Special Offerings

  • 1911 Chicago Air Meet Program

    SKU: 22-AR-3

     A rather rough copy of an extremely rare program.  9x12", 80pp, illus, wrps.  Contents include committee lists, daily schedule of events, prizes, details of events and rules; list,biographies and photos of aviators; advertising, etc.  About poor-fair condition with (loose) cover with edge tears and stains, beginning and ending pages have edge tears and some stains but most pages are very good.  It must be remembered that this program is now 118 years old so some condition issues are to be expected.  A better copy is shown later in this category but at a price 60% higher.  (Automatic ordering not available on this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)   

    Price: $250.00
  • S.F. Cody Sales Brochure - 1912

    SKU: 21-CAT-205

     Original 7.5x10" catalog with red paper cover, 12pp, photo illus, along with original mailing envelope (unused).  Contents include Cody's War Kite (with Mrs. Cody on board!), Cody Model III and the Cody Monoplane.  Photos and specs abound. Unused, very good; staples have rusted, likely in the English weather.  Samuel F. Cody was a fascinating American character; a wild west performer, the first to fly an aeroplane in England and his funeral attracted 100,000 mourners. (Automatic ordering not available for the item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent) ON HOLD

    Price: $225.00
  • Early Chuck Yeager Photo - Inscribed

    SKU: 21-P-465

     8x10" b&w portrait of Chuck Yeager as an Air Force Captain.  He's a senior pilot with ribbons for the Silver Star, DFC and Bronze Star + more. Blue ink inscription: "To Ed Fruse with best regards.  Charles A. Yeager/Capt USAF".  Date might be 1951 because of a pencil annotation on the reverse.  Excellent and complete with a Yeager smirk!  (Automatic ordering not active on this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent.)

    Price: $85.00
  • LeRhone/Gnome 7 cyl Engine Barometer - circa 1937

    SKU: 21-PRTS-30

     Wonderful cast metal painted barometer.  Diameter 12", 2.5" deep.  Likely a sales promotional item yet pretty expensive if a giveaway; more likely meant for dealer display.  Cast into the top banners are "Gnome" and "Rhone" and a bottom tab has a "K".  Original green, black and silver paint with some chipping.  Barometer may still be functional; glass face intact.  Wonderful "Golden Age" aero relic; unseen by me in over 50 years of collecting.  Fellow collector identified this as originally having a large prop at the center and later retrofitted with a barometer or clock.  (Automatic ordering not available for this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent.) 

    Price: $425.00
  • PBY Cruver WWII ID Model - 1943

    SKU: 21-PRTS-27

     Large Cruver model with 17" wingspan and length of 11".  Underneath wing molded text: "U.S.N. PBY-5" and "Cruver Hallmark/5-43These large models are seldom offered and this one is in very good condition.  (Automatic ordering not available for this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $225.00
  • WWII Air Corps Recruiting Poster - 1942

    SKU: 21-POST-58

     Full-size 25x38" poster showing B-17's above an aircrew in their A-2 leather flight jackets planning a mission.  Text below urges men 18-26 to apply for training as pilots, navigators and bombadiers.  Artist is Ivan Dimitri and printing date is 5-16-42.  But the best thing about this lot is the accompanying 3.5x5.5" real photo showing a soldier standing next to this very poster (on the right in the photo to the left)!  On the reverse is an ink inscription dating the photo to 9-6-42 in front of the Troy, N.Y. post office.  Both the poster and photo are very good.  Believe it or not, posters recruiting pilots, navs and bombadiers are not common.  (This item cannot be ordered in the shopping cart.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $375.00
  • Gorgeous 1936 Photo Album

    SKU: 21-P-464

     This is one of the most beautiful, fully documented aircraft albums from the "Golden Age of Aviation" I have ever owned!  Most pages have carefully lettered white explanations of aircraft type, registration, date and location of the photos.  The first page is dated 1934 and the Waco pictured is ..."the sport biplane in which Miss Harrell met her death Sunday August 6, 1934 while participating in the 50-mile free-for-all feature event at the Women's National Air Meet at Municipal Airport, Vandalia, O."Some of the other aircraft are the Waco Cabin YOG, Ryan ST, American Airlines Vultee, Stinson Gullwing, Waco YQC6, Lockheed 247, Grumman Gulfhawk and Buhl-Pup.  Locations are mostly Ohio at Lunken Airport, Vandalia, the Waco Co. at Troy and Watson Airport.  A total of 47 photos mostly 2.5x4.25" b&w/sepia tone, a very small number (2) loose in the album and not mounted.  Very good overall condition. (Automatic ordering not available on this item; inquire and an invoice will be sent). ON HOLD

    Price: $325.00
  • Die Flugkunst am Scheidewege - 1913

    SKU: 21-B-58

     Neyen, E.  Die Flugkunst am Scheidewege.  Berlin, 1913.  40pp, extensively illus w/crash photos, 8x11.5", wrps.  Title translates to:  The Art of Flight at the Crossroads/The Latest Research Results/Statistics About Flight Crashes 1912-13.  Most interesting is a four page table of  about 250 crashes with dates, pilots, location, type of aircraft, wind speed, etc.  Good; a few cover edge chips and toning.  (Automatic ordering not available for this item. Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $125.00
  • The Aeronautical Annual - 1895/1896/1897

    SKU: 21-B-56

     Means, James (ed).  The Aeronautical Annual (for) 1895, 1896 and 1897.  Boston, W.B. Clarke & Co.  The 1895 volume has 172pp, illus, 6x9.25", very good.  The 1896 volume is 158pp, illus, fair w/some spine text loss.  The 1897 volume is 178pp, illus, also fair.  All covers are intact and text blocks are sound.  Means selected the very best articles of the time from such illustrious aeronauts as Langley, Chanute, Lilienthal, Maxim, etc. 
    In a letter to James Means’s son, Philip, dated November 12, 1921, Orville Wright wrote: “The Aeronautical Annuals of 1895-96-97 contained the best collection of reprints from the work of the earlier experimenters in aviation…, and I do not know of a better collection today. Your father showed rare good judgment in his selections, separating most of the good work from the mass of worthless matter which had been published. “Your father’s work was of great benefit to us, and I think of my personal acquaintance with him with affection.” 
    This is a rare set in reasonably good condition and seldom offered with all three volumes together.  An unusual opportunity to obtain the entire run!
    (Automatic ordering is not active for this item.  Please inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $445.00
  • 1934 USN Grumman Fabric - Red Ripper VF-5B

    SKU: 19-PRTS-5

    Wonderful unit insignia cut from the side of a crashed Grumman biplane fighter, likely a FF-1 or G-5 flown from the USS Lexington. The fabric as about 18x24" and is in a frame with double-sided plexiglas for viewing on both sides.  There are several letters of provenance leading back to Major Lofton Henderson, USMC, who allegedly collected this fabric from a crashed fighter in an airshow in 1934.  Henderson died in the Battle of Midway and was awarded the Navy Cross; Henderson Airfield, Guadalcanal is named in his honor.  While there remains much research to be done on this fabric piece, it is fun to see how the insignia has "morphed" over the years.  The current insignia has reversed the bar sinister to remove the "bastard" implication and the boar's head (on the Gordon's Gin bottle) is also reversed. However the two "balls" remain as does the apparent "link-of-bologna".  (In 2011 the USN brass declared a traditional toast of the Red Rippers banned; the current military has no sense of tradition and too much political correctness in my mind.)  The fabric is in generally very good condition for it's age of 80 years but there are some minor tears from removal of old hide glue used to paste down to a board.  (Additional shipping costs will be necessary; automatic ordering not available for this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $2,275.00