Aviators in Early Hollywood  book AUTOGRAPHED by the author!


AVIATORS IN EARLY HOLLYWOOD is a thrilling, image rich book with nearly 200 photos. The daring spirit of the aviator is inspiring to apply to any aspect of living.


  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738559024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738559025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches


  •  Celebrities in this tribute book:

     *Legendary Comedian ~ Charlie Chaplin

    *"King of the Wingwalkers"  ~ Ormer Locklear

    *Legendary Magician ~ Harry Houdini

    *Classic Comedian ~ Oliver Hardy

    *"Father of the Pro Motion Picture Aviator" ~ Daredevil DeLay

    *"Thriller Queen" ~ Ruth Roland

    *Legendary Actor and Lover ~ Rudolph Valentino

    *"Crash King" ~ Dick Grace

    *Legendary Actress ~ Mary Pickford

    *Record Breaking Aviator Producer ~ Howard Hughes

    *"King of the Air"  ~ Frank Clarke

    *Director of 1st Academy Award Best Picture  ~ William Wellman Sr.

    *Legendary Director ~ Cecil B. DeMille

    *Legendary Aviatrix ~ Pancho Barnes

    *Legendary Aviatrix ~ Amelia Earhart

    *Legendary Actor ~ Harold Lloyd

    *and many other notables... book index & bibilography

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                     Author Shawna Kelly


    Book Cover Description

    Hollywood's leading aviators were heroic knights of the sky on the screen as well as in real life. These leading aviators performed aerial stunt sequences and acted, plus some wrote and directed motion pictures. Directing giant Cecil B. DeMille was so enthralled with aviation that he owned three airfields. Charlie Chaplin's family airfield also doubled as a motion-picture set. Thomas H. Ince, the famous producer who invented the studio system, owned Ince Airfield, which became the hub of Hollywood aviation. Eternal legends Rudolph Valentino, Oliver Hardy, Harry Houdini, and Mary Pickford performed in aerials. Many aviators gave their lives making motion pictures; three fatalities were incurred for Howard Hughes' great air epic, Hell's Angels. Hughes himself broke records within aircraft and film production. Aviators brought their screen work to life between films through barnstorming. The roaring in 1920s Hollywood was often aviators soaring beyond limits.

    About the Author

    Shawna Kelly, whose aerial courage includes skydiving at 10,000 feet, was inspired to write by her medal award-winning writer relative, Bliss Carman. She is also the great granddaughter of Daredevil DeLay, innovator of several aerial firsts for motion pictures and one of the aviators who gave his life for the entertainment world.  


    Book is in these Fine Collections

    Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, (Oscar) Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Mary Pickford Institute, Hollywood Heritage, Charlie Chaplin famed Niles Essanay Museum, Autry Western Museum, International Women's Air & Space Museum, UCLA, Buzz Aldrin, actor Jane Withers, Pixar's Ben Burtt, director Kevin Brownlow and many more notable collections... 


    Review Quotes

    ***** "Aviators in Early Hollywood is instantly energizing the moment you flip open the book... fly away with this book...” full review

    ***** "It is an amazing view into the Hollywood "hangar"... I am revved up every time I fly through the stunning images of this book!" full review

     ***** "The world could be a much better place if everyone practiced the loyalty code of the aviator."

     ***** "Whether you’re a fan of aviation, classic film, or thrive from books with passion provoking unique images, let Aviators in Early Hollywood fly you away to the heights of glory. This uplifting and insightful book should definitely be on your gift giving list." 


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