Akron: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 1931. Hard Cover. Octavo. Near Fine. Item #08315
84 pages, black pictorial cloth, printed in blue and silver, showing a skyline and blimp on front panel. First edition of 1931, 7th in the series, since 1925; illustrated in black and white. Signed by Billy Parker and more than 3 dozen fellow pioneer aviators, who were in attendance at the National Air Races, Cleveland Ohio Airport, August 29 - September 7, 1931; dated above Billy Parker's signature, "August 30, 1931" and with a letter laid in presenting the book to an heir of Billy Parker. Will D. "Billy" Parker (1899-1981) carried private pilot's license number 44. As a high school student in Ft. Collins, CO, he built a glider which flew to an altitude of 300 feet. His mother helped him buy a 50 horsepower French Gnome engine - thus he became a professional pilot. He barnstormed in the 1920's, worked as a test pilot , and from 1926 to 1966, he managed the aviation division of Phillips Petroleum. He was president of the Early Birds, an exclusive group who flew before December 17, 1916. Parker held the 44th pilot's license issued in America. He invented the variable-pitch propeller; he continued to fly two pushers he built in 1912 and 1914 at events, well in to the 1960's. Some other pioneer aviator's who signed this book are: Zantford Granville, who with his brothers Thomas, Robert, Mark and Edward founded the Granville Brothers Aircraft Co. and produced the Gee Bee Super Sportster air racers, between 1929 and 1934. Mildred Clema (Baxter) Granger (1893-1983) she held pilot's license #1542. C. Lienesch, inventor of Anilol, an auxilliary fuel for maximum power. Walter J. Carr (1896-1970) who learned to fly in Chicago in a Curtiss Pusher on 14 June 1914. He was a civilian flight instructor in World War I, afterward becoming a barnstormer in a Curtiss Jenny. In June 1929, Carr was to participate in an endurance record with Viola Gentry flying a Cabinaire named "The Answer." He was hospitalized with pneumonia and was replaced with Charles Parkhurst, who died in the attempt to land in fog. Lewis Yancey (1895-1940) and Roger Q. Williams made their historic flight from Old Orchard Beach, Maine to Rome in 1929 - they have signed thus on the FFEP: "Lewis A. Yancey New York to Rome with Roger Williams." Emory B. Bronte (and Ernest L. Smith) navigator and pilot, crew of the Travel Air Model 5000 "City of Oakland" - see photo. Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) became the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a commercial pilot certificate - he set three transcontinental airspeed records for pilots under the age of 21 in 1930. He died in a mid-air crash in 1940, aged 29. Randall Henderson (1888-1970) a WWI pilot and barnstormer, became the first person to fly into Las Vegas, on May 7, 1920. He later joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. Owen W. Lazenby, "...most of his 30 years of flying has been spent instructing." - from an article in U. S. Army Aviation Digest, Sept. 1959. An excellent, near fine copy of an early aviation book, signed by an august gathering of America's early pilots.
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