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FIELD ORDER #13.
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FIELD ORDER #13.

By Marquardt, George.

Circa [1995]., [1995].. Very good. - Small quarto booklet [9 inches high by approximately 7-3/4 inches high], softcover. Pictorial black-and white title page and pages 1-[11]. 2 black-and-white photographic illustrations on the last page. The bottom corners of the pages are lightly creased. Very good. A circular logo on the title page is worded "509th Composite Group. / First Atomic Bombardment". The author recounts his participation in the top secret year-long training for, and execution of, the bombing mission over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Mr. Marquardt was the aircraft commander of the B-29 #91 Necessary Evil", which carried photographic equipment and accompanied the Enola Gay.Rare in commerce.

$75.00

THE PRESERVATION OF CODY\'S TREE. (Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hants. Technical Note No. Chem 1236. November 1954).
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THE PRESERVATION OF CODY'S TREE. (Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hants. Technical Note No. Chem 1236. November 1954).

By Horridge, G. Adrian.

London: Ministry of Supply, (1954)., (1954).. Good. - Folio, 13 inches high by 8 inches wide. Softcover, bound in stapled printed tan wrappers titled in black on the front cover. The covers are creased and soiled with minor chipping to the corners. An early owner's annotation in ink on the front cover has been scratched out in pencil. 6 pages of text, including the title and table of contents, are followed by 6 pages of illustrations and a page with 4 "detachable abstract cards". The corners and edges of the pages are creased and the contents are slightly soiled. Good. "Near the main entrance to the R.A.E. stands a dead pine tree supported by a concrete plinth. A bronze plate bears the inscription 'COLONEL S.F. CODY PICKETED HIS AEROPLANE TO THIS TREE AND FROM NEAR THIS SPOT ON 16TH MAY 1908 MADE THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL OFFICIALLY RECORDED FLIGHT IN GREAT BRITAIN'. The tail of the plane was tied to the tree while the engines were tested and before each take-off, to let the engines reach full speed. Measurements were made with a spring balance tied between the tree and the tail of the British Army Aeroplane No.1 and the pitch of the spade-like propeller blades was adjusted to give maximum thrust. The tree was killed about 1920 by oil spilt or out from engines. The interest of the director Sydney Smith (1918-26) led to the erection of a circle of iron railings round the tree and a wooden board with an inscription was fastened to the trunk. In 1949 the tree was so rotten that a concrete plinth was cast around the trunk. At the same time the existing square railings were put in place." - [Quoted from the "Historical note" on page 3]."By 1953 the wood of Cody's Tree had become so rotten that it was falling to pieces under its own weight. It was decided to remove the tree, dry it, and impregnate with a transparent polyester resin. The strength of the tree is now due to the resin and steel bars in the covers of the branches. The tree is restored to its site and an annual coat of varnish will be sufficient to maintain it for many years." - [Quoted from the Summary].The American-born British aviator Samuel Franklin Cody (1867-1913) trained as a cowboy and performed in Wild West Shows before starting his experimentations with kites in England. Though he claimed to be the son of the famous Buffalo Bill Cody, there was no relation and the aviator's real name was actually Cowdery. The British Army recruited him due to his experience with "man-lifting" kites and Cowdery went on to design Britain's first areoplane. Cody's plane had already been built when the Wright's Brothers demonstrated their flight and, six weeks later, Cody followed suit. Cody's October 16th, 1908 flight, taking to the skies in his British Army Aeroplae No.1, was the first official sustained and controlled flight of a heavier-than-air plane in Britain.RARE.

$350.00

TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, GENERAL HORACE M. WADE.
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, GENERAL HORACE M. WADE.

By Wade, Horace M. (1916-2001). General in the U.S. Air Force (1937-1973) who was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the the U.S. Air Force in May 1972.

Washington, DC: January 12th, 1973.. 1973.. Fine. - 100 words typed on a cream-colored, 10-1/2 inch high by 9 inch wide sheet of "Department of the Air Force, Office of the Chief of Staff" letterhead with the address and the Department of Defense seal printed in blue at the top. Signed "H. M. Wade". The bottom right corner is lightly bumped. Folded twice for mailing. Near fine. <p>Wade replies to a letter from Congressman Seymour Halpern soliciting his personal thoughts on achieving a lasting world peace. Wade assures Halpern of his desire for a just and lasting world peace, "however, although your request was for my personal 'views or formulas,' any comments by me on this critically important subject through other than official channels would be highly inappropriate...."<p>Horace Milton Wade [1916-2001] saw active service in World War II and the Vietnam War. In 1968 he was designated commander in chief, United States Air Forces in Europe and was promoted to general. The following year he was appointed chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and in 1972 he became Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force--the post he held when this letter was written.<p>The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co- sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.

$95.00

FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT JAMES W. EMPEY.
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FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT JAMES W. EMPEY.

By Empey, James W. (1924-2013). World War II ace fighter pilot at 20 years old.

Phoenix, AZ: September 3, 1991.. 1991.. Fine. - A white 3-5/8 inch high by 6-1/2 inch wide envelope is illustrated with an image of a bombed battleship & a rescue boat at Pearl Harbor titled "Commemorating World War II / 1941: A World at War" with an Atlantic Charter postage stamp. Signed "Lt/Col James W. Empey" on the address panel. Fine <p>World War II fighter pilot James W. Empey [1924-2013] became an ace at the young age of 20 when he shot down five German aircraft within a month in 1944. After the war he returned to the United States and became a training instructor. He subsequently attended the Air Force's experimental test pilot school and in 1962 was sent to Oklahoma State University to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and flew missions throughout that war, retiring from the Air Force in 1972 as lieutenant colonel. During his years of service he was awarded the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a total of 27 Air Medals. He was also inducted into the Commemorative Air Force American Combat Airman Hall of Fame in 2009.

$20.00

FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT KENNETH R. "BUD" POOL.
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FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT KENNETH R. "BUD" POOL.

By Pool, Kenneth R. "Bud". (1923-2011). World War II Ace fighter pilot.

Carmel, NY: March 25, 1975.. 1975.. Fine. - A white 3-5/8 inch high by 6-1/2 inch wide envelope is illustrated with a color portrait of Sybil Ludington headed "Contributors to the cause during the American Revolution". With two Sybil Ludington postage stamps. Signed " Bud Pool / 35th Fighter Sqdn" on the address panel. Near fine. <p>Kenneth R. "Bud" Pool [1923-2011] was an Ace fighter pilot in World War II. At the age of 19 he graduated from flight training and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He entered combat with the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group at Finschaven, New Guinea in January 1944. After several earlier victories, he became an ace that November when he shot down a Nakajima Ki-61 Hien while flying from an airfield on Morotai. After two years in the Pacific he completed his combat tour in February 1945. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, four Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Medals.

$25.00

FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II AND KOREAN WAR FIGHTER PILOT BROOKS J. LILES.
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FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II AND KOREAN WAR FIGHTER PILOT BROOKS J. LILES.

By Liles, Brooks "Pappy" J. (1923-2008). World War II and Korean War fighter pilot.

Lexington, VA: October 24, 1967.. 1967.. Fine. - A 3-5/8 inch high by 6-1/2 inch wide First Day Cover in the "Prominent American Series" with a stamp, portrait and vignette portraying George C. Marshall. Signed "Brooks J. Liles / Lt. Col. USAF". Near fine. <p>As a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot in World War II, Brooks "Pappy" Liles [1923- 2008] was hit by ground fire after shooting down an enemy aircraft. He crashed near Prague, Czechoslovakia and both Liles and a fellow pilot who attempted to rescue him were captured and held prisoner until the end of the war. Returning to service in Korea, Liles was credited with shooting down four Mig-15s, thus becoming a U.S. Air Force Ace. He retired in 1965 as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.

$75.00

AIRPLANE STRUCTURES. Technical Manual No. 1-410.

By (Chief of the Air Corps; director).

Washington, DC: War Department, 1940.. 1940.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed tan wraps. The wraps are lightly bumped & soiled & the spine & extremities are faded. There are handwritten initials along the top of the front wrap. 132 pages. Black-and-white photographic illustrations & diagrams. There is a small area of light dampstaining to the fore-edge & to the front edges of the pages in the rear three-quarters of the manual. There is also a small area of light dampstaining to the top edge with minor rippling to the top edges of the pages. Good.

$10.00

[BALLOONING]: A LOT OF 4 BRIGHT HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPHS DEPICTING NINETEENTH CENTURY BALLOONING: "DESCENT NEAR PHILADELPHIA, PHIL., 1850"; "THE VAUXHALL BALLOON, PHIL., 1850"; "DESCENT NEAR EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA"; AND 'MR. COCKING'S PARACHUTE, PHIL., 1850"
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[BALLOONING]: A LOT OF 4 BRIGHT HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPHS DEPICTING NINETEENTH CENTURY BALLOONING: "DESCENT NEAR PHILADELPHIA, PHIL., 1850"; "THE VAUXHALL BALLOON, PHIL., 1850"; "DESCENT NEAR EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA"; AND 'MR. COCKING'S PARACHUTE, PHIL., 1850"

By (FAR Gallery)

New York: FAR Gallery, 1949.. 1949.. Fine. - sc 4 fine bright hand-colored lithographs depicting events in the history and birth of flight. Each of these beautiful prints is lithographed on 8 inch high by 5-1/2 inch wide cardstock. There is a little minor smudging at the bottom of the lithograph depicting "The Vauxhall Balloon", else the prints are in fine condition. <p>The images respectively depict:<p>The "Descent near Philadelphia, Phil., 1850" of a single pink balloon topped with a red & yellow floral accent and horizontal red stripe. A yellow and blue flag and the American flag fly from either side of the yellow gondola wich carries a single person.<p>"The Vauxhall Balloon, Phil., 1850" depicts a single red & yellow striped balloon. Two flags fly from the sides of the purple ribboned gondola carrying 6 people.<p>The "Descent Near Easton, Pennsylvania" depicts a shredded dark & light blue balloon. The basket gondola, carries a single man who holds out his top hat. American flags fly from both sides of the gondola.<p>"Mr. Cocking's Parachute, Phil., 1850" depicts the Nasau balloon with Cocking's parachute attached at the bottom. A watercolorist and amateur scientist, Robert Cocking designed his parachute based on that of Garnerin's. The blue & yellow striped balloon, which ascended from London's Vauxhall Gardens in 1837, carries 2 passengers in its gondola. The yellow, red and blue inverted cone parachute, attached under the balloon's gondola, carried Cocking aloft in its own basket gondola. Cocking's experiment ended in tragedy. Releasing his parachute at a height of 5,000 feet, it failed due to a mechanical error and Cocking plummeted to his death.<p>A rare group of prints, examples of which are housed at the National Air and Space Museum.

$150.00

FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEMENTARY FLIGHT MANEUVERS. U.S. Department of Commerce / Civil Aeronautics Administration / Civil Aeronautics Bulletin No. 32

By (Civil Aeronautics Administration)

Washington, DC: (Government Printing Office), 1943.. 1943.. Good. - sc Quarto [10-1/2 inches high by 8 inches wide], printed gray cover sheets bound with 3 brass studs. The edges of the cover sheets are faded with the top inner corners chipped. There is an owner's name & address stamp on the front cover sheet. Title, [iii] & 66 pages. The same owner's name & address stamp appears on the title page. Illustrated with black-and- white diagrams & cartoons. Good.

$20.00

HYDROMATIC QUICK-FEATHERING PROPELLERS / PARTS CATALOG. No. 143. (Cover title)

By (Hamilton Standard Propellers)

East Hartford, CT: Hamilton Standard Propellers, (1944).. (1944).. Very good. - sc Quarto [11 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide]. The contents are bound between dark green stiff paper cover sheets with a metal ring binder. The cover sheets are slightly rubbed & bumped. 111 pages. There is an owner's address stamp on the front endpaper. Numerous black-and-white illustrations & tables. Very good.

$15.00

AIRPLANE INSPECTION GUIDE. Technical Manual No. 1-415. Prepared under the direction of the Chief of the Air Corps

By (Chief of the Air Corps)

Washington, DC: War Department, 1941.. 1941.. Fair. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed tan wraps. The wraps are lightly dampstained with some creasing. The notation "T.F.P.U., - S.E.A.C.T.C." is handwritten in ink on the front wrap. 113 pages. The top corners of the pages are dampstained & their top edges are rippled. Good only.

$10.00

OVERHAUL MANUAL FOR THE WRIGHT CYCLONE 14 AIRCRAFT ENGINES: Models C14A and C14B

By (Wright Aeronautical Corporation)

Paterson, NJ: Wright Aeronautical Corporation, 1941.. 1941.. Good. - Quarto [11-1/2 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide], limp brown cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & spine. The binding is rubbed with some white staining to the front cover & a small white stain to the rear cover. xviii pages plus separately numbered sections, 7 diagrams including 6 folding, blanks for notes & a 17-page index. There are some small stains to the rear endpaper & a small area of its surface is rubbed away. The bottom corners of the first few leaves are creased. Black-and-white illustrations and diagrams. Good. <p>Second printing.

$50.00

PHYSIOLOGY OF FLIGHT: Human Factors in the Operation of Military Aircraft. AAF Manual No. 25-2. This manual replaces manual of the same title published in 1942 by Aero Medical Laboraory, Engineering Division, Air Technical Service Command, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Published by Authority of Headquarters, Army Air Forces, Washington 25, D. C. (Cover title)

By (Air Technical Service)

(Dayton, OH: Air Technical Service Command), 15 March 1945.. 15 March 1945.. Good. - Small quarto [10-7/8 inches high by 8-3/8 inches wide], softcover with the contents stapled between printed gray cover sheets. Three holes are punched in the left margins of the cover sheets & contents. There are a few small stains to the cover sheets & their edges are darkened. The bottom corner of the front wrap is bumped & there is a short tear to its front edge with a very small area of the surface rubbed away There is a tear & crease to the inner edge of the rear cover sheet. iv & 94 pages with an errata sheet laid in. Black-and-white illustrations, diagrams & graphs. Good.

$20.00

AIRCRAFT ENGINES. Technical Manual No. 1-405. War Department, Washington, November 4, 1940. Prepared under the direction of the Chief of the Air Corps

By (Chief of the Air Corps)

(Washington, DC: War Department, 1940).. 1940).. Very good. - Octavo, printed tan wraps. The wraps are lightly soiled & bumped, & slightly faded along the spine. The initials "T.F.P.U., -- S.E.A.C.T.C." are handwritten on the front wrap. Approximately 60 pages plus index [page numbering is irregular]. Illustrated with black-and-white diagrams & photographic illustrations. The page corners are lightly creased. Very good.

$20.00

AIRCRAFT ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS. War Department / Technical Manual / Restricted TM 1-406. April 16, 1942. (Cover title)

By (War Department)

(Washington, DC: War Department, 1942).. 1942).. Good. - Octavo, printed tan wraps. The wraps are lightly bumped. The front wrap is soiled with an owner's ink initials in the top corner. Approximately 108 pages plus index [page numbering is irregular]. Illustrated with black- and-white diagrams & photographic illustrations. The top sections of the pages are rippled. The first page is torn at the staples & its top edge is lightly stained. Good.

$20.00

RIDERS OF THE WINDS

By Shenton, Edward

Philadelphia, PA: Macrae Smith Company, (1929).. (1929).. Good. - Octavo, pictorial blue cloth with an illustration in blue & gilt on the front cover. The binding is rubbed & bumped with a stain to the rear cover. The spine & adjacent edges of the covers are faded & there is fraying to the joints. The spine is spotted with the head & tail chipped. 204 pages. Color pictorial title, color plates and black-and-white vignettes & textual illustrations by the author. There is an owner's ink name & address on the flyleaf & there is occasional light soiling. Good only.

$10.00

COMBAT AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II. Two Volumes in One

By Bavousett, Glenn B

New York: Bonanza Books, (1989).. (1989).. Very good. - Small oblong quarto [8-3/4 inches high by 11-1/4 inches wide], cloth in a price-clipped dust wrapper. There are a few small stains to the covers & the rear cover is rubbed. There is a light stain to the front panel of the dust jacket. iv, [i] & 79 pages plus a large section of full-page color illustrations after paintings by Tony Weddel. Very good. <p>Reprint edition.

$10.00

LE CHEVALIER DE L'AIR: VIE HEROIQUE DE GUYNEMER. Par Henry Bordeaux

By (Guynemer, Georges). Bordeaux, Henry

Paris: Plon-Nourrit et Cie., 1918.. 1918.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed white wraps with pictorial decorations in light green and titled in gilt & green on the front cover & spine. The book is housed in a marbled folding tray case backed with a blue morocco spine with gilt lettering. The covers are slightly foxed with minor chips to the edges and to the head and tail of the spine. The corners of the case are slightly rubbed. 320 pages, illustrated with a portrait frontispiece. The pages are darkened. There is a previous owner's name on the title page. Good in a handsome case. <p>The 17th thousand, published the same year as the first edition.

$75.00

PARACHUTING

By Dixon, Charles

London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., [circa 1930s].. [circa 1930s].. Very good. - Octavo, navy blue cloth titled in gilt on the spine. The binding is lightly rubbed. viii & 226 pages. The front panel of the dust jacket is mounted on the front endpaper. There is scattered light foxing. Many black- and-white photographic illustrations. Very good.

$25.00

GEORGES GUYNEMER: KNIGHT OF THE AIR. Translated from the French by Louise Morgan Sill. With an Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt

By (Dwiggins, W.A.). Bordeaux, Henry

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1918.. 1918.. Very good. - Octavo, pictorial teal boards titled in gilt and illustrated in blue on the front cover & the spine. A small three-paneled paper label is mounted between the title and the author's name on the spine. The covers are slightly rubbed and soiled. 256 pages, illustrated with a color frontispiece portrait by Rudolph Ruzicka and 4 black & white plates by W.A. Dwiggins. A very good attractive copy. <p>First American edition. From the library of the World War One naval aviator Charles Frederic Beach, signed by him on the front endpaper.<p>Laid in at the front is a typed form letter signed by the founder of the Yale University Press, George Parmly Day, presenting the book to a classmate of Ensign Curtis Seaman Read, in his memory.

$125.00

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