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Comment: Vintage Flyer Media LLC; 2010; 11 X 8.4 X 0.3 inches; Perfect Paperback; Cilio, John & Herb Hill & Lisa Maxwell; Very Good; 111 Pages; Light wear on cover & edges & corners, spine/binding is sound, smooth spine. Eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping.;
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Portals into the Sky: A Collection of Vintage Cockpit Photographs Perfect Paperback – July 23, 2010

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Vintage Flyer Media LLC, the Connecticut-based small publisher, states its slogan as "telling the stories that slipped through the cracks of time" and John Cilio's two paperback photography collections accomplish exactly that. Over 150 perfect, black and white photographs capture the aircraft that brought eminence and a permanent fascination to the booming industry of flight. Everyone can name a handful of aircraft, such as Cessna, Piper, or Mooney, but rare peeks inside lesser known cockpits will delight and perhaps surprise even the hardcore aviation buff. Completing each snapshot is a basic summary of the control systems and features of each craft, such as the supercharged WACO SRE, a Rearwin Cloudster, Miles Aerovan, Fleet Canuck, or the Funk Model B-85-C Bee. Also featured in the photos are the occasional celebrity or mogul: movie star Joan Leslie sits in the cockpit of the Lockheed Constellation she was filmed in for the film Janie Gets Married; Howard Hughes pensively examines the interior of the Spruce Goose before the famous first and last flight; and Donald W. Douglas of the Douglas Aircraft company poses proudly with a foot on the step of a 1947 Douglas Cloudster II. For the perfectionist in historical accuracy, there is little to worry of in John Cilio's research and presentation. An honorary member of the Danbury, CT WWII Lost Squadron Veterans and recipient of the American Marketing Association Silver Effie, Cilio has authored over 200 articles and appeared as a speaker in more than 60 countries. Far from a dry collection of dusty images, all 111 pages of Portals into the Sky hold at least some small fascination in their own unique way, and will make modern pilots lust after the golden age of flight. --Brigit Hartop at flying-girl@lycos.com

About the Author

John is a skilled aviation historian focused on mid twentieth-century general aviation, military aircraft and the people that made them possible. As a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization, his stories are recognized for their excellence in accuracy and authenticity. He has written over 200 aviation articles covering everything from Autogiros, Blimps, Corsairs, Mustangs and secret B-24 missions to bomb Tokyo, to Red Bull Air Race pilots and the stories behind private aircraft. His stories have been published in more than 20 publications. This is his second book. John spends a lot of time at air shows around the country and especially enjoys the patriotic air show performances of Julie Clark and following the Red Bull Air Races featuring Michael Goulian. John is an American Marketing Association Silver Effie winner and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. This book and other books he publishes are supported by the large collection of early aviation press photographs he has collected through the years.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Flyer Media LLC; First edition (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982772815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982772812
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,661,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Portals into the Sky" was a gift for my father, a very long-time plane advocate and fan! To this day, he still talks about small jets to commercial airlines such as Eastern, Frontier and Pan Am. He was just a boy when the adventure and excitement of flying struck him.

This book was absolutely the perfect gift. He told me upon pouring upon the quality photographs in "Portals into the Sky", that it offered an interesting take on many old planes that he have read about, seen pictures of - - but never from the angle that was presented in this book. "Portals into the Sky" is absolutely is a great book for plane fans of all ages. Mr. Cilio presents a unique perspective of what pilots would see in their cockpit during their flights.
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mr cilio has done it all in a prior life! simply another amazing book...all aviation folks should, no must have this in their library!!..photos you havent seen showing the bravery of the pilots in flying machines we have only read about...amazing that man ( and women to be pc) have been flying for just over 100 yrs!! john captures a very unique segment of this world in his pictures. i got this as a gift and i have picked it up repeatedly!! i still look at all the pictures w/ complete facination. you must, absolutely must have this in your personal collection. what an ideal gift for the coming holidays or any time for that matter. bravo mr cilio, bravo
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I bought this book, Portals In The Sky, as an aviation enthusiast wanting to learn a little more about the airplanes of our time. I got SO much more!

From the front cover to the back the black and white photo's tell the stories along with the technical/history narratives that accompany each photo. Not only are their just pictures of cockpits and planes but the men and women that flew and built them.

Did you ever wonder as I did what it must of been like to fly planes in WW2, the pictures and stories are in this book. It's fascinating to look at the pictures and wonder how we ever got off the ground! As you page through this book you will see just how ingenious our men and women were through trial and error to bring us up to modern day technology.

So, if you are looking for a book that's full of aviation history and that has beautiful detailed black and white photos of days gone by, I encourage you to order Portals In The Sky, you won't be disappointed!!
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Very Nice! With wonderfull detail pictures, many of factory new cockpits. I had never seen an original insturment panel of a 1946 Culver V. Now I will use this picture as the pattern in the restoration of my Culver V N3057K. Thanks John! This is must have manual for aircraft restorers.
Ken
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