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Aviation's Great Recruiter: Cleveland's Ed Packard Paperback – August, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; First Edition edition (August 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873388214
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

H. L. Schreiner served three years in naval aviation in World War II, holds a commercial pilot's license, and has authored many articles for the American Aviation Historical Society Journal. He has been a director of the American Aviation Historical Society for more than twenty-five years.

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Herman Louis Schreiner (1923-2011) was nicknamed "Duke" while serving in the Naval Air Forces during WWII. He was called "Herm" otherwise. He grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, with a passion for drafting, model air planes, and pulp magazines (especially aviation-related such as "G-8 and His Battle Aces").
After graduating from high school, Herm worked for Douglas Aircraft as a tracer before enlisting in the Navy V-12 program and then into V-5 Naval Aviation. When he became a pilot he hoped to be assigned to carrier duty, but by then the War was almost over and this did not occur. Thereafter he continued in his love for flying via a commercial pilot's license.
Herm's love of aviation history eventually led him to the American Aviation Historical Society(AAHS) where he served as a director for many years. He authored several stories for the AAHS Journal including, "Bill Barnes--Alive and Well at Eighty" and "From Pulp to Slick". His decades of devotion to collecting anything related to aviation history resulted in the creation of an aeronautica business called "Wings, LTD" which specialized in back issue magazines, books, plans, model kits, and relics. His collections are now being cared for by his son, Carlton Schreiner, who has created a website about this at
Herm had a long friendship with Ed Packard. He greatly admired him and he was determined to write a book about Mr. Packard and Cleveland Model Supply while Mr Packard was still in this world and could enjoy the well-deserved tribute.

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I have wanted this book for a long time and finally decided to go ahead and get my extreme pleasure I now own it! Read many of my reviews and you can learn I am an aircraft( mostly, but not exclusively) modeler. And I reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Cleveland, historically, has been a leading city in Aviation development and historical events. The home of the National Air Races hosting aviation notables such as Doolittle, Turner, Earhart, Udet, Clelland, and Cochran alone would be enough to justify this fact. The first so-named "airport" in the world was established here(Cleveland Hopkins 1929), industrial facilities of Curtiss-Wright, and so on just begin the listing supporting the fact.
That Edward Packard developed his successful business and career here is a no brainer!
Who's Ed Packard? The book title tells you. He is responsible for thousands of young Americans developing he interest in aviation in the 1920s through 1940s who went into successful aviation careers just as the USA was in need of designers, mechanics, theorists, and pilots required for World War II through the American space race and beyond!
Neil Armstrong once in an interview spoke of how building balsa wood and tissue "Cleveland Model Supply". Kits sparked the desire to become an aviator! Ed Packard was the developer, inventor, and chief designer of the business he named the Cleveland Model Supply company! This book is the story of Mr. Packard and his company over the years and all the accomplishments and contributions they made together, right up into the 1980s.
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I used to build a "stick model" every week to 10 days and over the years I bought three Cleveland models. They were without a doubt the best models available during the 1950's and early 1960's when I was a modeler. Now here is a chance to read about the genius behind the Cleveland Model And Air Supply company. Ed Packard literally began his business as a teenager in his parent's home and went on to completely dominate the model airplane business. This book is a thorough biography of a self-made man that I can highly recommend to anyone who is interested in model airplanes or even just aviation. Well done!
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