Just published by Bryn Athyn College Press is “Harold F. Pitcairn: Aviator, Inventor, and Developer of the Autogiro.”
The book chronicles the life of aviation pioneer Pitcairn, 1897-1960, who developed the Pitcairn Mailwing plane and one of the first commercial airlines, which later became Eastern Airlines. He is best known for his role in developing the autogiro, precursor of the helicopter. For this achievement, he received the Collier Award in 1931 from President Herbert Hoover.
Pitcairn’s story is told through the detailed letters that Pitcairn wrote to his colleagues, partners, and business acquaintances, including Contained within are letters from Orville Wright, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, Tony Fokker, Amelia Earhart and many others.
The author, Carl Gunther, knew Pitcairn and was requested by the family to compile the letters. Gunther received an MA in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked as educator, archivist, and aviation researcher for more than 50 years.
Price: $39.95, paperback, $29.95
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