Aviation enthusiasts can get a taste of the Nebraska skies without ever leaving their armchairs with Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos, published by Nebraska State Historical Society Books. Written by NSHS volunteer (and longtime aviation enthusiast) Vince Goeres, with Kylie Kinley and introduction by Roger Welsch, the book showcases more than 200 aviation photos from the NSHS collections.
Wings Over Nebraska includes chapters on Nebraska's early pilots (who were often farm boys with a daredevil streak); Nebraska's only World War I flying ace, Orville Ralston; the nationally known Lincoln Aviation and Flying School (where Charles Lindbergh learned to fly); air shows and stunt flying; Nebraska's World War II air bases; and many other stories of Nebraska's role in the development of aviation.
Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos
176 pp., softcover, 8 1/2" x 11"
Available from NSHS Landmark Stores (1-800-833-6747, 402-471-3447) and at airports and bookstores across Nebraska.
On the cover: Gary Petersen of Walton, Nebraska, flies past Chimney Rock in his 1942 Waco UPF-7 in September 2009. Photograph by Tom Downey, Downey Studio.
Read the Lincoln Journal Star's article about Vince Goeres and Wings.
Read an excerpt of Wings Over Nebraska here . The file is a 2MB PDF. If you can't open it,
download Adobe Reader (free software).
The Lincoln Playboy, shown here in 1931, was designed in Lincoln, Nebraska,
with the goal of being a marketable small plane.