2 VINTAGE PILOT LOG BOOKS FOR HELL'S ANGELS HOWARD HUGHES' STUNT PILOT, IRA REED For Sale
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2 VINTAGE PILOT LOG BOOKS FOR HELL'S ANGELS HOWARD HUGHES' STUNT PILOT, IRA REED:
NOTE: Only a few of the over 125 pages of notations in the log books are shown here.
RARE vintage original pilot log books for legendary movie stunt pilot IRA REED, who was Howard Hughes' personal pilot, an early friend and former lover of famed aviatrix Pancho Barnes and charter member of the Motion Pictures Pilot's Association union...founded by Pancho Barnes. Ira Reed learned to fly in 1926 from none other than Charles Lindberg. By February 13, 1929, Ira Reed had already logged 740 hours of flying time which is noted on the first page of the earliest logbook. Two pilot log books covering the period from February 13, 1929 through May 13, 1956 are offered here that cover his time flying stunts for the movies and flying movie stars, involved in aerial photography, and as owner of his own air service. By May 13, 1956 he had logged over 2100 hours of flying. The 2 logbooks combined contain over 125 pages crammed packed with detailed flight entries and notations including the type of plane flown, the type engine and the license number (tail number) of the airplane. In logbook two fellow legendary stunt pilot Frank Clarke in 1946 signs Reed's pilots log book certifying some of his recent flights.
The first logbook covers his work for Howard Hughes on HELLS ANGELS, flying at Caddo Field and elsewhere, as well as flying for other flying motion pictures of the day such as DAWN PATROL, BROKEN WING, LOST SQUADRON, SKY BRIDE, flying dog fights for ACES OF ACES a Richard Dix film from 1933.
Reading these log books is like a walk through history. The books are well notated and cover flights to/from Santa Monica Clover Field, Caddo Field, Metropolitan Airport, Mines Field, Long Beach, Fresno, Redondo, Venice, Arcadia, Oakland, Grand Central, American Field, Hot Springs Ark, United Airport, flights from and for Aero Corp, Griffith Park Field, Palm Springs, San Diego, Bakersfield, Banning, San Mateo, Hollywood, Alhambra Airport, flying actor Vince Barnett, co-piloting work for Robertson Aircraft, Lanbert Field, Curtiss in E. St. Louis, Alton, Hot Springs, Ark, Shreveport, El Paso, Reno, notation of cross country flight, notations of "stalls and spins", test flights for American Aircraft, Flushing, Roosevelt, Westchester, Mastic, Blairstorn, Saratoga Springs, Detroit, Dunkirk, Wilkes Barre, Baltimore, Greensboro, Dallas, Vern, El Paso, Tuscon, Banning, Monrovia, Pine Bluff, Amarillo, Taos, Santa Fe, Denver, and numerous other locations
And Reed was flying all types of airplanes including Travelair, Waco, Fokker, Swallow, T.M. rotary, Fairchild, Stinson, Snipe, Fleet, Stearman, Curtis, Fledgely (?), Great Lakes, Ford, Ryan, Boeing, Cub JT, PT 17, Cessna, Ercoupe, Navion, and the tail numbers (license numbers) are noted of the planes flown. Both pilot logbooks are signed numerous times by IRA REED, as well as notarized, embossed and signed by various aviation inspectors attesting to the number of hours flown by Ira Reed.
Ira Reed's obituary (photocopy included in this sale) reads as follows:"IRA B. REED dies at 58 in Amarillo. Ira B. Reed, widely known in aviation circles throughout the United States and a resident of Santa Fe and Taos, dies unexpectedly in Amarillo October 24 after a heart attack. Reed, who was 58, had been in Amarillo under a doctor's care since February." ...."In accordance with Reed's special request, there will be six pallbearers from Taos Pueblo and a short Indian ceremony at the grave side.. Burial will be next to his wife Betty in Taos. Reed came to New Mexico as a child and was raised in Colfax County, leaving to join the Navy in 1921. He learned to fly in 1926 in St. Louis from Charles Lindberg, and a year later moved to Southern California. There he became a charter member of the Motion Pictures Pilots Association and flew in many movies, among them DAWN PATROL, and WINGS. Reed later worked for Producer Howard Hughes both in the movies and as his personal pilot. At the outbreak of WWII, Reed enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served with the Air Transport Command. He moved back to New Mexico after the war, both in Santa Fe and Taos, where he operated the Kachina Air Service. Reed was a member of the Wings Club of New York and the Quiet Birdmen, Albuquerque Hanger."