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Tiger on a Leash.

Moscow, Alvin. Octavo, black boards (hardcover), gilt letters, 192 pp. Near-Fine, with bookplate; in a Very Good dust jacket with light edgewear. From dust jacket: Northeast Airlines Flight 823, a Douglas DC-6A bound for Miami from New York, crash-landed on Rikers Island at 6.02 pm on 4 February, 1957, less than one minute after taking off from La Guardia Field. 81 of the 101 persons on board survived the crash. After studying reports on hundreds of aircraft accidents, the brilliant American reporter Alvin Moscow, author of Collision Course, decided that this accident was the most illuminating from the point of view of demonstrating to the public the problems involved in ensuring safe flying: problems of which everyone should be aware if the standard is to be maintained as rigorously as it should be. For two years Mr. Moscow interviewed survivors of the crash, aviation experts, pilots, mechanics and stewardesses -- all those concerned with the accident and many others besides. From this evidence he has built up the whole story from teh first apparently unrelated contributory factors, both technical and psychological, to the feelings of the passengers trapped inside the blazing plane. His book is gripping simply as a story, full of tension and of insight into human behaviour, but its great value lies in the understanding it gives of the complex business of running an airline and flying large passenger aircraft; for the admiration it inspires for the men who keep these concerns running smoothly all over the world; and for the way in which it points the necessity for constant vigilance on their part, and on that of the public. Aviation, Disaster, Aeronautics, Aeroplanes, Aircraft, Air Planes. yslic
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They Came in th Night.

Klefos, Brede. Octavo, blue boards (hardcover), silver letters, [215] pp. Bookplate; otherwise, Fine in a Near-Fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing along the top edges. From dust jacket: Oslo in April 1940 was seething with rumour sof impending invasion by England, by Germany, or by both. Brede Kelfos, a cadet in the Norwegian mlitary academy responded to the call to battle stations by volunteering to drive a two-and-a-half ton truck full of ammunition to a town two hour's journey away. He returned from a second run to find that in his asence Oslo had been quietly but effeciently occupied by the Germans. Driving was less fun when done under German orders and machine gun fire, so he stole an armoured car and sped north to rejoin the Norwegian forces in their desperate attempt to repel the invaders. He was given a machine-gun and a crew of six -- three of them sixteen years old, the others fifteen. At the first rumours of the enemey's approach they all ran away and were threatened with shooting as deserters. Four days later they helped to kill four hundred Germans in an encounter of terrible ferocity. Like many of the best war books, this is the story of a lowly soldier. Of grand strategy Klefos could know nothing at all. Of hardship and danger he soon came to know all there was to be known. This is war seen through the clear eyes of a lad inspired with a buoyant resolve to stay alive and free, and unusually ingenious in doing so. Captured, he escaped from a German military hospital to join the Norwegian underground, and then to avoid the Gestapo made his fantastic escape to freedom via Russia, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and Canada, returning to Scandinavia by way of Scotland in time for the defeat of the Nazi forces in 1945. Military History, World War II, WWII, Norwegian, European History. yslic
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The Sky Tramps: The Story of Air Charter.

Jackson, Peter. Octavo, red boards (hardcover), gilt letters, 231 pp. Near-Fine, with bookplate; in a Near-Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: The most colourful legends of the air belong to the charter pilots -- high-flying gentlemen of fortune willing to take the controls of any type of aircraft, carry any kind of payload, go anywhere. They are men eager for uncertainty, afraid only of the safe routine, and their wandering paths cross in snatching refugees from the frenzy of civil war, smuggling guns to lost causes, delivering pilgrims to Mecca, hunting whales in the Antarctic, prospecting for oil in the jungles of South America, carrying gold out of Africa and opium from the East. They have led the progress of Britain's independent airlines from ex-bombers to Boeing 707s and VC-10s from Tiger Moths to turbine helicopters. They have seen the first rough sky trails they blazed throughout the world turned into the sleek, swift airways of the jet age. And they have brought air travel to the people by opening up the Mediterranean for family holidays and by pioneering lower fares to America, Africa, and the Orient. Here for the first time is the story of the fierce, fervent freemasory of the sky tramps. Their own fascinating stories tell the history of air charter work from the danger and uncertainty of the thirties to the respectability of today. There are millionaires who founded their fortunes on an aircraft bought from the scrapheap for less than 500. There are poor men who were rich until one of their planes flew into a moment of disaster. Pilots who have fallen out of the sky. Others who have completed a million charter miles and are flying fare into the second million. Aviation, Aircraft, Aeroplane, Civil Aviation, Air Charter. yslic
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Wings over the Arctic.

Vodopyanov, M. Octavo, illustrated gray cloth (hardcover), [330] pp + illustrated with numerous black and white photographs and with folding map at rear. Very Good+, with sunning to spine and small former-owner bookplate; binding and interior appear unread. From Publisher's Note: Mikhail Vodopyanov is a well-known flyer whose life abounds in interesting events. In 1919 he joined the Soviet Army where he fulfilled various duties until finally he developed into a first-class air-mechanic. At the end of 1928 M. V. Vodopyanov obtained a pilot's certificate and six months later was detailed to the Far East where in extremely difficult conditions he opened an airline to Sakhalin. He worked on different air routes, flew the Pravda matrices to Leningrad and Kharkov and in 1932 reconnoitred seal in the Caspian Sea. In 1934 M. V. Vodopyanov took part in the Chelyuskin rescue operations in the Chukchi Sea and was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, which was then only instituted. From then on he devoted himself entirely to work in the Arctic, to the polar air service, participating in the great flights from Moscow to Cape Shmidt and to Rudolph Island. In 1937 a great victory was won in the Arctic -- on May 21 M. V. Vodopyanov, in charge of an air group, landed his flagship on an ice-floe at the North Pole where a drifting station was established. During the war against the White Finns in 1939-1940 M. V. Vodopyanov took part in the air operations at the fronts, sharing his rich polar flying experience in sever frost with the combat pilots. During the Great Patriotic War against the nazi invaders he participated in many bombing missions. After the war he went back to the polar air service. Aviation, Discovery & Exploration, Russia, Russian, Military HIstory, Arctic, Polar, World War II, WWII. yslic
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The Spirit of St. Louis.

Lindbergh, Colonel Charles A. Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xii + 531 pp. Near-Fine, with bookplate; in a dust jacket that has had its edges professionally reinforced with binders tape applied to the underside, with light edgewear that includes some chipping, in protective mylar wrapper. Photographs gladly provided upon request. From dust jacket: Charles Lindbergh's story of the preparation and culmination of his 33 hour flight alone from New York to Paris in a single-engined aeroplane in May, 1927, is much more than an autobiographical record with the excitement of the individual epic in the foreground and the plaudits and cheers of the crowd as the background. It is a record of a man's dedication, in modern terms, to technical acheivement, coupled with the ranging of an integrity that accepted the crossing of the Atlantic as a supreme amount of personal expression. His childhood, his early years of flying, barnstorming and wing-jumping, and later his pioneer work of flying-in the mail at great hazards are so described that they converge upon the great moment of his decision to fly alone to Europe. The details of the complicated issues involved, financial backing, complex technical problems arrising out of so long a flight, the design and building of the plane itself, are given with admirable directness and honesty, and the excitement mounts through disappointment and set-backs, through the anxiety and the apprehension that other flyers would be away before him, until the momentous flight is launched and the reader is in the sky on terms of vivid intimacy with the pilot. Aviation, Lindbergh, Flight, Aeronautics, Aircraft, Aeroplanes, Airship, Air Planes. yslic