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New York: Bantam Books, 1978. First Paperbk Edition. pocket paperbk, 338, wraps, illus., fold-out color frontis illus., text somewhat darkened, covers somewhat soiled and edges worn Douglas Bader was a British fighter pilot who lost both legs in an air crash. After his accident he became a top ace in the Battle of Britain.
Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 384 pages. Frontis Illustration. Illustrations (maps, drawings and photographs). Appendices (including Chronology of Autogiro Development, Type Numbers, Production List, and Production Numbers). Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. DJ has some wear and soiling, and is in a plastic sleeve. The author, a deeply experienced pilot, served on an aircraft carrier in WWII, and later worked for British Aerospace, He was the first International Fellow of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. He has focused as a writer and lecturer on aviation history. Autogiro, also spelled autogyro, rotary-wing aircraft, superseded after World War II by the more efficient helicopter. It employed a propeller for forward motion and a freely rotating, unmotorized rotor for lift. In searching for an aircraft that could be slowed down in flight and landed vertically, experimenters built many prototypes that were difficult to control in flight.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1960. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 92,  pages. Illustrations. Index. DJ flaps cut off & pasted ins front board & flyleaf, library stamps & partial due slip, large rough spot inside rear board large pencil "D"s written inside flyleaves and rear board, boards and spine quite soiled and spotted, library call number on front board, some wear to spine edges, library stamps on fore-edge, some soiling to text. Foreword by Lieutenant General J. H. Atkinson, Commander, Air Defense Command. This book follows the activities of a U.S. Air Force missileman in text and photographs. The author was a veteran journalist who was a staff writer and aviation expert for Newsday. He was a member of the editorial staff of Newsday that was awarded the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Air Force Association and the Armed Forces Writers League.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. First Printing. Hardcover. 446,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Bob Buck was for a time the youngest licensed pilot in the United States and in 1930, at age 16, he broke the junior transcontinental speed record in a Pitcairn Mailwing. Because the age requirement for licensing was soon raised to 17, his record stands to this day. Bob went on to a career at TWA, flying as Captain in everything from the DC-2 to the 747. Bob became chief pilot of TWA in 1945, accepted delivery of the airline’s first Constellation, and flew the first TWA revenue flight in a 747. His book “Weather Flying” remains a best seller on that subject and his memoir “North Star over My Shoulder” was published in 2005. He was a steady contributor to Air Facts and to The Reader’s Digest. He died in 2007 at the age of 93.