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    A Unique, Extensive Collection of "Insider", First Person, Behind the Scenes Detail of the Development of Aviation and the Aviation Industry in Its Very Early Days! Originally all owned, written and assembled by Charles Froesch (see previous item), the man whose entire lifetime career paralleled the growth and development of aviation and the aviation industry. From his earliest employment in 1912 with the Farman Aeroplane Co. to WW I service with the newly formed U.S. Air Service....which led him to post-war employment by Anthony Fokker (whose famous German aircraft was then partially manufactured in New Jersey) and where he was soon to meet the legendary Captain Eddie Rickenbacker (who was also employed by Fokker at the time)...and with whom Froesch formed a lifetime close business and personal association. By 1929 the Fokker Co. was taken over by General Motors. While both men maintained high positions in the company in the aircraft division, Captain Eddie eventually went on to form his own company, into which he soon brought his friend Charles Froesch as chief engineer.

    There is much, much more to this story and all of it is told in superb detail in the accompanying original and unpublished 244 page, 8" x 11" typewritten manuscript by Charles Froesch, entitled "BEFORE AND AFTER THE JETS CAME". Written in the 1960's, it contains many penned notations, corrections and updates by Froesch himself and includes in the "Foreword" his original autograph signature of June 1968. The two page "Preface" was authored by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. Froesch knew everyone who was anyone in the aircraft industry as is obvious, not only from reading the manuscript, but from the accompanying personal folder assembled by Froesch, containing copies of his letters to many of these personalities, when assembling the information for this manuscript, as well as approximately fifty original replies from all of those individuals, many of them famous, and most on letterheads of the best known aviation firms of the era; the majority from men who had also spent their lives in the industry. Among the famous names with autographs are Grover Loening; Gen'l Manager of The Wright Company Dayton, Oh.; Chief Aero Engineer U. S. Army Air Service WW I; Donald Douglas; Chief Engineer of Glenn Martin Co.; eventually president of the famed Douglas Aircraft Co. As Charles Froesch wrote in his original note for his "typical letter sent" to each of those individuals, seeking their cooperation for his book: "I am planning on writing a book on the early days of commercial air transportation 1926 to the end of World War II from the data I have collected...it will be interspersed with funny stories and anecdotes from my personal experience. I thoroughly feel that much can be recorded from those early [experiences] which would be lost unless put down on paper. I think the jet age generation would be interested in reading about these. Now I need some specific information..." As it turned out the story in this fascinating manuscript starts biographically with his very earliest experiences in pre-WW I years with great emphasis on the years following. It is truly an inside, first hand look at aviation development and the great names and personalities that influenced it; one rarely seen in such intimate detail.

    AND THAT'S NOT ALL! Accompanying this collection are three 10" x 12" folders all with embossed "Fokker Aircraft" covers. Two of them with fancy gold embossed panels and relief lettering on covers "Fokker/ USA Service Letters/ Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America" (another embossed "Charles Froesch" on cover). One folder particularly fascinating: a thick collection of original 1930 dated carbon copies of reports, many of which made by both Froesch and Eddie Rickenbacker (when both were employed by Fokker and worked together) of their surveys of other airlines, aircraft facilities, test flights, inspections of airport facilities. The other two folders loaded with Fokker aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and mechanical information. All circa 1929-1931 with copies of blueprints of aircraft parts, maintenance procedures; some foldouts; many with drawing illustrations plus numerous service letters with large letterheads "Charles Froesch" imprinted on them as both "General Service Manager" and/or "Sales Engineer". Plus a fourth hard cover loose leaf binder with title page "Data Book/Charles Froesch, Aeronautical Engineer," a personal compilation of original materials about engines, written and drawn by Froesch plus articles circa 1917-1919 from an automotive newspaper plus blueprints of automobile and aviation engines; a broad spectrum of material and information. Total of six folders/compilations weighing a whopping fifteen pounds.

    For a firsthand look at the then blossoming aircraft industry, and the very development of the aircraft, this unique collection is a veritable "mother lode" and offers great potential for further development by an aerobuff!


    Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.

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