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Miscellaneous

  • WWII Pacific Map - Yap Islands - 1944

    Air Facilities & Potential Airfield Sites, YAP ISLANDS (Caroline Islands).  Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Areas, 31 March 1944.  13 x 14", originally folded.  Topo map with harbors in detail.  Shows one airfield under construction and two other potential sites, also an emergency seaplane harbor.  Light toning but generally very good.  Marked CONFIDENTIAL.  Colorful; would display nicely.

    $85.00
    $85.00
    17-MISC-00011
  • WWI Balloon School Dance Program

    Small (3.5 x 5") folding dance program for the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, Fort Omaha, Nebr. No date but clearly 1918 at this famous USAS Balloon School.  Inside is printed "Program" and 20 spaces to be filled in.  Sixteen are pencilled with annotations like:  MM, I. Goodman, M.May, Miss Kendall, Mae...then "Red Head and Blondey"!  Back is "Omaha Printing Company".  Some light dust and a water stain on the back not affecting content.  Flag on the front is wonderful; raised embossing is highly detailed.  Oh how I wish to be a fly on the wall!

    $15.00
    $15.00
    17-MISC-00010
  • Alexander de Seversky's Application to American Fighter Aces Assoc.

    Original signed application by famous WWI Russian Ace and aviation visionary Alexander P. de Seversky for membership in the American Fighter Aces Association.  Application is dated 17 April 1969.  De Seversky lists 13 victories with Russian Aviation in WWI.  A rare document from an eventual advisor to the Chief of Staff, USAF.  (I met de Seversky in about 1962-63 while I was a cadet at USAFA and he was a motivational speaker.  I went back stage and he signed my copy of his book, Victory Through Air Power.)

    $125.00
    $125.00
    17-MISC-00010
  • WWI Flechette w/Propaganda Stamps

    Similar to the WWI flechette listed below (17-MISC-00005) with the following differences:  size the same but the tip is slightly rounded instead of a straight (conical) taper.  Stamped on the cylindrical portion (between tip and fins): "INVENTION FRANCAISE" (French invention) and on the opposite side "FABRICATION ALLEMANDE" (Made in Germany).  There is just one book written (in French): "Les flechettes d'avion" by Jean-Piere Leroy, 2007, and it's unclear to me if this is a German flechette or French.  Condition similar to the unstamped version below and similarly rusty.  I have just one of these available.  SOLD

    $0.00
    $0.00
    17-MISC-00006
  • WWI Flechette (Aerial Dart)

    These little aerial darts pre-date machineguns and were use to murderous effect from about 1915.  They were usually bundled and inserted in a galvanized metal can with a trap door on the bottom.  The aviator (or observer/bombadier) leaned over the side with the can and twisted a handle to open the door and launch the hundreds of darts.  As might be imagined, the flechettes did significant damage as they passed through helmets, pinned feet to the ground and even killed horses.  There are different patterns for the flechettes and the one pictured here is found more than some of the others.  About 12 cm in length and 7 mm in diameter.  As with many other collectibles, these darts are unfortunately being reproduced.  The ones I offer here are from an old collection, are original and were likely battlefield dug.  Some rust and this one has a portion of one fin missing (thus the lower price), likely rusted off but still very sharp at the point.  Quite rare today. SOLD

    $0.00
    $0.00
    17-MISC-00005
  • WWII USN Stationery

    Letter paper, unused, 16 total {6 of Naval Training Center (anchor and wheel logo), 10 of US Naval Air Tech Training Center (Navy Pier logo).  Each sheet unused and excellent, 6 1/2 x 10".

    $15.00
    $15.00
    17-MISC-00003
  • WWII USN Envelopes - Two, Color Illustrated

    Two #10 envelopes (4 x 9"), unused.  Very colorful front panel illustrations.  On the reverse: "Tarrson Company - Chicago, Ill., copyright Porto-Server 1942".  Likely sold at Great Lakes Training Center for sailors in training.  Excellent, unused condition.

    $15.00
    $15.00
    17-MISC-00002
  • 1950 Reese AFB Graduation Announcement - Class 50E

    Wonderful old-school-Air Force graduation announcement.  Blind embossed B-24 on front cover along with REESE Air Force Base.  4.5x5.5", glassine insert over test which is in fancy script, tied at spine with leather strap.  Graduation was Sep 15, 1950, 10 a.m. with a flying review at 8 a.m.  This was a much-desired flying training base at the time; must have been the advanced program in B-24s.  Near mint condition.

    $15.00
    $15.00
    16-MISC-00015
  • Paul Mantz - Signed Quiet Birdmen Application

    Rare one-of-a-kind application form for the Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen, typed entries and SIGNED BY PAUL MANTZ, July 30, 1948.  Mantz was the colorful and dynamic movie stunt pilot until he died in the movie Flight of the Phoenix.  This application was obviously never filed and it is unknown if Mantz was ever a member.  The hangar designation is missing as are the sponsors names.  Mantz lists approximately 9000 hours flight time and his first solo at March Field 1927.  I can provide provenance as I acquired this document in the large collection of another southern California aviator.

    $425.00
    $425.00
    16-MISC-00009
  • WWI Commemorative Medal - Aviation

    Nicely struck large (2.25" diameter) medal from the Citizens of Jefferson County, Ohio, awarded  to (engraved) "SGT. Albert I McLain, 10th-3rd Air Service".  Reverse (top photo) is dated 1917-1919 and reads "for service in the World's Greatest War, for liberty and the freedom of all nations.  Obverse (bottom photo) reads "In Commenmoration of Peace with Victory" and has a nice raised image of Lady Liberty over an armed sailor and soldier.  Excellent condition in fitted velvet box (opening button missing).  Includes some research on McLain who was in the 10th Company, 3rd Regiment, Motor Mechanic Air Service.  He may also have attended pilot training in Milan, Italy.  SOLD

    $0.00
    $0.00
    15-MISC-00006