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FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT JAMES W. EMPEY., Empey, James W. (1924-2013). World War II ace fighter pilot at 20 years old.
21 Empey, James W. (1924-2013). World War II ace fighter pilot at 20 years old. FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT JAMES W. EMPEY.
Phoenix, AZ: September 3, 1991. 1991. Fine Signed
Phoenix, AZ: September 3, 1991.. 1991.. Fine. - A white 3-5/8 inch high by 6-1/2 inch wide envelope is illustrated with an image of a bombed battleship & a rescue boat at Pearl Harbor titled "Commemorating World War II / 1941: A World at War" with an Atlantic Charter postage stamp. Signed "Lt/Col James W. Empey" on the address panel. Fine

World War II fighter pilot James W. Empey [1924-2013] became an ace at the young age of 20 when he shot down five German aircraft within a month in 1944. After the war he returned to the United States and became a training instructor. He subsequently attended the Air Force's experimental test pilot school and in 1962 was sent to Oklahoma State University to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and flew missions throughout that war, retiring from the Air Force in 1972 as lieutenant colonel. During his years of service he was awarded the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a total of 27 Air Medals. He was also inducted into the Commemorative Air Force American Combat Airman Hall of Fame in 2009. 
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22 Field, Richard M.; and Stetson, Harlan T MAP READING AND AVIGATION: An Introduction
New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., (1942). (1942). Very good 
New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., (1942).. (1942).. Very good. - Quarto, light blue cloth titled in light blue within dark blue bands on the front cover & in dark blue on the spine. The spine & extremities are darkened. The covers are spotted & lightly rubbed. xviii & 129 pages. Illustrated in black & white with tables, maps, diagrams & photographic illustrations. There is occasional light foxing, else the contents are very good.

Second printing. 
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FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II AND KOREAN WAR FIGHTER PILOT BROOKS J. LILES., Liles, Brooks "Pappy" J. (1923-2008). World War II and Korean War fighter pilot.
23 Liles, Brooks "Pappy" J. (1923-2008). World War II and Korean War fighter pilot. FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II AND KOREAN WAR FIGHTER PILOT BROOKS J. LILES.
Lexington, VA: October 24, 1967. 1967. Fine Signed
Lexington, VA: October 24, 1967.. 1967.. Fine. - A 3-5/8 inch high by 6-1/2 inch wide First Day Cover in the "Prominent American Series" with a stamp, portrait and vignette portraying George C. Marshall. Signed "Brooks J. Liles / Lt. Col. USAF". Near fine.

As a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot in World War II, Brooks "Pappy" Liles [1923- 2008] was hit by ground fire after shooting down an enemy aircraft. He crashed near Prague, Czechoslovakia and both Liles and a fellow pilot who attempted to rescue him were captured and held prisoner until the end of the war. Returning to service in Korea, Liles was credited with shooting down four Mig-15s, thus becoming a U.S. Air Force Ace. He retired in 1965 as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. 
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FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT KENNETH R. "BUD" POOL., Pool, Kenneth R. "Bud". (1923-2011). World War II Ace fighter pilot.
24 Pool, Kenneth R. "Bud". (1923-2011). World War II Ace fighter pilot. FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED BY WORLD WAR II ACE FIGHTER PILOT KENNETH R. "BUD" POOL.
Carmel, NY: March 25, 1975. 1975. Fine Signed
Carmel, NY: March 25, 1975.. 1975.. Fine. - A white 3-5/8 inch high by 6-1/2 inch wide envelope is illustrated with a color portrait of Sybil Ludington headed "Contributors to the cause during the American Revolution". With two Sybil Ludington postage stamps. Signed " Bud Pool / 35th Fighter Sqdn" on the address panel. Near fine.

Kenneth R. "Bud" Pool [1923-2011] was an Ace fighter pilot in World War II. At the age of 19 he graduated from flight training and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He entered combat with the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group at Finschaven, New Guinea in January 1944. After several earlier victories, he became an ace that November when he shot down a Nakajima Ki-61 Hien while flying from an airfield on Morotai. After two years in the Pacific he completed his combat tour in February 1945. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, four Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Medals. 
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25 Shenton, Edward RIDERS OF THE WINDS
Philadelphia, PA: Macrae Smith Company, (1929). (1929). Good 
Philadelphia, PA: Macrae Smith Company, (1929).. (1929).. Good. - Octavo, pictorial blue cloth with an illustration in blue & gilt on the front cover. The binding is rubbed & bumped with a stain to the rear cover. The spine & adjacent edges of the covers are faded & there is fraying to the joints. The spine is spotted with the head & tail chipped. 204 pages. Color pictorial title, color plates and black-and-white vignettes & textual illustrations by the author. There is an owner's ink name & address on the flyleaf & there is occasional light soiling. Good only. Dust jacket present. 
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26 U.S. Air Corps PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF FLYING AND MAINTENANCE OF PHYSICAL FITNESS. July 25, 1941. Technical Manual No. 1-705
Washington, DC: War Department, 1941. 1941. Very good 
Washington, DC: War Department, 1941.. 1941.. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed tan wraps. The extremities are darkened & the wraps are lightly bumped. 125 pages. Illustrated in black & white with photographic illustrations, drawings & diagrams. Very good. 
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, GENERAL HORACE M. WADE., Wade, Horace M. (1916-2001). General in the U.S. Air Force (1937-1973) who was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the the U.S. Air Force in May 1972.
27 Wade, Horace M. (1916-2001). General in the U.S. Air Force (1937-1973) who was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the the U.S. Air Force in May 1972. TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, GENERAL HORACE M. WADE.
Washington, DC: January 12th, 1973. 1973. Fine Signed
Washington, DC: January 12th, 1973.. 1973.. Fine. - 100 words typed on a cream-colored, 10-1/2 inch high by 9 inch wide sheet of "Department of the Air Force, Office of the Chief of Staff" letterhead with the address and the Department of Defense seal printed in blue at the top. Signed "H. M. Wade". The bottom right corner is lightly bumped. Folded twice for mailing. Near fine.

Wade replies to a letter from Congressman Seymour Halpern soliciting his personal thoughts on achieving a lasting world peace. Wade assures Halpern of his desire for a just and lasting world peace, "however, although your request was for my personal 'views or formulas,' any comments by me on this critically important subject through other than official channels would be highly inappropriate...."

Horace Milton Wade [1916-2001] saw active service in World War II and the Vietnam War. In 1968 he was designated commander in chief, United States Air Forces in Europe and was promoted to general. The following year he was appointed chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and in 1972 he became Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force--the post he held when this letter was written.

The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co- sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation. 
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28 Williams, Archibald CONQUERING THE AIR: The Romance of the Development and Use of Aircraft. Revised and Enlarged
NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1928. 1928. Very good 
NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1928.. 1928.. Very good. - Octavo, pictorial blue cloth titled in black with illustration stamped in black on front cover. The covers are bumped & lightly soiled with 3 tiny white marks to the front cover; the spine is slightly faded. xiv, 343 & [3] pages illustrated with a frontispiece, 10 black & white plates and several textual illustrations. 1 bottom page corner is creased & there are small light stains to the margins of 1 plate, else the contents are very good.

A publisher's printed slip is tipped in on the half-title presenting the book to members and guests of the American Booksellers Association. 
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