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These We Honor - The International Aerospace Hall of Fame

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.
Cost: $5.00

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San Diego’s North Island 1911-1941 (Images of Aviation Series)

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.
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San Diego - Air Capital of the West

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.
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Prelude to Pearl Harbor - The Air War in China 1937-1941

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.
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Consolidated Aircraft Corporation (Images of America Series)

By: Katrina Pescador and Mark Aldrich
Founded by Reuben H. Fleet in 1923, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation (later Convair) became one of the most significant aircraft manufacturers in American history. For roughly sixty years this prolific company was synonymous with San Diego and, except for the United States Navy, the largest single employer in the County. Whole sections of the city were designed to meet the needs and provide homes for the workers and their families. When shifts at the plant changed the streets were full of the men and women who were responsible for building some of the most significant aircraft in aviation history, including the PBY Catalina, B-24 Liberator, Convair 880 airliner, F-102 Delta Dagger, as well as the reliable Atlas missile, which was vital in launching America into space. To this day, nearly a decade after the company passed from the San Diego scene, tens of thousands of San Diegans can celebrate a seminal connection with Reuben Fleet, his company and his popular slogan, Nothing short of right is right.
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