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Livingston. Subtitled "The Story of the Fifth National Air Tour as Related by the Winner," this book was written following the 1929 Ford Air Tour by John H. Livingston, President of Mid-West Airways Corporation. He participated in three different air tours, and wrote this account for the WACO Aircraft Company, whose aircraft won the tour twice.
The Ford Reliability Tour was an efficiency contest held every year from 1925 through 1931. Initially called the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour, they were subsequently promoted as "The Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Trophy", sometimes shortened to the Ford Reliability Tour and later, the National Air Tour. The tour gave airplane builders an opportunity to take their latest models around the country in a well-publicized contest also meant to convince the man on the ground he should take to the air. For more on the National Air Tour, see item #5991.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will help support the re-creation of Ford Air Tour in September 2003, as part of the celebration of the Centennial of Flight.
32 pgs., 14 B&W photos plus tables, maps and more, 5½"x 8½", sfbd.
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