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About my libraryMy library is focused on all aspects of aviation before 1918. Emphasis seems to go slowly to early aviation, that is pre-1914. Apart from the books catalogued in Librarything I have a vast collection of aviation magazines (old and more recent) in its original paper form or in electronic ('scanned') form.

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Favorite authorsJ. M. Bruce, Peter M. Grosz, Alex Imrie, Heinz J. Nowarra (Shared favorites)

Real nameKees Kort

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Re: Gotha study of Jack Herris

Hello, Kees!
My rating, 3-1/2 is a reflection of mixed feelings, as usual.

1) Print-on-Demand often does not produce very best polygraphic results. The printing quality of the book is not very bad, just an average.
2) Book design (pagination, selection of text styles) is about average, too.
3) Content of the monograph is quite good overall. For me, personally, technical details are scarce. I must admit, however, I found a lot of new information concerning Gotha LE,LD and WD types.
4) What is missing (from my point of view, of course!) is a study of technical development, may be a sort of "family three" showing relations between various types.

Overall, the book is not perfect but best available in many departments. Recommended.

With kindest regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
Re: The History of Bulgarian Military Aviation by Prof. Dr. Col. Dimitar Nedyalkov, Sofia, 2012.

There is an English language edition, The History of Bulgarian Air Power, available from Bulgariana.com ( http://bulgariana.com/product_info.php?cPath=25_29&products_id=5557&osCs... )

I had no time yet to read the book thoroughly.
The book is well bound, glossy paper, 527 pages, table of contents included, no index, no references. Concerning sources,there are short notes at the bottom of the pages. There are many pictures, well reproduced but most very small.
46 pages cover aviation in Bulgaria before the Great War (1892-1914).
60 pages cover the World War I (1914-1918).
36 pages cover the inter-war period (1919-1940).
50 pages cover the period 1940-1944.
36 pages cover the activity in the period in January / September 1944.
42 pages cover the period between September 1944 and May 1945.
50 pages cover the period 1945-1950.
90 pages cover the period 1951-1966.
76 pages cover the period 1967-1990.
31 pages cover the period after 1990.

Regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
RE: Ilse Essers, geb. Kober : Technik an meinem Lebensweg : Аls Frau und Ingenieur in der Frühzeit der Luftfahrttechnik

This biography provides some details about Kober and his colleagues at Fridricfhshafen.
It is not a thotough account, more like collection of essays about periods of Ilse Kober's life.
No technical details on specific aeroplanes or production at Friedrichshafen.
There are some very good pictures of early Fridrichshafen aeroplanes.
Recommended.
With kindest regards,
Yavor
P.S. Congratulations for Baron Miyahara's albums!
Hi, Kees!
There are couple of excellent full page photos and high quality drawings as usual.
There are, however, conflicting data concerning serial numbers and some technical details which remain without explanation, or just a note about lack of explanation ...
I have quite a few books to read during the holidays :)
Merry Christmas!
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
Couple of months ago I was looking for another title and pre-ordered the Caproni book. It was shipped in October. The book is almost a reprint with a few editorial remarks, I believe. This is my reason to rate it at 3-1/2. Higher rating is reserved for more comprehensive revision. Color profiles are a bit outdated, too. The book is good, nevertheless.
Regards,
Yavor
Thank you for the correction, Kees!
My copy is a new (Oct 2010), bilingual edition (http://www.vaccari.it/editoria/libreria/new.php?_a=&_c=sav.&_c64=&_f...). For some reason Vaccari decided to place the authors in an alphabetical order.
My own detail page is updated now, and both editions combined (http://www.librarything.com/work/6528250/details/66312594).
With kindest regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
Another book from the same author, Jerome C. Hunsaker and the Rise of American Aeronautics, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002, is on my list, too.
Yavor
P.S. Many glass negatives from the George G. Bain Collection, Library of Congress, provide excellent illustrations to the William F. Trimble's book.
Hi, Kees!
Hero of the Air : Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation by William F. Trimble (Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2010, hardcover, dustjacket, 270 pages) is good. There are details of Curtiss connections and cooperation with US Navy not covered in other sources. The list of naval personnel involved is like "who is who" in the development of naval aviation, including some of the future Pacific Fleet commanders of WWII fame as well. I would like it a bit more technical and without first part of the title. The book is good, however, and highly recommended.
With kindest regards,
Yavor


Hi, Kees!
I started reading the book couple of days ago but there was not too much reading this week (the vacation is too short!) ... went through the first two chapters ... there are brief details about motocycle racing and early Curtiss engines, as well as AEA.
The book is readable and promising ... more substantial report will follow next week.
Best wishes from Kefalonia!
Yavor
Congratulations, Kees! It should be a great book!
Yavor
Hi there

The Air Racing book by Don Berliner is finally out :)

cheers!
... the method used by the Library of Congress, probably very scientific but maybe not very handy ...

Yes, I had the same problem in several occasions. Lot of scientific and engineering publications are listed by LoC but search through author's name and title is almost impossible.
P.S. The author spells his name in latin alphabet as Marat A. Khayrulin.
Yes. The author was working on some changes but in a very short timeframe. The narrative of the old book was quite good. The quality of the pictures will be not as high as Windsock but the text and data will be enough to justify procurement. The book will be not expensive, about 15 to 20 Euros is common for books of this series. The picture quality is, usually, not very good.
Regards,
Yavor
P.S. Recently (June catalog) a new "Ilya Murometz" book by Marat Khayrulin was announced by the mass-production publisher "Eksmo", in the same series as my I-16 and La-5 titles.
Regards,
Yavor
Thank you, Kees!
It works. Recently the whole series became available through Ozon.ru, well, not exactly cheap, about 40 - 50 US$ per book.
Also, you can buy directly from the publisher.
Regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
Okhotnik Publishing House books are available through ozon.ru, solution for foreign customers, at last!
http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/5037926/
Regards,
Yavor
Hi Kees!
The Vaccari edition of the Cobianchi's book is a reprint and, as recent discussion on The Aerodrome revealed, the page numbers are the same as in 1943 edition (+). The book is large (A4) and well done (+). No drawings included. Numerous pictures are clustered on separate pages, out of original numbering sequence. The selection of pictures is good (+) but actual print quality not so (e.g. in comparison with Mauro Antonellini's book). My feeling is the pictures are "reprints" not reproduced from negatives (-). Photo captions are very brief (-). There are numerous bottom-line editor notes with corrections to the original text, mostly about dates. The book is a good reference, in my opinion, because I have no other comparable source of information concerning this particular subject - the history of italian aviation before the end of 1914.
Thank you very much for the obscure Caudron / Farman reference!
Regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
Would You be so kind to tell us who is the publisher of the two Caudron books recently included? I am not able to find anything about :(
Regards,
Yavor
Thanks. We are starting a project that maybe (we hope) will end with a flyable Gnome Omega replica :)
Hi there! Do you have a good book covering the Gnome rotary engine, especially the Omega?

thx!
Hi Kees!
Nothing about R.69.
Only first 16 pages (out of 120) of the book cover the period from 1912 to the end of the WWI. The pictures are quite good (particularly couple of Lohner) but nothing unusual.
Regards,
Yavor
Yes, I've found out the other way around :) I move easily in french and never had it in school. Real close to portuguese, me thinks :)
Based on your interests, you might want to check out (and download) this classic work on zeppelins at the internet archive - http://www.archive.org/details/zeppelinstoryofg00vissrich

Zeppelin; the story of a great achievement (1922)
by Harry Vissering

Lots of neat photographs, including interiors.

My LT record (with book cover) is at: http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=fugitive&searchall=1&deepse...

but yes, much more text than photos/images/illustrations...
Well, there is only one dirigile photo, from a former Santos-Dumont dirigible that was bought by a portuguese. I haven't been able to start reading it yet.

Most of the photos are from newspapers, with a strong incidence on caricatures. I think it's well researched but I still trying to find out if shouldn't there be more info in the balloon reconaissance group from the Army in it. Maybe not. Well, from the glimpses I've got the text is nice and rich in detail and pleasant to read.

It is being distributed by the newspaper Publico. They have an online store here:

http://loja.publico.clix.pt/Publico/DetalheProduto.html?id=1179
Just to tell you... this just arrived :)

http://www.librarything.com/work/edit/47146809

It's the first volume of two (it's being distributed with a national daily newspaper) because were celebrating the 100 years of aviation in Portugal.

Around 300 pages, first volume covers 1709-1915, from Gusmão to the end of the spherical balloons. No aeroplanes in this, next tuesday vol. 2 comes out :)
Hi, Kees!
Photo quality of both volumes (Suomen Ilmavoimat I and II) is very good, as well as printing and binding. I found only couple of pictures for which the original was, probably, not good (retouched or out of focus).
There are few problems with English language text. Individual aircraft histories at the end of the books are available in Finnich only.
The books are good but somewhat expensive.
Regards,
Yavor

P.S. There are few opportunities to visit South America, Australia and New Zealand but who knows ...
Thank you, Kees!
I will try to follow your advice, except writting in French :)
Regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
The Rumpler book arrived. First impresion is very favourable. Very comprehensive coverage of all the Rumpler aeroplanes I knew and a lot more. List of early Taubes construction and serial numbers included.
Last night I looked for the Reims 1909 album you posted. Couple of copies found but for some reason French antique book stores, as well as amazon.fr, do not serve Bulgaria. Probably do not know we are part of the EU nowadays. I am going to look for it further.
Regards,
Yavor
Varese2002: "I stumbled on your qualification of eclectic for the German series, I could not see what you meant. You are right, the contents of the different parts is sometimes variable, but always at least 3-stars and sometimes higher."

Hi, Kees!
I was trying to say just that - the series is not cohesive and covers very broad subject. Some books contain a lot of technical information (e.g. Junkers) while others concentrate on people and circumstances. I will go after some of the books (e.g. Rumpler) and will keep looking for other titles and book reviews.
The Schwipps' book looks to be a good one, I went through 20 or so pages during the weekend. Thanks!
Regards,
Yavor
Hi, Kees!
Do not know yet :)
The book was received this morning in good condition, as well as latest issue of OTF. Now I am reading Jack Carpenter's book about Bell, Wright brothers and Curtiss. I am going to look what is inside the German book during weekend. The Rumpler book is on my list already. Die deutsche Luftfahrt series is, probably, a bit eclectic but couple of titles are going to be valuable references. The Junkers book (Band 24) is not an easy read and some parts are not as detailed as I would like but there is a lot of material not available from other sources.
Regards,
Yavor
I can try to get you one, if you wish. Unless you want to spend some vacation days in Lisboa :)
by the way, you can probably be interested in the digitalization work of the Lisbon hemerotec (newspaper library) here:

http://hemerotecadigital.cm-lisboa.pt
Just reviewed it :)

http://www.librarything.com/work/8307496
Hi Kees

it seems there will be a new book on airracing soon:

Airplane Racing: A History, 1909-2008 , Don Berliner

:)
Kees, I haven't been there yet (me and a friend are always saying "next week") but I'll do a full report after, no worry :)
I've tried my best but there's not much info laying around...
Thank you, Kees!
Delivery of the Reilly's book was much more expensive than the book itself.
The book is quite good. Because of his experience with airline finances, the author provides insight on funding such activities during pre-WWI years. It is an important aspect, I believe, often overlooked.
Regards,
Yavor
Hello Kees!
Would you be so kind to recommend good reference concerning Albatros Flugzeugwerke GmbH and Dr. Walter Huth?
I have almost nothing for the period 1909 to 1914.
Regards,
Yavor
Hi Kees

The book is very beautifull. It is a two-in-one really, I'm very found of the historical part, the concept ideas don't boil me so much, I think they show they come too much from car designers. a 5? well, maybe a 4 1/2, I might review my classification... but the historical part, well, they are indeed very good and there are also two expanded inserts. werry nice.

best!
I think the book has arrived :)

http://speedbirds.blogspot.com/2009/01/landing.html

Expensive, though... around 40eur

best, rreis
What's the old line? Something about to nations separated by a common language.
Guess that applies to book descriptions as well.
Ian
Hi Kees,
Volume 1 is about aeroplanes built by Schetinin and designed by Grigorovich.
Regards,
Yavor

http://avia-hobby.ru/aa/aa.html
I am sorry! Something is wrong with cyrilics in this mode :(
Yavor
Re: Бомбардировщики Илья Муро​мец в бою - Воздушные линкор​ы Российской империи

Hi Kees,
It is the same book. There are two parts od the memoirs, written by two brothers, Sergey Nikolskoy (or Nikolskiy) and Mikhail Nikolskoy (or Nikolskiy), as well as a foreword written by Marat Khayrulin. Be aware, I am not able to confirm the right spelling: "Никольской" or "Никольский".
LybraryThing is not yet very good whit cyrilic alphabet searches, and does not like long author names either :)
Searches for the second author can be performed inside your own lybrary but not elsewhere.
Regards,
Yavor

P.S. What is your opinion about other Russian language book you added?
P.S.2. Ben-my-Chree - Woman of My Heart: Isle of Man Packet Steamer and Seaplane Carrier by Ian M. Burns (2008) is a nice book too.
Hi Kees,
My copy of Cross Country arrived today. First impressions, after a quick flip through, are good. It is well bound - sewn sections even - and the photos well reproduced, and what an interesting collection they are too.
The book looks like it will be a bit of a slog to read through but there is so much of interest, especially post WW1 - Greece and S America, and bush flying in Canada. Don't know when I'll find the time to read it though...
Ian
Hi Kees,
One more thing, I was able to find the Cuny and Danel book on French bombers between the wars "L'Aviation Française de Bombardement et de Renseignement : 1918-1940 (Docavia)". Stumbled across it yesterday in a used bookstore, wasn't cheap, but it's a beautiful book. It's the companion book to their one on French fighters between the wars that you and I both have. There's some copies available on the internet, I know you'd love it. Steve
Hi Kees,
I haven't had a chance to check them out on the microfilm reader at the local library. I bought about 45 of them from a friend, who said that there was information on them from 1939-43 - Regia Aeronautica, orders of battle, maps, the Italian Army in Greece, Libya, Tunisia, Albania, Bulgaria, France, Russia, Yugoslavia, Sicily, and Italy. Information that you can't find anywhere else, and there's not that much on the Italians in WWII that finds it's way over to the USA. The story behind these documents are that they were captured by the Germans in 1943 after the Armistice and then the US Army captured them and brought them back at the end of the war. You're right, they are in Italian, and I'm getting inspired to learn that language because of them and some other Italian books I have. I'm hoping to start looking at them next week while I have a couple of days off work. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that your New Year will be happy and prosperous! Thanks for your comment!! Steve
Kees,
Just found this information about the Travers brothers and a brief mention of the book. Might help you make up your mind about it.

Biographical history:
James Lindsay Travers: born in 1883; educated at King's College, London, 1902-1906; apprentice at Legros and Knowles Engineering Works, Willesden, 1906-1909; draughtsman, Royal Engineers Balloon Factory, Farnborough, 1909, working chiefly on wind balances for wind tunnel; Assistant to Professor A K Huntington in aviation experiments, Eastchurch, 1909; undertook private aviation experiments, 1910; appointed as designer and assistant to Short Brothers, Eastchurch, 1911, and worked on aeroplanes, floating devices and first twin-engined aeroplanes; undertook instruction, flew passengers and raced for Graham-White Company, Hendon, 1911-1912; joined Naval Wing of Royal Flying Corps, 1912; flew and tested seaplanes and undertook experiments with flying boats and night flying, Calshot Air Station, 1913-1914; Flight Cdr, Royal Naval Air Service, 1914; Commanding Officer, Calshot Air Station, 1915; appointed to Felixstowe to investigate problems connected with handling of seaplanes on ships, 1916; appointed to Air Department, Admiralty, to test new types of flying boats, 1917; commanded test flight, Isle of Grain Test Depot, 1917; Wg Cdr, 1917; Lt Col, RAF, 1918; in charge of technical information, Civil Aviation Department, Air Ministry, 1920-1921; Technical Adviser to Chilean Naval Air Service, 1921-1923; died in air crash, 1924. Herbert Gardner Travers: born in 1891; worked for Joseph Travers and Sons Limited, trading merchants, London, 1910-1914; joined Machine Gun Section, 1 Bn, Honourable Artillery Company and posted to France, 1914; joined Royal Naval Air Service, 1915; undertook reconnaissance flights in France, 1916-1917; flew on North Sea anti-submarine patrols, 1917; served in France with 211 Sqn, RAF, 1918; test pilot and seaplane pilot, Blackburn Aeroplane and Manufacturing Company, Athens, Greece, 1926-1928; pilot instructor, Bristol and Wessex Club, Cinque Ports Flying Club, and London Aeroplane Club, 1928-1933; pilot, National Air Display, 1934; pilot, Spartan Air Lines, Imperial Airways and British Airways, 1935-1938; Flight Lt, Administration and Special Duties Branch, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1939-1945; died in 1958. Charles Tindal Travers: born in 1898; 2nd Lt, 1 Worcestershire Regt, 1916; served with 10 and 84 Sqns Royal Flying Corps, BEF, France, 1917-1918; studied at King's College, London, 1920-1923; served with Royal Canadian Air Force, 1928-1932; Air Engineer and Pilot , Manitoba Forestry Service, Canada, 1932-1934; died in 1969.

CONTENT
Scope and content/abstract:
Cross country (Hothersall and Travers, Sittinbourne, 1990), a biography of James Lindsay Travers, 1883-1924, Herbert Gardner Travers, 1891-1958, Charles Tindal Travers, 1898-1969, notably including details of James Lindsay Travers' experiments with seaplanes and flying boats, 1909-1914, and of the brothers' service in World War One with the Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Flying Corps and RAF, written by E Travers, the daughter of Herbert Gardner Travers, and privately published in 1990. Includes extracts from the brothers' letters and from Herbert Gardner Travers' flying log-books.

Ian
Kees,
Just noticed you have added the Wagner Junkers F13 book - great minds think alike. My copy had got buried - I bought it back in 1977 or'8 - and I added last week.
Don't know why I bought it or kept it - I don't read German! It looks to be a good one though.
Ian
Kees,
What am I,a fount of all knowledge? (Joking - just my wierd sense of humour, always gets me in trouble.)
The book is an unknown quantity to me. A quick check through my library indicated that J L Travers was a early (ca. 1912) naval airman, but the other Travers have not yet turned up.
It looks interesting and at 5 quid, well you can't go wrong. I will be ordering a copy...
Ian
Hi Kees,
If you are looking for a review of Ben-my-Chree - check out Aeroplane Monthly, Dec 2008 issue. There are others, but that may be the easiest to locate.
Ian
Hi Kees,
The problem with a specialist subject is finding a publisher. So, with a retired publisher friend in the UK we produced a limited edition as a private publication.
All remaining copies are held in the UK and a copy can be purchased directly from the publisher:
Colin Huston at Colin.Huston@tesco.net. Or, you could go on to the Cross and Cockade International web site and order through them.
Regards,
Ian
Hi Kees

The last post says it should come out end of January, next year. Let's way and see. The illustrations are really good.

cheerio!,

rreis
Hi

There's a book comming up from France on race and speed planes. It has an excellent blog and I fought you could be interested:

http://speedbirds.blogspot.com/

best!
Thanks for the input! I've decided to get the "The Speed Seekers", only money for one of them!

As Dan-San says, blue skies!
Can you give me a review for this one?

Racing Planes and Air Races A Complete History Volume I 1909 - 1923 ?

best,

rreis
Hi there. Nice you liked the photos, it's the Portuguese Air Force Museum. I still have to go to the Navy Museum, they also have some aircraft there :). See you in the 'drome ;)

best,

rreis
your library is amazing. congrats
I have the Dierikx, although is some time since I read it. Seemed to be strong on the post war period, which was good.
There was an article in Sept (?) issue of Aeroplane about the German glider bombs, by Phil Jarrett. I learnt a lot of 'new' history from it. If you do not have a copy let me know, I can scan it for you.
Ian
A few months ago I was searching for information about 20lb Cooper Bombs, a coleague in C&C International was able to supply what I needed at the time. Then I spotted the Bombs book on the NMP website but the full price of 18 UK pounds was too much. They now have on sale for less than half price, which is about what it is worth.
It is a reprint of manuals from 1918 period and contains pretty much everything you could ever want to know about aerial bombs of the period - most were still being used in the early 1930's,on 'peace keeping' operations, surplus wartime stocks probably. The bombs have a detailed drawing and description. There are sections on various types of bomb racks, again with drawings. How to carry out a bombing raid using DH9's...
For the price a very valuable reference source.
Thanks for your opinion on the Weyl. Since I have a recent Fokker biog and his own (ghost written?) biography, I'll probably not seek it out. But if one comes my way at a fair price, i"ll grab it.
Ian
Ian
Hi Kees, Re Short 184. Yes, it's a lovely shot on Ben-my-Chree at Gallipoli probably in June 1915. That's George Bentley Dacre standing on the float - 184 was his usual mount. Ian
Hi Kees, I notice that you have Weyl's Fokker The Creative Years. When I first started getting interested in WW1 - The Beatles were #1 all the time - there was a lot of comment on the book. Most of it seemed to be along the lines that Weyl had an axe to grind and the book could not be trusted. I cannot remember the details after all these years, but wonder if you have an opinion. I've never bought the book myself - so negative were the comments! Regards, Ian
Hi Kees, it's a 1995 reprint by Battery Press of the original British Air Ministry report from 1918. Battery Press does a real nice job on their reprints (this one was done in cooperation with the Imperial War Museum). Here's a link to the book that Battery Press is selling on E-Bay http://cgi.ebay.com/HANDBOOK-OF-GERMAN-MILITARY-AND-NAVAL-AVIATION-1918_W0QQitem...
They normally sell their books at the list price ($39.95 for this book), but about twice a month, they sell their books as auction items. That's how I got this book, and it was only $19.95 . So if you're interested in getting a copy, of this book or other books from Battery Press, you might want to keep an eye out for their auctions. Kind regards, Steve
Thanks Kees!!!
Hi Kees, Thank you for catching that!! I've corrected it. Steve
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