Chicago. Heath Airplane Company. 1920.
First Edition. A 28 pp (including covers) illustrated catalog from "America's Oldest Aeronautical Supply House Established 1909"; size 10 1/2 x 8 inches. The catalog opens with a listing of "assembled machines, equipped with weather proofed fabric and ready for the installation of the motor. Any standard power plant will be installed at market price without extra charge." Following this are listings for "Flying Boats," followed by "Blue Prints," and "Books." Next is an illustrated listing for aircraft termed "Knockdown Machines," so made "that anyone with ordinary ability can readily put them together." There follows an illustrated listing of Motors with Propellers, Cloth and Supplies (with two tipped in samples of "Heath Aero Fabric--one uncoated and the other coated with "Aero Proof), Rubber Goods, Wheels and Carriages, Turnbuckles, Rigging, Hardware, Instruments, and more. An index is included at the back of the catalog. An uncommon publication showing the state of aircraft design and the components integral to flight some 17 years after the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. A short essay introduces the catalog, as follows: "Just eleven years ago (1909) we opened up the first shop in America whose sole object was to manufacture and supply 'Everything for Aircraft' to everybody. At that time there were only a very few who were building or experimenting with aircraft and they usually keep their endeavors a deep secret for fear they might be laughed into discouragement by the man in the street." The catalog is in very good clean condition with original mailing envelope. An unusual and scarce booklet; no listing found for this item on WorldCat. Item #51950
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