Wright Field, U.S. Army Air Corps, 1928. Tentative Edition. Original wrappers. Intended to be the basis of a new printing of the textbook on aeronautics for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Being a revision of certain chapters of "Simple Aerodynamics and the Airplane" by Charles N. Monteith, a complete rewriting of four other chapters and two entirely new ones. Prepared by Direction of the Chief of Air Corps. 8vo. 383 pp. Photo-reproductions; illustrations; figures. Pen & pencil notations throughout the book checking, modifying and correcting the text & illustrations, presumably by the author. Stiff tan wrappers with black lettering. Near fine (light wear; minor dampstain to lower front cover). A somewhat unique piece of aviation history; only 1 copy located at the US Military Academy at West Point. Item #14171
Aldrin achieved his doctorate from MIT in 1928 and went on to enjoy a stellar career in aviation rising to rank of Colonel in the Air Force and made the first transatlantic dirigible round trip in the Hindenburg. He was the founder of the Aeronautical Engineering School, which became the Air Force Institute of Technology. And was the proud father of E.E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., the second human to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in July, 1969.