Based on Walter E. Lees' Journals
1911 to 1931
Edited by Jo Cooper
Paper: 162 pages; 8 1/2x11 inches
Publisher: Converse Publishing, 1993
List Price: $20.00
Pioneer Pilot, a personal account of the early years of aviation, is based on the 1911-1931 journals of Walter E. Lees, an "Early Bird". Like many other mechanics, engineers, and flyers of those early days, Lees is an unsung hero. A Wisconsin farm boy, Lees was determined to fly. And fly he did - soloing Bily Mitchell, checking Lindbergh out on a diesel, and in 1931, setting an endurance record which stood until the Voyager's flight in 1986.
Besides Lees' journals, the author has included newspaper reports, letters, and interviews with friends, associates, and Lees' wife, Loa, who regularly packed up their ever-growing family and household to follow him and his dream all over the country. Also included are many never before published photographs.
This book is a must for aviation buffs as well as those who enjoy stories of endurance and courage fulfilled.
I have a few of these books still available. I am still asking $20 per copy, postage included. If you wish to order, you can contact me by email at:
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My wife died almost two years ago, (August 26, 2007), but if you like, I will autograph the book to you in her name.