Simons, M. & Schweizer, P. A.


Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1st ed., 1998. 224 pp., numerous photo-ills., + diagrams. D.j., 30 x 22cm. Small pencil trace of owner’s name & date to corner of f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. [See the next two items below] Paul Schweizer and his brothers, Ernie and Bill, started to build and fly gliders in 1930 and formed the Schweizer Aircraft Corp. in 1939 to produce sailplanes. Since then the company has produced over 2170 aeroplanes of 22 different types and has become the main source of gliders and sailplanes in the USA. It is now the oldest family-owned aircraft company to have been in continuous operation in the USA. This book tells the story of Schweizer sailplanes and includes a chapter on each of the 22 types and variations that were built and owned by the company. It describes how each type was developed, its purpose and gives the details of its construction, special features and how it flew. Outstanding flights made by each type are also included. Specification sheets give precise dimensional details and three-view drawings will assist all interested model-builders. Many rare and unique photographs have been borrowed from company archives to illustrate this book. SCARCE.

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