By: Linda Spekelmeyer
Only a select few pioneers, leaders, and pilots have been responsible for the key breakthroughs in aviation and space history from the first manned balloons through today's era of space exploration. The most distinguished of these folks have earned a place of honor in the International Aerospace Hall of Fame Gallery in the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The publication These We Honor: The International Aerospace Hall of Fame, contains portraits, biographies of all those honored in the IAHF.
By: Ray Wagner
The Story of the PBY Catalina chronicles the most widely-used flying boat ever built. The PBY traces its roots back to the Curtiss flying boats of World War I which were twin engine biplanes with open cabins. It was the PBY that replaced this style with its own streamlined monoplane look. This book includes discussion of the PBY Model Differences, U.S. Navy Production & Serial Numbers, Dimensions, and Serial Numbers assigned to U.S. Army Catalina Aircraft. Also included is description of PBY's built on "Non-Navy" Contracts. This 21 page softcover book includes beautiful color three view drawings and many unique photos. The historical and technical data is thoroughly researched. The Story of the PBY Catalina is the perfect addition to the library of the PBY enthusiast. Book was published in 1972 by Flight Classics.
By: Katrina Pescador and Mark Aldrich
San Diego's North Island is one of the most significant venues of aviation in the world. Starting in 1911, it was the home to one of the nation's first aviation schools, founded by Glenn Curtiss, who pioneered seaplane flight. He trained the nucleus of America's future air forces there, including Lt. Theodore Ellyson, the first naval aviator. When the United States entered World War I, the government took over the island with plans to build a training center for the nation's armed forces. The new army base was named Rockwell Field, and the navy portion was named Naval Air Station San Diego. By 1937, the army moved out and the navy became the sole tenant. Today NAS North Island is part of the largest aerospace-industrial complex in the navy and is headquarters for the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The book contains 127 pages of rare photographs taken from the San Diego Air & Space Museum's archive collection.
By: Mary L. Scott
This beautiful pictorial history chronicles the history of aviation in San Diego. Originally published in 1991, this classic is now expanded and updated to bring the history current. Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 vintage and modern photographs, its 212 pages of lively text make this unique story come alive for readers of all ages. San Diego: Air Capital of the West will be a great family heritage piece, a wonderful gift, and a treasured keepsake.
By: Ray Wagner
The Sino-Japanese war of 1937-1941 pointed to the future of air warfare. Four years before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan had been fighting an air war over China, and this experience gave the Japanese Navy confidence that it could win an air war with America. This 44 page book describes the fighting that developed Japanese naval air power from 1937 to 1941, and the way American military aircraft were also changed by the war in China.