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  • Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Published as a series … Volume I – The Early Years; Volume II – The Rise of Talair and Volume III Wings of a Nation.

    Published by Robert Brown, Bathurst, New South Wales progressively Vol I 1986; Vol Ii 1988 and Vol II 1990 all first printings.

    Incredible work by the devoted author James Sinclair. We doubt if there has been a better job done on any aviation market in the world.

    Sinclair was for many years a field officer in Papua New Guinea, starting as a cadet and retiring as District Commissioner in 1975, the year of Independence. Author of many books about the region.

    Large quarto, 296, 296 and 352 pages, heavily illustrated with some magnificent historic images, a great number in colour. Very heavy, near 5 kg, so may need a postage supplement depending on your location. Fine condition.

    If you would like individual volumes to make up a set … get in touch. Enquiries regarding the detailed content welcomed.

    Balus – All of It … in Fine Condition

    $340.00

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  • Sepik Pilot –  Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes, DSO, DFC. – James Sinclair – First edition 1971

    Sepik Pilot – Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes, DSO, DFC. – James Sinclair – First edition 1971

    First edition published by Lansdowne, Melbourne in 1971. Octavo, 189 pages with many illustrations from period photographs.

    James Sinclair’s book on the extraordinary life of Bobby Gibbes who flew Tomahawks and Kittyhawks against German and Italian forces in the Western Desert in WWII. Back in Darwin he was Court Martialled for what we would regard as a minor matter.

    A new life opened up for Bobby who went to New Guinea and among other things started an airline “Gibbes Sepik Airways” … at the time quite a challenge … and with all challenges it leads to some remarkable and sometimes amusing stories.

    The Sepik Pilot – New Guinea Legend – Bobby Gibbes

    $90.00

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  • Wings of Gold – How the Aeroplane Developed New Guinea – James Sinclair

    Wings of Gold – How the Aeroplane Developed New Guinea – James Sinclair

    No greater expert in his subject, James Sinclair’s formidable book about the exploration driven development of aviation in New Guinea. Covering the period from 1922 to 1942 during which New Guinea was the busiest place for aircraft movements anywhere in the world.

    Published by Robert Brown in 1983 in fine condition. Quarto, 326 pages a substantial book. Images to end papers and illustrated throughout with numerous period photographs, maps, facsimile documents etc. The aviation images are to die for.

    Expatriates will know the Leahy family and Jack Hides and pleased to see Frank Hurley standing on the Curtiss Seagull flying boat and a special image of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan just before they left Lae on their fateful attempt to cross the Pacific.

    Wings of Gold – Best book on the period vies with Sinclair’s Three Volume “Balus” as the best aviation book ever.

    $140.00

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  • Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Paraguay 1935

    Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Paraguay 1935

    A three stamp set 4.50, 9.00 and 13.50 Pesos over-stamped 1935. Originally issued on 6th May 1933 and designed by Rodolfo.

    Unused with slight evidence of light hinging on gum side (LH).

    Zeppelin stamp collecting is popular worldwide. Specialised catalogues exits on the subject.

    Price $60.00 the set … postage will be reduced to cost based on your location. Securely packed.

    We have a number of scarce Zeppelin stamps … we are happy to do a deal on multiple purchases.

    Graf Zeppelin celebrated in Paraguay.

    $60.00

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  • Special Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Greece 1933

    Special Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Greece 1933

    In 1933 Greece issued a set of stamps 30, 100 and 120 Drachma to commemorate the first flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Germany to Italy. The image is of the airship over the Acropolis. Here we have an example of each in unused condition with very light evidence of the use of hinges (LH) see scans.

    25,000 sets were issued on 2nd May 1933.

    Zeppelin stamp collecting is popular worldwide. Specialised catalogues exits on the subject.

    Price $120.00 the set … postage cost likely reduced dependent on your location. Safely packed.

    We have a collection of Zeppelin stamps and would be happy to do a deal on multiple items.

    Special Zeppelin flight commemorated and collectable.

    $70.00

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  • Special Aviation Item – Amy Johnson Commemorative – Queenslander Pictorial – June 1930

    Special Aviation Item – Amy Johnson Commemorative – Queenslander Pictorial – June 1930

    A special Queensland Pictorial published 5th June 1930 a photographic commemorative of the great Amy Johnson solo flight from England to Brisbane arriving Brisbane six days earlier. Large format, 16 pages of which 7 pages are devoted to Amy Johnson and a further 2 to contemporary aviators. Foxed and a one inch tear at the inner fold … excuse it for its rarity and special content.

    In 1928 Burt Hinkler from Bundaberg was the first man to fly solo from England to Australia. Charles Kingsford Smith later that year completed the first trans-Pacific flight.

    Amy Johnson had only one year’s flying experience when she set off in her green Gypsy Moth. She hoped to beat Hinkler’s 15 day record but was thwarted by trouble in Burma and Thailand where she had dodgy landings. She arrived in Australia first at Darwin on 24th May 1930 nineteen days after leaving London. To reach Brisbane she stoped at Cloncurry, Longreach, Quilpie, Charleville and Toowoomba. On the 29th May tens of thousands waited at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm for her arrival. Unfortunately she overshot hit a fence and crash landed.

    Despite the ungraceful ending she was feted as a heroine in Brisbane with civic receptions and massive crowds everywhere she went.

    Amy Johnson went on to do other aviation firsts but was sadly killed ferrying an RAF training plane in 1941.

    A special item of aviation and Queensland ephemera

    $90.00

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