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Western College of Aeronautics.

AVIATION AND ITS FUTURE. [William "Curley" Waterhouse].

Western College of Aeronautics: Los Angeles nd (1928/1929) Printed by the Arts and Crafts Studio, Los Angeles. Illustr, 10.75 x 7.75, blue and white stapled wraps, orange and white lettering, color photo on the front cover of men and women outside a plane "Party including officials of the Western College of Aeronautics, leaving Los Angeles for San Diego in Bach Air yacht" (from inside the front cover), 19 pp + foldout of the college's curriculum. Light wear and soiling to cover, light staining to lower corners, contents have occasional light soiling, small vertical in lower margin p. 15/16, lacks lower tip of corner of p 17/18, light chipping to curriculum page else very good. "The Western College of Aeronautics offers the student a theoretical as well as practical knowledge of aviation in all branches of this fast growing industry." The dean of the college was William J. "Curley" Waterhouse. Waterhouse owned a company called Waterhouse Aircraft, Inc./ Waterhouse & Royer Airplane Company that produced a commercial plane called the "Roamair." He also designed the type of monoplane that Charles Lindbergh flew on his trans-Atlantic flight; Lindbergh wanted Waterhouse to build the plane for him but Waterhouse was unable since he was planning to move his factory, so he sold his pattern to Ryan Airlines who made the plane. Among the faculty was Lt. Col. R.S. Hartz who was part of the crew that flew a Glenn Martin bomber for the Round-the-Rim trip. The Air Service wanted to test an airplane's capabilities by having it fly totally around the periphery of the United States; the trip lasted from July 24, 1919, to November 9, 1919, racked up 10,000 miles in 114 hours and 45 minutes. The brochure shows students working on various projects, gives information about engineering, safety, tests, etc. Classes offered are -- in part -- Flying Course, Airplane Gasoline Engines, Meteorology, Rigging, Welding. On the back of the curriculum page are "Views of the 1928 National Air Races and Aeronautical Exposition, Mines Field, Los Angeles." Other instructors were Carleton E. Stryker, Lt. Leo R. MeGehee, Lt. A.E. Burrell. A fantastic item. Extremely scarce.

Book Id: 99-0611

Price: $350.00

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