Feb 08 2017

William K. Vanderbilt Jr.‘s 1937 Book “Flying Lanes”


William K. Vanderbilt Jr. documented his 1937 South American trip in his Sikorsky S-43 amphibian plane in a limited edition book Flying Lanes.

At the 2013 Doyle Auction of the Estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, I was the winning bidder for Consuelo's copy of the book signed by her father. Here are the key pages and photos from the book.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick


 The inscription in the book reads:
 
Dearest Consuelo:
 
I thought you might like to have this little book
 
affectionately
 
Father

Consuelo Vanderbilt and her father as seen in 1932.

A chart of the Flying Lanes

The itinerary

At Willie K.'s Fisher Island Florida base.

The crew: Earle White (left) and Henry Gerstung (right)


 
Willie K. and the Sikorsky S-43 as seen in 1934.
 



Comments

Feb 12 2017 S. Berliner, III 4:57 PM

Great find; thanks, Howard,m for sharing!  May I please sneak in my on-going plea for one of your ever-increasing circle of readers to help find a missing similar privately-published WKV, Jr., book(let), the heavily-illustrated one he had done about the construction of the LIMP, <http://sbiii.com/limpkwy0.html#limpbklt>?  Sam, III

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