Tallman, Frank. Preface by Ernest K. Gann. Introduction by Joe Brown.
Title FLYING THE OLD PLANES.
Publisher Doubleday, Graden City, New York, 1973.
Seller ID 23098
255 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0385091575 B&w and colour photographs. "Frank Tallman has flown them all - large and small, fragile and resilient, reliable and eccentric. And in this book, the 'King of the Stunt Pilots' takes you along, into the cockpit, on flights in twenty-five historic aircraft, from a 1909 Bleriot to the ubiquitous Flying Fortress of World War II, with a hot-air balloon and a Goodyear blimp thrown in for good measure. Using a skillful blend of prose and pictures, he demonstrates, for example, the unforgiving rudder of the Fokker Eindecker, the hazards of landing the narrow-gear Spad, the fantastic burst of power as the throttle is rammed home in the gull-winged Corsair, the speci a l c h a r m of the Maurice Farman - 'a gracious, tractable old crook'. Here, too, is the story of how Tallman rescued these grand old pioneers of flight for his collection of historic planes, the world's largest. Each detail was scrupulously s tu di e d, a nd a ll parts were checked for authenticity. His goal, in this book as well as in his collection, is to make the early days of manned flight not a group of hazy memories or dusty models in a museum, but a vivid experience of unique gra ce an d b eau ty. " Pre vious owner's name on front pastedown, wrinkling and light wear at top/bottom of spine, old tape residue at corners of free endpapers, tiny dint at top edge of front board book light cracked at pages 176/177. Dust jacket has be en pric e-cl ippe d, has light browning at edges and on hinges, small chips and tears at top/bottom of spine and hinges, minor soiling. Very Good-/Good