by Leigh Michaels and Michael Lemberger
Robert L. Taylor (Contributor)
Robert C. Mikesh (Contributor)
Just a hundred years ago, venturing into the air was a daredevil’s challenge and flying was a breathtaking adventure. Now airline passengers are more concerned about security checkpoints, lost luggage, and food service, sometimes forgetting the wonder of flight. From barnstormers to commercial jets, from balloons and parachutes to massive transport planes, from the days of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart to pilot training during World War II to the moment Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon – this collection of rare and iconic aviation images spans the length and breadth of a century of flight.
Aviation includes rare images of The Spirit of St. Louis, Amelia Earhart, the moon landing, the first sabotage of a jet aircraft in the United States, and many locations and planes of Midwestern and national interest.
“This photographic treasure… is a salute to those who made aviation into its many forms…” – Robert L. Taylor, founder, Antique Airplane Association
“This collection of vintage photographs captures the mystique of that early time … the aroma of aviation gasoline and engine oil.” – Robert C. Mikesh, Retired Senior Curator, National Air and Space Museum