The Beauty of Decay
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My new book “The Beauty of Decay” is about ‘Archaic Aircraft,’ with odd stories in 25 chapters and over 300 photos. in b/w and full-color.
All about Aviation Legends built between 1940-1960.
I found many of those vintage planes, crashed, or as derelicts abandoned in the boneyards, and a small number still operational, flying out to the last remote and primitive airstrips.
In this book, I have selected a number of the very best of my earlier blog posts. On top, I have also added some new Dakota Hunter adventures not covered in my earlier two books.
Also, I have invited some friends to add their photos and stories.
Dirk Septer writes chapters about the B-36, the Bristol Freighter, and the Martin Mars. Plus chapters about the PBY Catalina. A fascinating Canadian Canso salvaging operation is written with Dougall Meloney, and the final chapter is written in cooperation with Hjörleifur Jóhannesson about Iceland’s Catalina Expeditions.
Michael Prophet, Mikey McBryan, and Geoff Goodall have also contributed photos and advice.
I have compiled a total of twenty-five vintage aviation-related chapters, covering a wide variety of subjects.
- Airborne Aircraft carriers
- Last flight out of Hell with a C-47 from Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam
- CIA’s Rent-a-Rebel flying circus
- The awesome B-54 UltraFortress, Boeing’s best Piston Prop Bomber, failed to fly
- Will the DC-3 forever fly or soon die?
- Albania’s Treasure Trove Found (and used by CIA during the Yugo-wars)
- Helicopters: from Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing board to the Koren War rescue Helicopters
- Swiss Glacier releases debris of 1946 USAAF Crashed C-53 Skytrooper
- Bolivia El Alto Boneyard revisited in 2017
- JF Kennedy’s DC-3 gift to Mobutu found back in Congo
- Greece Museum/Boneyard with F-104, Ju-52, and C-47s
- Last Aerial Prop fighter air battle in 1969: Honduras vs. Salvador
- Five aircraft types that flew for 50+ years in USAF service
- The San Juan, PR. DC-3 Boneyard Clean-up
- B-36, Peacemaker down, first US nuke lost, by Dirk Septer
- Bristol Freighter in Canadian Mining ops, by Dirk Septer
- Giant Seaplanes of the 1940s, Howard Hughes’, the Spruce Goose
- Weird 1940s Pusher-Prop planes: Allied, Germans, Japanese designs
- Martin Mars, by Dirk Septer
- Guatemala Boneyard and history
- Florida DC -3 Mosquito sprayer saved from the scrapper
- Catalina/Canso salvaging ops in Canada, by Dougall Meloney
- Lockheed (Super) Constellation
- Buying Dakota parts in the Arctic and meet Buffalo Airways
- Iceland/Greenland PBY Catalina expeditions
My First book The Dakota Hunter
My Lifetime passion for the DC-3 took a new dimension as I went in search for this legendary aircraft on the last frontiers of this World.
Read about my harrowing adventures in this 320-pages non-fiction book, illustrated with unique 250 photos from locations visited.
For sale at Amazon, where you can read on their order page the most amazing 5-Star reviews, like “Best Book I ever read”
80 Years, a tribute to the PBY Catalina
The full career of the PBY Catalina / Canso in a magnificent XL Photo Album with 400 photos, many never published before. From 1937 to 2007, the Cat’s seven lives are described, from the Wartime on to its Post-War period as a cargo/ fire flghter/ Coast Guard plane. Ending with the survivors of the New Age, they are all there in this fully illustrated Lounge Table book with Pilot’s reports and visits to Faraway islands.
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About the DC-3
As Douglas introduced in 1933 its novel concept of the DC series, the company had a ground breaking design in hands that would soon conquer the world.
The DC-2 was the twin engine all metal aircraft with state of the art features as retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers in a streamlined and smooth design, as the world had not seen before.
“When it comes to fulfilling your own dreams, you simply have to do the job yourself because no one else can ever feel as intensely as you do about those dreams.”
− Eileen. M. Owsiany, owner- editor of the Facebook Group Fans of the C-47 Skytrain
"The Dakota Hunter selected by Air Classics as `Book of the Month, August 2015"
The Dakota Hunter by Hans Wiesman ($38 and available through the Aviation Book Club ad in this issue) is the saga of one man's quest for the Gooney Bird. The author is of Dutch heritage and grew up in Borneo during the 1950s where, of course, DC-3s were operating on a daily basis - connecting remote outposts in a reliable manner. During this time, the wreckage of WWII still littered the area and the author played in war's residue as he watched the Gooney's distinctive shape wing its way overhead.
The authro's family moved back to The Netherlands where he attended college and went on to establish a corporate career. However, the grip of the DC-3 never left his imagination and, combined with an interest in WWII history, he decided to begin a world-wide quest to track down wrecked, derelict, and flyable DC-3s/C-47s in some of the world's most remote -and hostile- locations. What follows is a daring adventure story as he explores for these survivors and tells of their histories. It is almost like an adventure novel, except it is true and makes for a very exciting story as the author goes "in search of the legendary DC-3 on the last frontiers"
. − DH Air Classics, George Hulett
"Will interest both aviation buffs and travel readers"
- C. Nelson, Goodreads
"His passion is beyond doubt"
− Mark Barnes, War History Online
Born in Holland in 1946, he was from start destined to travel the globe: his parents took him at the age of only three months overseas to Curacao and Trinidad. In 1950, the family sailed out again, this time to the East Indies, to the Borneo jungle, where he grew up as a “free Willy” for 7 years in most adventurous circumstances of a post warMore about Hans Wiesman