Some Of History's Best Aviation Stories Are Buried In America's Film Vault

Top Quote A Treasure Trove of Rare Aviation Related Newsreel Footage Re-Discovered at the National Archives. End Quote
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  • (1888PressRelease) September 29, 2010 - Film-sleuth Phillip W. Stewart is at it again! After four years of digging, probing, and analyzing the evidence he has created "AERIAL ACES OF THE UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL: A Researcher's Guide to the Aviation Related Stories Released Nationally by Universal Pictures, 1929-1931." This detective of celluloid discloses the description of 219 aviation stories produced during the first three years of what was known then as the "Universal Newspaper Newsreel." This well-researched, landmark work is a boon to scholars, librarians, and museum curators.

    "Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel is an absolutely invaluable contribution to aviation history for which authors, historians and media producers will be grateful for years to serious aviation historian can do without this book." - Walter J. Boyne, Historian and National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinee.

    These historic aviation newsreels are listed in release order and all are identified by title, reel number, event date, location, and length. Each title has a storyline based on the newsreel synopsis sheets, a description the film action that documents the story, a word-for-word copy of the original narration script, and concludes with production or historical information. All titles were cross-referenced against various NARA inventories and only those that are known to currently exist are presented in detail.

    Relatively few people know that historically significant films exist at the National Archives and even fewer know how to find them. The ultimate goal of Mr. Stewart's investigative work is to lift the veil of mystery surrounding these historic treasures and provide guides to finding them. So, if you're ready to play detective and to investigate America's film vault, you should take a guide--and this is it!

    Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel: A Researcher's Guide to the Aviation Related Stories Released Nationally by Universal Pictures, 1929-1931 (ISBN: 978-0-9793243-7-6, $31.95, case bound/978-0-9793243-6-9, $26.95, trade paper, pms press, 2010) is the fourth book in The Historic Footage Project. More information is available at the author's website, All of Mr. Stewart's books are available from his publisher, pms press (, and via

    Whether you are an aviation museum curator, replica aircraft builder, college media professor, airplane model maker, film researcher, media producer, historian, novelist, or a student of aeronautical history, these newsreel stories will provide you with a timeless reference to moving images during the middle years of the aviation's Golden Age.

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