Aviation Books

an offering of out-of-print books on aircraft, engines and airframes, personalities, and the business of aviation; mainly of historical interest

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Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker - Fighting the Flying Circus  (1919; 1967 reprinting) 336 pp., paperback, fair condition. $4.75 postpaid in U.S.



Aircraft Power Plants by Edward T. Jones, Robert Insley, Frank W. Caldwell, & Robert F. Kohr ((1926), 208 pp., cloth hardcover, fair condition, ex-lib. $20 + S&H  or $23.20 postpaid



Through the Overcast  - The Art of Instrument Flying by Assen Jordanoff (1938), 356 pp., large format (10" x 8") cloth hardcover, good - fair condition.  $12 + S&H  or  $15.50 postpaid in U.S.



Aircraft Maintenance for the Mechanic by Daniel J. Brimm, Jr. and H. Edward Boggess (1940), 492 pp., cloth hardcover, fair condition. $9 + S&H  or $12.16 postpaid in U.S.

Aircraft Powerplant Manual by G. Burnell Manly (1943), 757 pp., cloth hardcover, fair condition.  $9 + S&H  or $13.77 postpaid in U.S. 

Wing Leader  by Group Captain J. (Johnnie) E. Johnson (1956; 2nd printing 1957), 292 pp., paperback, fair condition.   "The story of the top-scoring Allied fighter pilot (38 confirmed kills) who started the war as an R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve in 1939 and flew Spitfires until V.E. Day."  -  hcl  $1 + S&H  or $3.50 postpaid



Basic Aeronautics by Merrill E. Tower (1952; 1957 reprint) 252 pp., cloth hardcover (10" x 7"), fair condition. $4 + S&H  or $6.77 postpaid in U.S.



Anyone Can Fly by Jules Bergman (1976), 264pp., hardcover, ex-lib, fair condition.  $5 + S&H  or  $7.77 postpaid in U.S.

Fundamentals of Aircraft Design by Leland M. Nicolai (1975), various pagination broken into sections ... at least 400 pages, cloth hardcover, good-fair condition. $14 + S&H  or $17.55 postpaid


Some definitions:

    cloth hardcover: covering is actually cloth, a more durable and costly material than paper.

    hardcover: a durable-bound book with cardboard covers encased in paper, cloth, leatherette, leather, or composition material simulating leather or cloth; binding is usually sewn, but not always. Typical textbooks and some trade books may look like sewn bindings but are glued, which is a much cheaper alternative, in manufacture.

    large format: larger than average page size. Most trade and text books have been, traditionally, about 8" high x 5" wide; a trimmed down dimension from raw stock printing papers which used to start at 36" x 24". Large format books tend toward 11" high x 8.5" wide or the page size approximately equal to a standard sheet of typing or copy paper.

    library binding: the best cover and binding of all; usually buckram cloth covers with a sewn binding and intended for the most rugged service and long life. This binding lends itself to repair and re-binding. Occasionally, listed and offered along with soft cover and trade binding at an extra premium price. Books intended for archival used ought to be library bound.

    paperback: a softbound (soft cover) book of a small size, usually 7 (+/-) inches high by 4.25 inches wide with (almost always) a glued binding. The famous "PocketŪ" and "BantamŪ" books are examples of the small paperback.

    soft cover: a book with a heavy paper or light card stock cover. Binding may be sewn (rare), but is usually glued or may be stapled. Size varies widely from the "paperback" size up to (usually) 8.5 x 11 inches. This type of binding (usually glued) is becoming more common for short-lived books, e.g., textbooks.

  ex-lib; a.k.a. library discard : a book drawn from circulation and sold, given away, or thrown out ... discarded. Since libraries are short of two things, money and shelf space, their collections are rolled over; out with the old, in with the new, regardless of merit. Some librarians are as insensitive and coarse as the stereotypical junk / salvage yard operator. Many of the books are classic works or of extraordinary value as references, but that have exhibited limited circulation. Often, the dust jackets are still intact, but covered with a slippery plastic cover. Inside, between the #2 cover and the first blank leaf, is the telltale remains of the date sheet and other library imprints. Some libraries go to the trouble of stamping "DISCARDED" all over the book. However, the value as literature can't be diminished although the value, to book collecting purists is virtually nil.

Taking care of books (a few tips): Don't leave books laying around haphazardly; put them on shelves. Try to keep books out of the sunlight; it fades the covers. Many printing inks contain dyes and will fade under sunlight. Cover the books if you can; it keeps dust and dirt off and keeps them in "mint" condition longer. When putting down a book (during reading), don't lay it face down with the covers upward; that's hard on the binding - use a bookmark to keep your place.


[Titles in green are recent additions with incomplete descriptions.]

Is a book new or used? We offer a mixed assortment of both new and used books; mostly used. We assume that this fact should not be of a concern of yours ... that is, we assume that you, the client and book buyer, are interested in content and are not a collector. 

 All of our books are complete and if any are not, that fact will be specified. All books are inspected for condition and the price is set on that basis. FICOA is not a rare book dealer although we may occasionally offer a rare and/or first edition. If you are interested in book collecting, hit the  First Editions and Rare Books  section.


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Contact Us at:  FICOA, 5928 W. Michigan St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213-4248


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                                 phone:   (414) 258 - 6492   ... ask for Hank

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