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An Earlybird flyer book


This book is limited to 300

numbered copies.

Dope, Fabric and Guts - True stories about the earliest fliers as the invented the future. ISBN: 978-0-9-827728-3-6

The book, tells many of the individual stories about pioneering flights, or attempts at flight in the early heavier-than-air flying machines. Over time these flying machines would be called aeroplanes and later, aircraft. Hydroplanes became seaplanes and motors became engines. 


Aeroplane materials changed, silk-covered wings changed to doped fabric, some chose to build their aircraft with bamboo, others used all aluminum components. The concept of a fuselage evolved along with lamination for weight and strength ratios. Each designer or pilot made discoveries while they risked life to enhance aviation.


Over 150 pilots, their aeroplanes, and or designers and some of their daring adventures are documented through period postcards and vintage photographic images. These fliers, both men and women, would invent their future, what we now call history.


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Women's Work In WWII -  Millions of working women break down the barriers of gender discrimination.        ISBN:978-0-9827728-8-1 Softcover    ISBN:978-0-9827728-6-7 Hardcover  

Women working in WWII provided the proof that dispelled the perception that women could not be equal to male workers.  Their productivity surprised the enemy and the nation’s leaders. Women's Work in WWII tells the history of millions of women working in thousands of roles with minimal training and no experience but fully confident that they were equal to filling the roles of men they replaced.


It tells the chronological story about the zigzag social and political developments that enabled women to eventually gain equal employment in thousands of jobs coupled with the parallel story of WWII. After the war when these same women worked in and with Congress, with the president, the unions and across the courts. Their goal was simple, restore equal pay for equal work and provide a workplace that is free from gender discrimination.


The book uses over 400 vintage photos to bring life their accomplishments. It's historical documentation that correlates to today’s new age struggles of how to make a difference.

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Vintage Airliners: A Collection of Vintage Photographs ISBN: 978-0-9-827728-4-3

Most people don't know that lounges, sleeper compartments and commuter airliners are not new.Turing the pages of Vintage Airliners transports a reader from the first commercial passenger aircraft including the early Ford Tri-Motor, Curtiss Condor and Kingbird to the Douglas DC-1 and DC-3 and concludes with the early jet age of the Comet and 707.


Readers will find exciting interior pictures of early aircraft and the luxury aircraft of the 1950s.  Looking over the pages of Vintage Airliners is like visiting a dozen museums while sitting in the comfort of your own home. 


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Helicopte Evolution Book cover

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Helicopter Evolution A Collection of Vintage Rotorcraft Photographs ISBN: 978-0-9827728-2-9            

Helicopter Evolution shares vintage images, 1907 thru 1974, of the rotorcraft and the creative visionaries who experimented with new rotorcraft designs continually pushing the envelope.  Featuring a foreword by Nickolai Sikorsky, the book shows the inventions, improvements and advancements of helicopters that were captured on film and have been lost or forgotten for decades. 


The book shares a private archive of vintage commercial photographs seldom seen that include all types of rotorcraft photographs  including; American Helicopter, Bendix, Brantley, Cessna, Curtis-Wright, and Curtiss-Wright, de Bothezat, Domain, Firestone, Helicopter Engineering, Mc Culloch, Marquardt and Roteron. Many other better known helicopter company are included like: Boeing, Sikorsky, Hiller, Piasecki, Kaman and Kellett. Each photograph is accompanied by informative narrative often provided from the original press release.


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Cessna Sensations book cover

Cessna Sensations A Collection of Vintage Photographs   ISBN: 978-0-9827728-0-5

Enjoy a nostalgic look at Cessna aircraft during the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, through ninety pages of vintage photographs and interesting, informative text. See the early aircraft when they were photographed new. The fact that many of the aircraft portrayed in this nostalgic look back are still flying is a testament to the design, craftsmanship and pilot enjoyment they provided. If you learned to fly, or spent time with Cessna aircraft, these unique images will rekindle many memories.Sit back and take a ride through Cessna's history including the WWII aircraft, transports and the golden years of aviation. Cessna sells this book thru the company's flying club. 


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Portals into the Sky - A collection of Vintage Cockpit Photographs  ISBN: 978-0-9827728-1-2  

Opening this book’s cover lets a reader step back in time with factory fresh cockpit photographs of over 100 aircraft. Readers see large cockpit detail photographs; an aircraft view is inserted for less known aircraft. Each aircraft is identified and interesting narrative is included that provide a glimpse into many obscure or forgotten plane details. Readers have told us that they look at the photographs time and time again seeing new details each time they look at their favorite aircraft. There is an emphasis on aircraft of the mid-1940s through 1950s. Less than 35 books remain before this title goes out of print.


Bomber aircraft John Cilio author

American Airpower: Bombers 1935-1960 Vintage Aviation Photographs from WWII, Korea and the Cold War  ISBN: 978-0-9827728-7-4  

As you turn the pages of American Airpower, you will see surprising vintage photographs of each of the bombers, dive bombers and fighter bombers that helped to create American airpower. There are fact filled narratives on each of its 120 pages with more than 140 photographs, most not seen in decades. This is the perfect book for the aviation or Warbird enthusiast. Readers tell us they look its pages time and time again seeing new detail on each visit.



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Air Racers Photographs of the contests, people and aircraft that raced through time 1909-1949    

ISBN: 978-0-9827728-5-0 

Air racing has been around almost since the beginning of aviation. The competition started soon after there was a second aircraft. The Wright brothers are credited with advancing the theory of powered flight in 1903 but many inventors mimicked or even copied their designs in an attempt to improve upon the idea of powered flight.


Initially, competitions were for individual accomplishments like altitude or height, as it was referred to originally, speed or even time in the air. Fast forward thru the years and learn about the evolution of the air racing in the 1920s to what became the National Air Races. Learn about some of the difficulties and courageous winners of the Bendix, Thompson, SOHIO and Goodyear Trophies.  As the decade of the 1940s ended so did an era.   The book closes with the 1949 Cleveland Air Races.  Less than 20 book remain before this book becomes out of print.


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