Antique Aviation Collectibles, Books & More
Dear Fellow Aviation Geek:
After 40 years as an aviation journalist, I am ready to part with some of my most prized aviation memorabilia and unique books and let someone else enjoy the touch of aviation history.
Yes, I will take offers. Kcreedy@gmail.com or contact via Facebook Messenger. Prices reflect internet research and are competitive.
All prices exclude shipping. I will find out how much shipping will be, let you know and endeavor to ship within 24 to 48 hours. If more than one person wants an item, I will auction it on eBay.
Charles Lindbergh Tapestries
$400 Antique Charles Lindbergh Tapestry
New York to Paris, Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh Commemorative Tapestry
Most available online are unframed and some are only parts of this tapestry. Professional, archival framing protects the work from damage.
French, Good condition, framed. Approximately 5′ wide 25″ high
$450 Trans-Atlantic Aviator’s Commemorative Tapestry
This tapestry honors all those who attempted the trans-Atlantic challenge including the only woman to make the attempt before Charles Lindbergh succeeded. At a time when we are seeking women to enter the aviation field, honoring Aviation Pioneer Ruth Elder makes this tapestry special.
Ruth Elder, Nungesser & Coli, Admiral Byrd, Chamberlain & Lindbergh
Archival framing to protect the work from damage
French, Good condition, framed. Approximately 5′ wide 25″ high
$100 Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis commemorative antimacassar
This piece recalls an era where men used macassar oil to tame their hair necessitating the use of antimacassars to protect furniture. I have searched the internet and have never come across another example making this a rare find.
$800 One-of-a-Kind Antique Lindbergh New York-Paris Commemorative Banjo Clock
Condition Excellent. Working timepiece.
New Haven Clock Company USA
Unique banjo clock painted with Charles Lindbergh’s New York-Paris route and the Spirit of St. Louis. I’ve searched for another like it but have never found one making this item truly rare.
$75 Great Russian Airliner Pins
Antique Russian Airliner Pins. These medals commemorate the great Russian airliners.
TY 124 1962
TY 154 1972
Aviation History Books
$15 Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure 2004
Today, airports are places to endure but once upon a time, they evoked the romance of travel and flight. Naked Airport traces the history and architecture of airports and their far-reaching effect on our culture. They are the scene of action movies, political earthquakes and the daily commute. They have grown from muddy pastures like Roosevelt Field from which Charles Lindbergh launched to such Cathedrals to Aviation as Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center. This book charts the course of airports from open terminal to 24-hour surveillance and the shift in popular perceptions from glamorous to infuriating. It also chronicles how airports changed our sense of time, distance and style and, ultimately to the way cities are built.
$20 The Mighty Martin Mars
Few Martins continue to fly but the Mighty Martin Mars is instrumental in fighting wildfires. This book, the original, by Wayne Coulson & Steven Gitner, chronicles the history of Martin Aircraft, the Mars and its role flying firefighting sorties.
$20 Thrusting Forward
One of the most iconic propellers is Hamilton Standard and its props have graced the Spirit of St. Louis and dozens of other storied aircraft. Hamilton Standard played an important role in more than 80 years of aviation history and continues to do so. Thrusting Forward details the history of this important propeller company. It was prepared in a cooperative initiative between United Technologies’ (now Collins Aerospace) Hamilton Standard Division and British Aerospace Dynamics Group to commemorate a partnership lasting 50 years.
100 Years of Aviation by Paolo Mastricardi
This book chronicles the history of military and civil aviation and how far we have come in the century-plus since the Wright Bros first took to the air. Ideal for someone just starting their interest in aviation.
$20 From the Ground Up – The Rise of Connected Aviation
Nothing has changed aviation more in the modern era than connectivity which promises to continue to transform the industry. This is the story of how aviation adopted the Internet of Things and includes such topics as its impact on the industry, capabilities of smart airplanes, data as the new currency, tackling privacy and what is next.
$35 The History of Embraer
Written in English & Portuguese
Embraer celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019. The story of this plucky Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is a riveting read. The company set the standard for how developing countries work to take their place on the world stage. It grew from a fledgling manufacturer to one competing with such luminary aircraft manufacturers as Boeing and Airbus. Today it is one of only three survivors of numerous commercial aircraft manufacturers who began filling the needs the burgeoning regional airline industry in the immediate post-deregulation period in the US. With its counterparts in Sweden, France, UK, US and Netherlands, Embraer helped build the global regional airline industry. Since then, it has transformed the business aviation industry, creating a line of aircraft the industry describes as game changers and also builds one of the most modern military airlifters in the industry.
$20 New Horizons — ATR
The ATR 42 and ATR 72 helped build the global regional airline industry and, at this point in time, ATR is unquestionably the strongest turboprop aircraft manufacturer. Today, the half-dozen or so turboprop manufacturers such as Saab, Fokker, British Aerospace, Shorts, are now gone leaving only two – ATR and de Havilland remaining. This book, chronicling the history of ATR in pictures and text, tells why.
Airline Histories by Robert J. Serling
The dean of airline histories was unquestionably Robert J. Serling, who, as a reporter for the Associated Press, was one of the first aviation journalists. Serling wrote many entertaining aviation novels including The President’s Plane is Missing, Stewardess and Wings (all offered here) painting detailed pictures of what it was like to work the line in the middle of the 20th Century.
However, it was in authoring this nation’s airline histories that he made the greatest contribution as he documented the histories of Western Airlines, Continental Airlines, Boeing and Alaska Airlines. In these, he wove together the history of these great brands and pioneering personalities as only he, a great storyteller, can do. These are no dry histories of dates and times. Serling chronicles, in his entertaining style, minor and major events, bringing to life the people who built the industry.
I met Bob when I was a little girl and immediately devoured whatever he wrote. He inspired me to become a pilot but, instead, I decided to follow in his footsteps, that of an aviation storyteller. In addition to spending my entire career as an aviation journalist, I also wrote Time Flies – The History of SkyWest Airlines, documenting the history of this dynamic airline and the entire regional airline industry in the post-deregulation period in the U.S.
My favorite Serling novel was She’ll Never Get Off the Ground, detailing the difficulties for women who wanted to fly the line.
$20 Legend & Legacy – The Story of Boeing and Its People 1992
This book is important because it tells the story of Boeing from crates through the most iconic aircraft of the 20th Century – the Boeing 737 and the Boeing 747 — and beyond. It also depicts Boeing’s engineering-first culture, painting a picture of a bygone era with the company. Today, as it wrestles with changes wrought by its merger with McDonnell Douglas and the return of the 737 Max, Boeing could take a few lessons from the past. This book also chronicles the role of such aviation luminaries as Pan American President Juan Trippe in the design of an aircraft and how manufacturers continue to “bet the company.”
$10 Character & Characters – The story of Alaska Airlines 2008
Alaska is the most rugged aviation environment in the US and what it took to become one of the nation’s major airlines is documented in this, the last airline history written by Serling. The pioneers of Alaska aviation such as Bob Reeve and Noel Wein loom large in Alaska aviation history but it was Alaska Airlines that survives today after rising from a single-engine bush airline to a trans-continental and trans-oceanic carrier.
$40 Signed Edition: Maverick – The Story of Robert Six & Continental Airlines 1974
Bob Six was a Maverick but he built one of the most powerful airlines in America and was a long-time member of Conquistadors del Cielo – a secretive club of some of the most infamous airline presidents that have built the US airline industry. Continental’s brand is now gone but, with books like this, it certainly will not be forgotten.
$15 The Only Way to Fly – The Story of Western Airlines, America’s Senior Air Carrier 1976
Serling dedicated this book to his brother Rod Serling.
The Only Way to Fly documents not only the history of Western Airlines but the history of the entire airline industry during the 20th Century. Western predates Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight. Like many legacy airlines, its origins were in the air mail services during the 1920s. It grew and expanded, flying proudly until it merged with Delta in 1987.