peter. THE SPITFIRE LOG: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER PLANE.
Souvenir Press, (London, 1989) reprint. 
144 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Illustratedwith b & w photos., drawings and maps. ISBN 0285627163 On March 6th, 1936 one of the most famous & best-loved aeroplanes the world has ever known was born. This lavishly illustrated tribute brin gs together a fascinating collection of writings by men who flew or admired the Spitfire. One slight corner bump. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - heavier at top of rear fla p - f o l d . Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES., King, Peter.
19 King, Peter. KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1989. 
544 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0877452652 "(The) story of the men who spent their youth designing and building England's first flying-machines: the men who pioneered the British aircraft industry. Some of their airc raft have achieved immortality - the legendary Pup, Camel, Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. But of the men who designed and built them, men like Frederick Handley Page, Tommy Sopwith, George Holt Thomas and Geoffrey de Havilland, perhaps o n l y R o l ls and Royce are still household names. These pioneers of aviation development began to build their empires during Worl;d War I, although several of them crashed during the bleak period that followed. World War II revived their fortun es , as so me ho w they met the challenge of enormously increased production and helped save England from invasion. They tested the early jets and speedily built the first post-war jet airliner. But already they were making errors which would res ult i n b a nkr upt cie s, forced mergers and foreign takeovers. Peter King describes the knight in all their glamour, skill, idiosyncrasy, greed, flair and desire for power. Quotations from previously unpublished papers, from colleagues and cont empo rar ies, a nd f rom cust omers (governments, the British Air Force, commercial airlines) for the first time describe how wilful they could be, as well as how brilliantly enterprising and entertaining." Slight wrinkling at bottom of spine, min or so ilin g on bot tom o f te xt bl ock. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
20 Magoun, F. Alexander and Hodgins, Eric. A HISTORY OF AIRCRAFT.
New York Whittlesey House / McGraw-Hill 1931 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ 
495 pp, 9 1/4" H. Dark blue cloth with silver lettering/airplane on spine, silver airplane on front board. B&w photographs, reproductions. Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Balloons and Parachutes (The First Twenty Centuries / The Invention of the "Globes Aerostatiques" / Historic Early Flights / The Balloon's Greatness and Decline / Parachutes); Navigable Balloons and Airships (Early Attempts at Navigation / Cayley and Those Who Followed / The Creation of the Practical Airship / Count Zeppelin and the Ridgid Airship); Ornithopters (Attempts to Fly by Means of Flapping Wings); Helicopters (The Problem of Vertical Flight); Gliders (Heavier-than-air Man-carrying Flight without Power); Airplanes (Early Experiments with Heavier-than-air Flight / Langley and the Wright Brothers / The Airplane Establishes Itself / The Effect of War on Aviation / Significant Flights Since the War / The Present); Appendix: Condensed Table of Records; Bibliography; Chronology of Flight; Index. Very light browning in page margins, tiny to small bump at top corner of approx. pages 160 to 410, browning to edges of text block, small area of shelf soiling on bottom of text block, three small edge bumps on rear board, two corner bumps on front board, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light wear at edges, spine is slightly twisted and has slight color fading. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
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