Circa 1937 “Lost Flight of Gustave Whitehead” by Stella Randolph, published by Places, Inc., Barr Bldg., Washington, D. C., printed by Cornelius Printing Company, Silver Spring, Md., Indianapolis, In. This First 1937 Edition has decorative black cloth boards with gold lettering on the front cover and spine of the book. There is a dust jacket with a protective Mylar cover. The text contains 5 Chapters with 95 pages, 13 photographic plates, 14 reproduced witness affidavits of Whitehead’s work and flights, and an appendix of early articles about Whitehead. This is a rare book.
”Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead” measures 9.25in height, 6.25in width, and .75in depth.
The contents of the book are as follows:
Chapter I.- Whitehead’s Most Outstanding Flights
“Whitehead flights of August 14, 1901 and January 17, 1902. Failure to record flights. Description of airplanes.
Search for the perfect flying machine. Difficulties with financial backers.”
Chapter II.- Whitehead’s Earliest Interest in Flying
“Boyhood efforts in Bavaria. Emigration to Brazil. Life as a sailor. Commission to construct glider for Boston Aeronautical Society. Employment by Horsman Company of New York City. Marriage in Buffalo, New York. Reported flight in steam-powered plane in Pittsburgh. Removal to Bridgeport, Connecticut.”
Chapter III.- Preliminary Work in Bridgeport, Connecticut
“Junius Harworth and other volunteer assistants of Whitehead. Backing by Miller. Linde undertook to finance Whitehead. First concrete runway for airplanes. Difficulties under which Whitehead labored. Whitehead’s gliders. Bertie Papp’s withdrawal from Whitehead’s service. New York Herald report of interview with Whitehead, June 16, 1901. Brief flights in West End Bridgeport attested by witnesses.”
Chapter IV.- Peak and Decline of Whitehead’s Career
“Newspaper accounts of successful flights of August 14, 1901. January 17, 1902 flights described in American Inventor. John Whitehead joined his brother. Whitehead constructed motors for others. Stanley Beach backed Whitehead for a period. Aeronautical World reported Whitehead’s work. Whitehead constructed glider for Louis R. Adams. Buffalo Jones sought Whitehead’s help. Lee S. Burridge financed Whitehead’s helicopter construction. Last years of Whitehead’s life.”
Chapter V.- Gustave Whitehead’s Place in Aviation History
“Those who preceded Whitehead. Whitehead lagged behind his contemporaries at first. The Wright Brothers appeared upon the aviation scene. Whitehead forged ahead in 1900-03. Summary of Whitehead’s accomplishments.”
Appendix of Affidavits and Articles
Good Vintage Condition.
This book is in fine condition for being 83 years old. The overall decorative book boards are in good shape, but there is a small chipped area on the left front corner of the book, a small scratch on the spine, and small rubbed areas of the board cloth. The binding tight, and the pages crisp and clean. The Mylar covered dust jacket is in good minus condition. There is some rubbing to the jackets corners and edges, there are two tears in the upper right front corner and a small missing chip out of the top left front corner of the paper jacket.
Please review all photos for they are part of this book’s description and condition evaluation.
This rare find would be a nice addition to any aeronautical/early aviation library.