Subtitled: A collectors' guide to aeronautical relics: airfields, autographs, badges, books, nomenclature, postcards, propellers, records, research, stamps and wrecks.
Collecting is the mania of millions but, although there are hundreds of reference works for the militaria, stamp, coin or antique collector, until now there has been no comparable book for the aircraft enthusiast.
This book shows, for the first time, how to begin looking for and collecting these relics of the air; how to discriminate between the valuable and the worthless; and how to turn an interest in old aircraft or aviation history into a fascinating and rewarding pastime.
Beginning with a survey of veteran and vintage aircraft and preservation societies, the book then examines the scope, possibilities and dangers inherent in unearthing aircraft wrecks throughout the world. It explains the legal problems and such hazards as live ammunition, the use of metal detectors, and how to identify what you have found.
The author then investigates some of the other related fields of activity, such as exploring old and derelict airfields, and explains the significance of various points of aeronautical architecture.
There are sections on collecting and identifying a variety of other related aeronautical relics, with guidance on their respective values and how to avoid fake material, including postcards, cigarette cards, airmail covers, propellers, paintings, drawings and models.
Overall the book is in good condition. The binding is tight and the pages are clean throughout. There is some shelf wear to the edges of the dust jacket. The dust jacket has not been price clipped.