Mostly Florida And Texas: 1950-1954. Item #1040
Mostly Florida and Texas: 1950-1954 (but narrative appears to be printed in last 20 years). 11½” x 11”. Modern three ring binder. 100 three-hole punched mylar sleeves. Each sleeve with two leaves of 8½” x 11” printer paper, creating 200 pages of text and artifacts. 33 pages of narrative (approximately 10,000 words) accompany 62 black and white photographs and around 120 original documents and correspondence. Photos generally measure 3” x 4” to 4½” x 6½” with several 8” x 10”. Photographs and ephemera discreetly taped to pages. Binder very good plus with light wear and soiling; contents generally very good plus or better, some photos with small surface losses. This is the unpublished memoir of a Navy aviator, Sterling Littlepage, with a bounty of original documentation, photographs, news clippings and other items augmenting the text. The story begins inauspiciously in 1950 with his induction. A Navy pilot flew Littlepage and his friend, Charlie Wetzel, to Scott Airfield for their induction and Wetzel vomited during the flight. Things got better, and in great detail Littlepage describes every aspect of his training, from his pre-flight course in Pensacola, to various forms of flight training at Whiting Field in Milton, Florida as well as airbases throughout Texas. In addition to his regular narrative, he provides a few lines of reminiscence atop the 70 different flight reports completed by his instructors as he takes us through instrument flying, formation and gunnery, learning to land on aircraft carriers, dealing with bad weather and more. After jet school, Littlepage was assigned to the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. On July 25, 1952, before being sent to Korea, Littlepage ran out of fuel on a flight and crashed. He described his crash and recovery which included a visit by Jane Russell and (a drunk) Robert Mitchum who were shooting a film, Macao, nearby. He was then assigned as a Navy recruiter and finished his active service on the U. S. S. Randolph, an aircraft carrier in Virginia, finishing up with a 6 month cruise of the Mediterranean. In addition to the flight instructor reports, other documents include telegrams, orders, certificates, letters from his Congressman and correspondence from base commanders to his parents updating them on his training. Photos include images around the base in Pensacola, pool training, group shots, several on an aircraft carrier, and more. His leather name tag and his cut “solo tie” are included as well. A highly readable and explicitly documented account of a Navy pilot's stateside life during the Korean war. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.