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Staten Island Aviation

A brand new book by local author Ed Drury on the local history of aviation on Staten Island, New York. Staten Island was the site of the first aircraft factory in the U.S., as well as being very rich in aviation history from the 1890s up to the mid-1960s, when the last private airport on the island was closed.

The book is 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", soft cover, 143 pages, with over 100 photos. It includes a list of aviation-related locations on the island as well as a time line. Also reproduced in the rear of the book is a rare C. & A. Wittemann aeronautical catalog from circa 1910.

The author, Ed Drury, is a native Staten Islander who has been involved in aviation since he flew with his father at the ripe old age of 8 months. He took his first flying lesson on his 14th birthday at Staten Island Airport. After a stint in the United States Air Force in Germany, he has acquired over 5000 hours of civilian flight time and holds a multi-engine instrument license. This interest in aviation along with a love of history led to the research that culminated in "Staten Island - The Other Cradle of Aviation". He owns and flies a twin Cessna today.

"Staten Island - The Other Cradle of Aviation" is priced at $15.95 per copy, plus shipping.

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