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AVIATION HISTORY

AVIATION HISTORY

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1 BACON, GERTRUDE How Men Fly
London Cassell 1911 
First Edition. Illustrated with thirteen black & white photographs (including one with the ‘Beta' airship) and six diagrams. With a front cover illustration of the early French aviator Roger Sommer at the controls of his Farman biplane with Gertrude Bacon as his passenger. In August of 1909 Ms. Bacon became the first reported English woman to fly, at Rheims with Sommer piloting; the story of which is included in this book. A used and lightly foxed copy with 1” pieces missing from the top and bottom of the spine and with some occasional pitting to the cloth, mostly on the rear board, and some wear to the extremities without dust jacket as issued. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2 KING, JOHN Warbirds Around the World. Photographs by John King, Philip Makanna & Gordon Bain (ISBN: 1877186724 / 1-877186-72-4)
New Zealand Saint Publishing 1999 
First Edition. Paperbound. Signed by one of the photographers, Philip Makanna, in ink on the front cover, which is one of his photographs. Illustrated. Fine copy in printed wrappers. A chronicle of military aircraft, including trainers, transport and communications aircraft, bombers and attack aircraft, and fighters. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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3 RATHBUN, JOHN B Aeroplanes. Construction, Operation, and Maintenance
Chicago John R. Stanton Co. 
Trans-Atlantic Edition. Illustrated with many drawings and photographs. Very good lightly used copy with some slight offsetting to the endpapers and light wear to the extremities with some rubbing to the spine without dust jacket. With much added information about Charles Lindbergh's famous cross-Atlantic flight and his aircraft's construction. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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4 RICKENBACKER, CAPT. EDWARD V Fighting the Flying Circus
New York Frederick A. Stokes 1919 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker: “In appreciation of your confidence, Capt. E.V. Rickenbacker.” Very good lightly used copy with very minor splitting at front fold and some slight darkening to the spine with a touch of fraying to the corners and with a couple of tiny tears to the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine without dust jacket. Illustrated with maps by Laurence La Tourette Driggs (who also wrote the foreword) and a frontispiece photographic portrait of Capt. Rickenbaker. The candid and engaging memoirs of Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker, Commanding Officer of the 94th Pursuit Squadron, U.S. Air Service and his experiences in France during World War I, where he distinguished himself with a brilliant and unscathed career as a master air fighter. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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5 TOLIVER, COLONEL RAYMOND F. & TREVOR J. CONSTABLE Fighter Aces
New York Macmillan 1965 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Col. Raymond Toliver, to the famous military aviator, Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker, Commanding Officer of the 94th Pursuit Squadron, U.S. Air Service known as America's “Ace of Aces” in World War I. Inscribed: “To ‘Eddie' Rickenbacker, with warmest regards and best wishes. Ray Toliver, Washington D.C., 2 November 1965.” Additionally signed and inscribed by the co-author, Trevor Constable, on the half-title: “To ‘Captain Eddie' Rickenbacker, Immortal inspiration to generations yet unborn. Trevor J. Constable.” Laid in is a blank, unsigned personal bank check from the account of William F. Rickenbacker, the son of Edward V. Rickenbacker, from the Bay Bank in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. On the verso of the check is a typed note reading: “John C. Meyer (p. 338) went on to become commanding general of SAC. He was commander of the base at Lockbourne (Ohio) when we rededicated it and named it Rickenbacker AFB in 1974. He sat next to EVR [Edward V. Rickenbacker] in 1944, I think it was, or 1945, in Columbus, at the world premiere of the movie ‘Captain Eddie'.” The reference to John C. Meyer is to a section at the end of Fighter Aces, listing flying aces of World War II, with a special additional note indicating that he was among the few pilots who also scored victories in the Korean War. The 1945 film, Captain Eddie, told the story of Rickenbacker's life and aviation achievements, and starred Fred MacMurray in the title role, with Charles Bickford as William Rickenbacker. Illustrated. Near fine bright copy with a hint of edge wear in a very good slightly dust soiled dust jacket with a faint dampstain to the bottom edge of the rear panel, barely affecting the cloth. Fighter Aces tells the story of the great military fliers who have gained the rank of ‘Ace' by scoring five or more kills in air-to-air combat. Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker is pictured on the front cover. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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