[Various]: [Various], 1891. Item #03948
The Extensive Collection of Record Breaking Aerobatics and Stunt Flying 'Ace' Joann Osterud
[AERONAUTICS COLLECTION]. [OSTERUD, Joann]. The extensive collection of 372 titles all related to Women in Aviation, Manned Flight, Aeroplanes, Aerobatics, Stunt Pilots, etc. etc. [Various places and publishers, all published between 1891 and 2006].
The authors represented in the collection range from Jean ADAMS to Alexander ZUYEV and include some 260 first editions covering every aspect of aviation, of which over fifty are signed, inscribed or presentation copies - many inscribed to Joann Osterud. The subjects covered include in particular Women in Aviation, as well as Autobiographies, Biographies, History of Flight, History of Fliers, Aerobatics, Test Pilot's, Stunt Pilot's, Encyclopedias, User Manuals, Wartime Accounts, etc., etc.
The extensive collection of Joann Osterud, (1945-2017) female aerobatic and stunt pilot who retired after her "Ring of Fire" stunt ended in an accident at Yuma International Airport on April 11th, 1997. The stunt required her to fly her Gordon Price Ultimate 10-3000S Bi-Plane 'inverted' through a 'ring of fire'. Although the plane was destroyed in the incident miraculously, Joann escaped unhurt. During Osterud's twenty-nine year stunt flying career she broke the record for flying upside-down (1991 - 4 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds). The previous record had been set by Milo Burcham when he flew from Long Beach CA to San Diego and back for 4 hours, 5 minutes and 22 seconds. Osterud simultaneously broke a 60-year old distance record for flying upside-down more than 250 miles in a stretch. In 1989 she also broke the record for flying 208 upside-down loops in a row. Osterud learned to fly at Boeing Field, Seattle and was famous for performing magnificent maneuvers like hammerhead turns, tail-slides and lomcevacs (tumbling end-over-end) on the air show circuit. She also had a second aviation career - she was the first woman pilot hired by Alaska Airlines and subsequently as a pilot by United Airlines. Joann Osterud passed away on March 12th, 2017 aged 71.
Detailed list on request.