Armstrong and others celebrate 75 years of powered flight
Uncommon signed book: Diamond Jubilee of Powered Flight: The Evolution of Aircraft Design. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1978. Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 152 pages. Signed on the inside back cover in black felt tip by Neil Armstrong. The back cover and inside back cover are also signed by 23 other attendees of the anniversary conference, including: James H. Doolittle, Milt Caniff, Lowell Thomas, Sergei Sikorsky, Ron Smith, Robert E. Bower, Walter Boyne, Paul E. Garber, George C. Martin, Roy H. Lange, Seymour Z. Rubenstein, Richard L. Foss, and more. In fine condition.
Sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in cooperation with the Air Force Museum and the University of Dayton School of Engineering, the Diamond Jubilee of Powered Flight was a two-day conference on the design of past and future aircraft that was held at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum on December 14 and 15, 1978. Sessions on the evolution of aircraft design covered the first three 25-year periods of aircraft design—including the Wright Brothers' contributions—and another looked at future design trends like the space shuttle. The event included speeches made by internationally recognized engineers and designers from Lockheed, Boeing, Rockwell, McDonnell-Douglas, U.S. Air Force, and NASA.