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Books

Flying Hookers for the Macon

Hook. The "Macon," a silver-coated Navy airship, crashed off the coast of Monterey, CA in 1935. Here you'll learn the multiple reasons that led to the crash - including a failure in the fin design, incorrect discharging of helium and ballast, and the function of the steering cables. Read firsthand accounts from survivors and eyewitnesses, and see the history of airships through rare archival photos and illustrations. 192 pgs., 150+ B&W photos, 8"x 10", sfbd.

 

.....#0005663 $24.95

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Shenandoah Saga

Hook. An in-depth narrative of the history, design, construction and short life of the first U.S. built dirigible. Battered by a storm, the broken frame crashed to earth in 1925. 144 photographs, 208 pages, 8"x 11", softcover.

 

.....#0001914 $12.95

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American Airship Bases & Facilities

Shock. Sure to thrill the airship buff, this details every site that ever masted an airship and every hangar that ever held a bouyant vehicle. Details of construction, ground handling and a view of what the sites are like today. 240 pgs., 200 rare photos, 8½"x 11", sfbd.

 

.....#0001326 $19.95

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When Giants Roamed the Sky

Dale Topping. From Zeppelin in Germany to Goodyear in Ohio, Karl Arnstein participated in the design and development of more airships than any other engineer. His story is in many ways the story of airship building in the early decades of the last century. It will certainly be of interest to scholars of lighter-than-air flight, but will also be of value to students of 20th century technology, business and government relations. 276 pages, 60 B&W and 25 color photographs, 9"x 10", hardcover.

 

.....#0005509 $39.95

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The Goodyear Airships

Shock & Smith. This third-edition explores the 80-year history of Goodyear-built and operated advertising, military and rigid airships. Includes the entertaining and educational text from the earlier editions and also contains new material, color photo sections and a color foldout cutaway illustration. Line drawings, timetables, and detailed appendices make this an invaluable reference as well as informative history.156 pgs., 300 B&W and 12 color photos, 8¾"x 11", sfbd.

 

.....#0005959 $29.95

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Naval Air Station, Lakehurst

Pace, Montgomery & Zitarosa. This photo-essay explores the famed Naval Air Station at Lakehurst from 1917 to the early 1970s. Images cover all eras of its rich history: first as a Proving Ground, then as an airship station, and most recently as a Naval test site. Best known as the site of the Hindenburg disaster, it successfully served numerous airships, all of which are presented here. 128 pages, 200 B&W photographs, 6½"x 9¼", softcover.

 

.....#0006866 $19.95

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Moffett Field

Veronico. The looming immensity of Moffett Field's Hangar One, which once housed the world's largest - and last - dirigible, the 2.5 million depression-era dollar USS Macon, is an unforgettable South Bay landmark. Here, you'll witness the field's full history, from its time as a U.S. Navy airship port, through its days serving the army and the air force, to its present status as home to NASA's Ames Research Center and the world's largest wind tunnel. 128 pages, 200 B&W photographs, 6½"x 9¼", softcover.

 

.....#0018121 $19.95

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USS Los Angeles

The Navy's Venerable Airship and Aviation Technology. Althoff. Here is the complete history of the U.S. Navy's most successful airship, built by the Zeppelin Company and known for its record-breaking four-day flight from Germany to the U.S. Less well known is the competition between the Navy and the U.S. Army to control the airship and its innovative aviation technology. 336 pgs., 230 B&W photos, illustrations, and diagrams, 8½"x 11", hdbd.

 

.....#0010100 $44.95

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Zeppelins

German Airships 1900-40

Stephenson. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's first airship, the LZ 1, flew on July 2, 1900. Although deemed a failure, a succession of better craft enabled Zeppelins to expand into commercial and military markets, where they performed strategic bombing missions in World War I. Here, you'll trace this rich history from inception, through the crash of the Hindenburg, to Zeppelins in World War II. 48 pages, 41 B&W photographs, 16 color illustrations, 7¼"x 9¾", softcover.

 

.....#0015205 $15.95

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The Airship Experience

In this fascinating collection, you'll read the memoirs of airship pioneers such as Hans von Schiller, skipper of the Graf Zeppelin; Lundi Moore, record-holding Nan-ship pilot; "Ducky" Ward and others. It's a rare, firsthand look at a remarkable period in aviation history. 200 pages, B&W photographs, 8½"x 11", softcover.

 

.....#0040130 $24.95

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United States Navy Airships in World War II

Rosendahl. First published more than 45 years ago, this definitive study written by Vice Admiral Charles Rosendahl - the Navy's foremost airship advocate - is filled with fascinating details of Navy airship history. You'll read of a previously classified combat engagement between a blimp and a submarine (along with some two dozen other missions), enjoy the unprecedented 3-part image section with many previously unpublished photographs, and more! 220 pages, 8½"x 11", softcover.

 

.....#0040132 $24.95

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SNAFU

The Strange Story of American Airships

Rosendahl. This is the long lost exposé about Navy lighter-than-air craft, written by their most outspoken advocate: Vice Admiral C.E. Rosendahl. What really happened to the Akron, Macon and Hindenburg? You'll read his views on these and other subjects, including plans for the future. 220 pages, B&W photographs and diagrams, 8½"x 11", hardcover.

 

.....#0040131 $59.95

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P2V Neptune in Action

Sullivan. Designed as a land based photo-reconnaissance and anti-submarine duty aircraft, the P2V Neptune evolved into multiple variants that also served off of aircraft carriers. Here, you'll see the developmental and service histories of this plane that was really the aerial backbone of the West's defense of the seas in the 1950s and into the 1960s. 48 pgs., 95 B&W photos, engineering drawings, 10 color profiles and more. 11"x 8¼", sfbd.

 

.....#0004048 $12.95

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P-3 Orion in Action

Dann & Burgess. Based on Lockheed's L-188 Electra airliner, the prototype YP3V-1 first flew in 1959, leading to the P-3A Orion in 1962. This book examines the development and operational service of the Orion and its variants, which have served in maritime patrol, electronic intelligence collection, and atmospheric research missions. Includes 3-view drawings, 10 color profiles, and approximately 100 B&W photographs. 49 pages, 11"x 8¼", softcover.

 

.....#0030154 $12.95

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The Age of Orion

The Lockheed P-3 Story. Reade. A heavily illustrated examination of the U.S. Navy's Orion maritime patrol and anti-submarine hunting aircraft. The book presents a complete history with portraits of every model and its configuration as well as descriptions of its endless array of current and future capabilities. Also includes a comprehensive list of every Orion in the world accompanied by historical data for each and markings information. 224 pgs., over 280 color photos of U.S. and foreign aircraft, 8½"x 11", hdbd.

 

.....#0003768 $49.95

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Adak

The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586. Jampoler. You're in the cockpit of a P-3 Orion as an engine fire forces pilot Jerry Grigsby to ditch at sea. Based on interviews with participants (survivors, searchers, and the master of the Soviet boat that saved the living and recovered the dead), actual radio communications, files at U.S. government agencies, and the patrol squadron's own investigation, the flight crew's battle to survive is recounted here in full detail. 240 pgs., 15 photos and drawings, 6"x 9", hdbd.

 

.....#0006876 $28.95

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Videos

Rigid Airship Construction

See the amazing U.S. military airships being built! This film is mostly raw footage of the USS Los Angeles, USS Akron and USS Macon under construction, with very little editing done. Approximately one hour.

 

.....#00V8683 $24.95

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The American Zeppelins

Airship History Series - VHS

The 1920s saw bold innovations in aeronautics as the Europeans built a fleet of rigid airships. This video tells the story of how the United States tried to keep up, first by trying to purchase airships overseas then by building the USS Shenandoah, a copy of a German Zeppelin. Finally, war reparations enabled the U.S. to purchase the USS Los Angeles, the most successful U.S. airship, which served as an aeronautical test bed, observatory, naval scout and flying aircraft carrier. 1 hr. 30 min.

Also available on DVD (V9500).

 

.....#00V8682 $29.95

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Navy Blimp Training

This video presents some of the best airship training films ever produced by the U.S. Navy. Includes Lighter-Than-Air Training of 1945; The Airship; Fundamental Principles and Operation of 1950; and Airship Ground Handling of 1957. B&W and color.

 

.....#00V8684 $24.95

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U.S. Army Lighter-than-Air

This collection of newsreel and official Army films covers the ill-fated Roma; the semi-rigid RS-1 and its visit to Ford in Michigan; the only known footage of Army "hook-on" experiments and spy basket tests; the last two powered airships - the TC-13 and TC-14; and observation balloons. B&W.

 

.....#00V8685 $24.95

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USS Los Angeles

The Most Successful Rigid Airship of the U.S. Navy

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When built, the USS Los Angeles ZR-3 was the largest and most advanced airship in the world. A flying laboratory, the airship tested water recovery equipment, navigation and radio apparatus, and mechanical ground handling equipment. This collection of newsreel footage shows the Los Angeles in action - in flight, at mooring circles, in research operations and on other exciting missions. Approximately 60 minutes, B&W, silent.

 

.....#00V8688 $24.95

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Airships Fight a Cold War

Airship History Series

The decision to retain airships in the U.S. Navy following WWII returned old K-ships to duty and inspired development of the more capable tri-tail ZS2G-1 and the larger "Nan" generation, including the ZPN-1, the ZPG-2 and the ZPG-3W. See the triumphs and tragedies of these airships from 1945-1962 and also learn of current plans to return airships to Naval service. B&W and color; 110 minutes.

 

.....#00V8690 $29.95

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The American Zeppelins

American Airship Series- DVD

The 1920s saw bold innovations in aeronautics as the Europeans built a fleet of rigid airships. This video tells the story of how the United States tried to keep up, first by trying to purchase airships overseas then by building the USS Shenandoah, a copy of a German Zeppelin. Finally, war reparations enabled the U.S. to purchase the USS Los Angeles, the most successful U.S. airship, which served as an aeronautical test bed, observatory, naval scout and flying aircraft carrier. 1 hr. 30 min.

 

.....#00V9500 $29.95

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The Flying Carriers

Airship History Series - DVD

This program focuses on the USS Akron and the USS Macon, two lighter-than-air ships that were built for the U.S. Navy in the late 1920s and early 1930s. You'll see construction, testing, operational service... and wreckage, too, as both ships met unfortunate ends. Perhaps most incredible is the air launching and recovery of early fighter planes from these massive airships - truly designed as aircraft carriers in the sky! 1 hr. 50 min.

 

.....#00V9502 $29.95

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The Blimp Goes to War... Again

Airship History Series - DVD

Reviewing the history of U.S. Navy Zeppelin Patrol (ZP) squadrons and their lighter-than-air craft from 1937-1945, this DVD includes rare government and private footage - even home movies - that shows you the construction of the non-rigid K-type airships; their huge hangar facilities; their deployment to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Africa to defeat the German U-boat threat; and more. 1 hr. 30 min.

 

.....#00V9503 $29.95

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U.S. Army Blimps - DVD

This program features fascinating newsreel and official U.S. Army footage of non-rigid airships from the 1920s and '30s, showing you how they delivered mail to speeding trains, ran vital dispatches to ships at sea, rescued stranded survivors, and much more. You even get bonus footage of World War I observation balloons! B&W, 1 hour.

 

.....#00V9505 $19.95

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Models & Kits

Curtiss Sparrowhawk Balsa Kit

Precision laser-cut balsa wood kit includes hand-selected balsa, full-sized plans, 9" plastic propeller, vacuum-molded parts, colored tissue and full-color decals. With over 130 parts, kit is suitable for beginners and experienced modelers alike. 30" wingspan when complete; for display or rubber-powered flight.

 

.....#0008974 $50.95

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USS Macon Display Model

Hand made of Philippine mahogany, this model of the U.S. Navy's "aircraft carrier in the sky" is expertly detailed right down to the giant craft's gondola, engines and the F9C-2 Sparrowhawk hanging from the trapeze. Measures 20½" long and includes the display base.

 

.....#0097028 $199.00

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Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk 1/20 Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/20 scale model measures 12" in length with a wingspan of 15¼". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.

 

.....#0009467 $179.00

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Curtiss Sparrowhawk 1/20 Model with a FREE Print!

Purchase the Model, Get the Print Free! A $39.95 Value!

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/20 scale model measures 12" long with a 15¼" wingspan, is hand painted and detailed, and arrives ready to display on the included mahogany base.

Permission to Come Aboard

Paul Wollman. U.S. Navy F9C Sparrowhawks practice their "takeoffs" and "landings" from the giant USS Akron and USS Macon airships, which were truly the aircraft carriers of the sky. This hand-numbered, limited edition print measures 24"x 18".

 

.....#0087129 $179.00

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P-3C Orion 1/85 Model

Made of durable molded resin, this 1/85 scale model measures 16¼" in length and has a wingspan of 14". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.

 

.....#0009362 $169.00

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P2V-7 Neptune 1/72 Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/72 scale model measures 16" in length and has a wingspan of 17¼". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.

 

.....#0009361 $149.00

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P2V-5 Neptune 1/72 Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/72 scale model measures 16" in length and has a wingspan of 17¼". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.

 

.....#0009476 $149.00

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P-3C Orion 1/72 Kit

The P-3C naval anti-submarine patrol plane first flew in the early 1960s as a replacement for the P2V Neptune. This latest version contains advanced submarine detection sensors such as directional frequency and ranging (DIFAR) sonobuoys and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment. Highly detailed plastic kit has a 16½" wingspan and measures 19¼" long. Includes 163 pieces; assembly required.

 

.....#0090562 $37.95

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USS Los Angeles Balsa Kit

The USS Los Angeles was originally built in 1923 at the Zeppelin works in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and was the world's largest aircraft when first flown. Often used as a military test bed, the Los Angeles pioneered the technique of the airplane-airship hook-up. This balsa wood kit features laser-cut lite plywood bulkheads, contest quality balsa, formed plastic detail parts, and quality covering tissue. Finished model is 24" long with a 4" diameter; assembly required.

 

.....#0008819 $39.95

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U.S. Navy Blimp 1/350 Die Cast Model

This 1/350 scale die cast model of a U.S. Navy blimp flown in World War II features a detailed gondola and twin motors, authentic SP-12 Blimp Squadron markings, a display stand and more. Measures 5½" long.

 

.....#0091134 $15.95

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U.S. Navy Blimp 1/330 Kit

134 K-type blimps were delivered to the U.S. Navy in World War II… and now you can build one more! This 1/330 scale plastic kit of a Mediterranean Theater mine hunter features textured surfaces; full ground and mooring equipment; ZP-14 markings, including rare blimp "nose art;" and more. 9" long; assembly required.

 

.....#0095301 $14.95

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U.S. Navy ZPG2-W Blimp Display Model

Hand made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/200 scale model of the U.S. Navy's N-class, non-rigid airship is expertly detailed right down to the craft's gondola, wheels and ZW-I Squadron markings. Measures 20½" long and includes a display base.

 

.....#0097052 $199.00

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Software

P-3 Orion

Covering the P-3 Orion's history from the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 through Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, this CD-ROM image library includes over 800 photographs, more than 400 of which are hi-resolution images suitable for printing photos up to 8"x 10", calendars, posters and more. Includes many never-before-published photographs and thumbnail index pages for easy searching. PC and Mac compatible.

 

.....#0059998 $12.95

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Accessories

USS Los Angeles Pin

This handcrafted pin is made of the finest enamels and copper electroplated with gold, resulting in quality that will last a lifetime. 2" wide, it will look great on your hat or lapel.

 

.....#0065103 $11.95

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Airship Pilot Wing

This high-quality cast of an Airship Pilot Badge used from 1921 to 1940 is made of sterling silver, includes a pin back, and measures approximately 3" wide. A great addition to your memorabilia collection.

 

.....#0065011 $49.95

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