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E2M Lem Man
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posted 03-13-2009 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am proud to announce our first Downey book!

"Images of Aviation: Downey's Aerospace History 1947-1999"
By Gerald A. Blackburn and the Aerospace Legacy Foundation

Arcadia Publishing
June, 2009
128 pages

This book will be a gotta-have guide to what was accomplished by the first workers who could be called "Aerospace". As World War II ended and the missile age began at A.F. plant 16, our photo guide will show the reader the transition from Vultee Aviation to North American Aviation and the manufacturing of aircraft trainers to Apollo moon ships and shuttles!

Many never before seen photos by the people who built the products from what was once called "The Spaceship Factory".

Coming next year: "Vol. 2: The Early Years" by James M. Busby and the Aerospace Legacy Foundation

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posted 03-13-2009 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dwmzmm   Click Here to Email dwmzmm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that link; had to bookmark it!

cspg
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posted 03-14-2009 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Description via Amazon.com:
The city of Downey has been host to one of aerospace history's most sacred sites. For more than six decades, men and women have gathered in this Los Angeles County town to make the dreams of tomorrow a reality--inventing the future and starting America's journey to the stars. A wealthy Los Angeles industrialist, E. M. Smith, began this history with the purchase of a portion of the Huynan Ranch in August 1929. His company, EMSCO Aircraft, was the first of what would become a memorable list of pioneers in aviation and space. The story of the site's aerospace history extends from North American Aviation's tenancy in 1947 to the site closure in 1999 when engineers and scientists designed and developed the aerospace technology that took man to the moon and established a permanent presence in space.

About the Author
Author Gerald A. Blackburn was an engineer and project manager with North American Aviation and the Boeing Company, spending 35 years at the Downey site. Here he tells the story of the unique heritage associated with this site and city through photographs and images from private and public archives, including the collection of Downey's Aerospace Legacy Foundation.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 06-10-2009 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Arcadia press stopped by today with lots of our new book. It is now available at your local bookstore, Amazon.com or thru our office at (562) 922 8068.

It will be available later (today?) online at a discount that the proceeds go to support our office activities.

Yeah!

Oh, oh - Amazon is already out and it is on back order.

FFrench
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posted 06-10-2009 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations! Will Gerry Blackburn sign the copies the ALF sells? Always nice to get it author-signed...

E2M Lem Man
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posted 06-12-2009 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely - we are shameless self-promoters! Thanks all!

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