By: Sloniger, Jerrold E.

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192 pp, oblong 8vo (8 3/4" H x 11 1/4" D). B&w photographs. "From the days of landing in open corn fields with the wind at his face to blind insturment landings in a snowstorm, E.L. "Slonnie" Sloniger was behind the controls of an airplane, open cockpit or closed. Slonnie looped the loop over Nebraska, averted bandits to deliver payrolls in Mexico, and served as an aviation ambassador, inaugurating commercial flight in China. As a pursuit pilot , barnstormer, racer, test pilot, acrobatic pilot, and, ultimately, a commercial pilot, Slonnie grew with aviation. Slonnie learned to fly when he entered the heavier-than-air division of the army, because he 'just didn't want to walk', and served in the Air Service in WWI. Upon his return to the U.S., Slonnie bought his own plane, a Curtiss JN-4 'Canuck', and became a barnstormer, selling rides in small towns across the Middle Western plains. He flew for early airlines when the biggest customer was the U.S. mail and saw the beginnings of the major lines; Slonnie was the original senior pilot, Number One, for American Airlines and flew for them for twenty years. In his career he accumulated nearly 25,000 flying hours - a number matched by only a handful of his peers. (This) is Slonnie's story as told to his son during the last years of his life. Slonnie's words together with the Sloniger family's extensive photograph collection recall the details of the career of a true aviation pioneer, a pilot's pilot, during an exhilarating period in American aviation history." Very small bump at top edge of front board, several areas of light to moderate edge rubbing on boards. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine area.


Author Name: Sloniger, Jerrold E.

Categories: American History & Travel, Civil Aircraft & Aviation, Military - Aviation, Military - First World War, Military - World War II,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Charlottesville, Virginia, Howell: 1997

ISBN Number: 1574270486

ISBN Number 13: 9781574270488

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 22741

Keywords: Pilots, World War I, II, First, Second, United States Air Service, Aeronautics, Commercial, Barnstorming, Nebraska, Stunt flying, Flyers, Biplanes, Trimotors, Matson Air, Airlines, Asia, China, Acrobatics, Canuck, American, Aviators, Mail, Curtiss JN-4, E.L. Sloniger, Slonnie, Commercial Pilots, Military Pilots, Barnstormers, Test Pilots, American Airlines, Biography, american Aviation, 20th Century Aviation.,