Wings’ Community Book Fair

Wings’ Community Book Fair

Date: Saturday, Oct 2 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Categories: Special Events

In celebration of National Book Month this October, enjoy a Community Book Fair and meet authors of aviation and military books!


Please note: This event is included in museum admission.

Are you an author in the aviation or military field? Reach out to Emily Sarantschin at to secure your spot at the book fair today!

Erika Armstrong | A Chick in the Cockpit

From the front desk of a busy FBO at the Flying Cloud Airport, to the captain’s seat of a commercial airliner, Erika has experienced everything aviation has to offer. She has worked on both sides of the cockpit door , is an aviation professor at MSU Denver, Instructional Designer and VP of Business Development at Advanced Aircrew Academy and a professional pilot columnist.

Terry Barnhardt & Flint Whitlock | Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book

Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book is a fascinating look at the beginnings of aviation in America and the colorful daredevils who risked their lives to entertain crowds, deliver the mail, and carry passengers commercially. It is also the rags-to-riches story of Elrey B. Jeppesen–daredevel barnstormer and wing walker of the 1920s, intrepid airmail and airline pilot of the 1930s, creator of an aerial navigation system in use today worldwide, and founder of a business that grew from a ten-cent little black book into an international, multi-billion-dollar enterprise without equal.

Dr. Jack Spokes Ballard | Colorado’s Daring Ivy Baldwin: Aviator, Aerialist and Aeronaut

At the beginning of the twentieth century, aerialist Ivy Baldwin had achieved celebrity status as a premier tightrope walker, aeronaut and aviation pioneer. He executed astonishing and perilous performances across America and internationally, including Mexico and the Far East. First by flying balloons, he went on to pilot dirigibles and, finally, aircraft. In his later years in Colorado, he became famous for crossing canyons on a tightrope. Historian Jack Stokes Ballard deftly captures Baldwin’s colorful and hazardous life from childhood runaway to aviation record holder.

Linda Chowdry | No Man’s Son

An immigrant’s memoir, written by his widow, recounting the life of a young Pakistani man who came to the U.S. with only a driving ambition to make a difference in his chosen industry, aviation. Through challenges and successes, Michael Chowdry soared to the very heights of the airline business. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, he unleashed his passion, ultimately building a successful airline, Atlas Air Cargo.

Drew Chitiea |The Aviator’s Bathroom Reader

“If you currently hold a pilots’ certificate, or held one in the past, or would like to hold one in the future, then this book is for you. The stories, fables, whoppers, tall tales, there-I-was escapades, flying anecdotes, reports, narratives, and versions of the ‘truth’ have all been collected and presented here for your edification, enjoyment and education. For with almost each chronicle presented herein is also included some relevant iota of ‘brain-food’ a pilot needs at hand to make – and keep – flying and aviation the inherently safe endeavor it is today.”

Jack Stokes Ballard, John Bond and George Paxton | Lowry Air Force Base

From 1937 to 1994, Lowry Air Force Base, located on the eastern edge of the city of Denver, served the nation and the surrounding community in many distinguished ways. The air base, primarily a technical training center, graduated more than 1.1 million enlisted members and officers in skills ranging from armament to photography, tremendously strengthening the country’s war efforts in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. Lowry significantly contributed to maintaining the world’s largest air force and to promoting the accelerated growth of the Denver metro area and Colorado.

Jeff Kildow | Red Menace

“This is a flying job, pure and simple,” said General McNeil to Colonel Joel Knight. “We’re assigning you to the CIA for a Top Secret Compartmented mission — flying into a somewhat belligerent country undercover as a civilian.” If captured, Joel would be shot as a spy. Sounding like a ‘famous last words’ curse, McNeil added, “This mission is a piece of cake.”

Christopher Manos | Putting a Little Magic in Your Life and Business

Situation: You’ve got a great product or service. But potential clients and customers aren’t hearing your important message. You’re an interesting person. But for some reason, you go unnoticed. You’re worried about your upcoming presentation when you should be focused on the people around you. You’d like to mingle with the group but sense that you’re not part of the in-crowd. Solution: Now you can stand out from the crowd in a totally unique way simply by adding a little magic to your life and business! Use magic, puzzles, business card deceptions and more to engage clients, make new friends, spark conversation and get your message across. Master magician Christopher Manos introduces you to dozens of proven, time-tested and truly effective secrets that will work for you in any situation — whether it’s personal or business. Use this important guide to showcase your talents using unique magical methods. Your spectators will be amazed at your abilities and you’ll be pleased at how seamlessly you’ve become a significant part of the group.

Bruce McCandless III | Wonders All-Around

Bruce McCandless III grew up in the shadow of Houston’s Johnson Space Center during the Apollo and Skylab eras. He graduated from the Plan II Honors Program of the University of Texas in 1983 and went on to earn degrees from the University of Reading in England and the University of Texas School of Law. After teaching at Saint David’s School in New York City, he returned to Austin to practice law and retired as general counsel of Superior HealthPlan in 2019.

Col. Andy Meverden | Unconventional Chaplain: Winning Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan 2002-2003

This non-fiction photo-illustrated memoir starts with the author’s experience in in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, followed by an “invitation” to deploy with an Army National Guard Green Beret battalion to Afghanistan. This heart-healing story is seen through the eyes of a versatile citizen-soldier chaplain, whose observations and interventions include an amazing series of story lines that are played out in two surprising epilogues.

Christopher Petty | Battle Digest

Chris is a graduate of West Point, Colorado State University, and the U.S. Army War College. His experience ranges from commanding troops in combat to commanding the NATO Headquarters in Bosnia. He has been published in journals and publications, such as the Army Times and War on the Rocks.

Starley Talbott and Michael Kassel | Wyoming’s Friendly Skies

Eight brave young women entered Boeing’s brief training program in Cheyenne in May 1930, making them the first airline stewardesses in the world. In 1947, United Air Lines established its Stewardess Training Center in Cheyenne, operating for nearly two decades. Authors Starley Talbott and Michael Kassel celebrate the world’s first stewardesses, as well as the thousands who followed in their footsteps.

Julie Tizard | Free Fall at Angel Creek

When the airplane carrying her sister is reported missing, then later found a smoking wreck, Detective Dee Rawlings never had the chance to finally reconcile after years of estrangement. She’s desperate to find out why the plane crashed, but Dr. River Dawson, the exacting and relentless aircraft accident investigator, believes Dee’s good intentions are interfering with her case and wants her gone. All that changes when Dee discovers critical evidence that doesn’t add up.

Pat Wiesner | Be a Boss Who Grows Leaders

Why Be a Boss That Grows Leaders? Finding future leaders at all levels of a company is a huge challenge at any company, big or small. This book is about being a leader, helping others to be leaders and having more fun and excitement than you ever thought possible “working”!

Jolanda Witvliet and Richard Swindell | Airplane Transition Manual

Your complete guide to transition to an airline pilot professional.

Wings Over the Rockies Research Library Collection

The museum will be selling several hundred aviation and spaceflight books and magazines that are duplicates from the museum’s library collection. These include materials related to aviation and spaceflight history, aviation sciences, aerospace engineering, aerospace biographies and so on.