The Harriet Quimby Scrapbook, the life of America’s first Birdwoman 1875-1912

By Giacinta Bradley Koontz

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Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation

By Giacinta Bradley Koontz

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BIRD STRIKE: The Crash of the Boston Electra

by Michael Kalafatas

2010 • 200 pp. 17 illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Price:  $24.95/ea plus shipping within the USA
To buy: Click on publisher's link HERE

  "A riveting, well-written story. Bird Strike weaves the dedication and enthusiasm of two individuals, John Goglia and Roxie Laybourne, into the history of the bird strike 'business.' Unfortunately, the parallels of the investigations of the Boston Electra Crash and the 'Miracle on the Hudson' reveal that despite fifty years of catastrophic history, bird strikes remain an under-studied concern to civil aviation."

- Carla J. Dove, Ph.D., Feather Identification Lab, Smithsonian Institution

"A timely and relevant analysis of the continuing hazard to aircraft posed by bird strikes. The dramatic landing of a US Airways A-320 Airbus in the Hudson River in 2009 after its engines were destroyed by a flock of birds can be traced directly to the failure to learn the lessons of the 1960 crash of the Eastern Airlines Lockheed Electra off Logan International Airport."

- John Goglia, independent air safety consultant and former NTSB board member


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A good book is a good gift for any occasion and this book is a book for everyone who enjoys a well-told story about challenges met and conquered with integrity, ingenuity and intestinal fortitude.

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 M.O. Seymour
4992 North Via Carina, Tucson, AZ 85704-1548

Contact:   (520)-690-9183     E-mail:  moseymour@netzero.net

The year was 1919.  The aeoplane was a medium bomber, designed and built by Glenn Martin.  It was the first totally made-in-America bomber purchased by Army Air Service.

     The reliability of its airframe was unknown. The reliability of its 400hp Packard Liberty motors was uncertain.  The flight planning defined Rim Flight as a “test flight” and the planners themselves regarded it as a totally hazardous venture with little chance of success.  It was a flight that would test the strength of the aeroplane, define her weaknesses and challenge the abilities and courage of her crew.

     Using the actual log of this flight as it flew parallel to the borders of the United States; Seymour has created a day-by-day account of this significant, but little-known, event in aviation history. 

     Three Army Air Service officers and two master sergeants rode in open, “pits”, without parachutes, logged 9,823 miles, and re-built the aeroplane in an open field after their one and only crash landing.  They visited 46 cities, convinced local authorities of the importance of establishing air ports, and created a pattern that was the beginning of formal air routes. Their efforts also gave impetus to the development of aerial charts, radio communication, aviation weather service and other tools that made possible the industry that is air transportation.

THE AROUND THE RIM FLIGHT

BY MIRIAM ORR SEYMOUR
135 pp,  with photographs and illustrations
Price:  $25.00/ea plus $3.00 shipping within the USA

If you would like your books autographed please indicate with order.
Shipping Rates:  1 book $3.25; 2 books $4.00; 3 books $4.75
Check or Money Orders payable to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno
(no credit cards)

Mail to:
Ann Holtgren Pellegreno
PO Box 1056
Decatur, TX 76234

Email:  flyingtails@hotmail.com

IOWA TAKES TO THE AIR  - VOLUME THREE 1841-2003

BY ANN HOLTGREN PELLEGRENO
268 pp, 211 photographs
Price:  $35.00/ea plus shipping within the USA

     Beginning with the heroic exploits of Iowans during World War II and continuing with aeronautical development and activities in the state, this third volume tells of Iowa aviation from 1941 through 2003.

     Thousands of Iowans were involved in the military air services and on the home front during World War II, which was a huge impetus for aviation during the last half of the 20th Century. Veterans used the G.I. Bill to obtain flight training and become mechanics.  Iowans operated flying services, manufactured airplanes, and restored and maintained aircraft.

     Iowans participated in ballooning, gliding, parachuting, aerobatics, and air racing. They attended air shows, dedications, and flight breakfasts.  They built museums to preserve and display the aviation heritage of the state.

     The building of airports made possible an evolving air transportation system with improvements in airplanes, routes, and services. Millions of Iowans traveled to thousands of destinations, first on propeller-driven aircraft and later on jets.

     Iowa men and women were part of an unparalleled expansion in aviation during the years 1941 through 2003.  They provided the inspiration, the guidance, and the work for aeronautical development as the state moved toward and into the 21st Century.
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IOWA TAKES TO THE AIR -  VOLUME TWO 1919-1941

BY ANN HOLTGREN PELLEGRENO
336 pp, 175 photographs
Price:  $30.00/ea plus shipping within the USA

     Pilots, parachutists, and wing walkers entertained thousands of spectators.  Airlines, the Iowa Good Will Air Tours, airport operators, and flying services moved aviation forward. Some aircraft were manufactured in the state. Hundreds of persons learned to fly. During those years, aviation came of age in the state, nation, and world.

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IOWA TAKES TO THE AIR - VOLUME  ONE  1845-1918

BY ANN HOLTGREN PELLEGRENO
288 pp, 135 photographs
Price:  $25.00/ea plus shipping within the USA

     Iowans saw an unmanned balloon ascension in 1845 and later witnessed an exciting array of manned balloon ascensions, flights of dirigible-type airships, and parachute jumps. Beginning with the first aeroplane flight in 1910, Iowans watched pilots at many exhibitions. The book is a lively account of those years.

WORLD FLIGHT, THE EARHART TRAIL

BY ANN HOLTGREN PELLEGRENO

Flying a Lockheed 10A, Pellegreno was the first to complete Amelia Earhart’s flight around the globe in 1967.

AMELIA EARHART: In Her Own Words

A One Woman Play
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERTA E. BASSIN

     It is July 2, 1937, and we are in Lae, New Guinea. Amelia Earhart (Roberta Bassin) speaks to an asssembly of well-wishers and reporters (the audience) as she prepares for the Pacific Ocean leg of her around-the-world flight. There she reminisces about her childhood, discusses her record-setting flying adventures, and her philosophy regarding interests, family, status of women, fun and work. At the conclusion Ms. Bassin answers audience questions about Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart is one of America's most famous and admired heroine. The public closely followed her exploits when she was alive, and the mystery of her disappearance remains endlessly intriguing.

Roberta Bassin is a professional actress and acting teacher, and has received acclaim for her compelling portrayals of an array of interesting characters in film, TV, and stage. In addition to her acting, Ms. Bassin has a degree from UCLA in History and English and holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential.

Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words, A One Woman Play

This play is perfect for aviation buffs, history lovers, and anyone else who appreciates great entertainment.

Available for personal appearances and performances
E-mail: nrdc@earthlink.net
Contact: (818) 366-7288


 

 

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Aviation Art:
Animal Rescue:
The aviation art of Daniel Witkoff
Featured in “Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine” (www.amtonline.com) September 2009.
Amelia Earhardt - Silk Scarf by Dan Witkoff
C-47 sketch by Dan Witkoff
Amelia Earhart - Silk Scarf
C-47
Prints and original art on consignment
Contact: Dan Witkoff
Email:
dwitkoff@san.rr.com

More of Gia and Harriet's friends of flying...

Henry M. Holden (www.women-in-aviation.com) and Giacinta (Oshkosh);Tom Crouch, Giacinta and Carroll F. Gray (www.lincolnbeachey.com)  (Akron, Ohio); Bob Taylor and Giacinta (Ottumwa, IA); Joshua Stoff and Giacinta, Smithsonian; Giacinta and Paul Poberezny (Oshkosh)\Chet Peek (www.threepeakspub.com) and Giacinta; Giacinta with John Underwood and Laurel Schaefer (Glendale, CA); Giacinta with Arv Schultz (Flagstaff, AZ); Elsie Mae Cofer (Ottumwa, IA).

 

 


 

The Forgotten Barnstormer

In their frantic rush to produce pilots for the WW I Air Service, the
United States built nearly 4000 Curtiss JN4-D’s and 1600 Standard J-1’s, to be used as primary training planes. Sadly, although the Standard was a superior design, dissatisfaction with its Hall-Scott A-7a engine eventually caused it to be taken out of service. It is a troubling mystery why such a fine engine, designed by a respected company, and tested thoroughly by government inspectors, would be so unreliable.

However, rising from its ignoble record in the Air Service, the Standard, re-engined with a Curtiss OX-5 or a Hispano-Suiza, became the Barnstormers favorite. Such aviation greats as Charles Lindbergh, Frank Hawks, Noel Wein and Art Chester began their aviation careers flying Standard J-1’s. Through the efforts of the Gates Flying Circus and similar aerial showmen, Standards allowed millions of Americans to first experience the thrill of flying.

The Standard J-1 has too long been hidden in the shadows of our aviation history, eclipsed by the famous Curtiss Jenny. The true and complete story of this remarkable plane has never been told. Until now.

ISBN 978-1-866196-07-0
150 pages, 8.5X11, SB, almost 200 photos, $29.95

Chet's contact information to buy his book(s) is: RBaron18@aol.com

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