I was searching through our SWPC Forums yesterday and noticed a post titled History Book and written by SWPC member, Daniel Miller. In case you aren’t aware, the SWPC complied a history of the Club and published a book, Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History. The book was published by Turner Publishing Company in 2006 and has been out of print for some time. Good news! According to the post I found on the Forums, we now know that the book is back in print!
Here is the post I found in our SWPC Forums, dated August 12, 2013:
“Under the website tab “About Us” – “History” – “Early History” there was mention of a book by Eleanor Mills called Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History. I looked it up and ordered it and today it arrived. I was expecting a pamphlet sized booklet, but instead it is a full sized book 12″ X 9″ with 136 pages. It is chock full of Short Wing stuff including the entire detailed history of the origins of the club as well as a synopsis of each convention up to 2004. It has lots of pictures of member’s planes with detailed information about equipment. How did I not know about this book? I’ve been with the club since 1981 and I don’t ever remember thisbook being published. I really enjoyed reading about the members and traveling back in memory lane. I remember meeting many of them. Many of which are no longer with us. Thank you Eleanor for keeping all this history and putting it on paper as a keepsake. I’m going to keep reading this for quite a while. It is now 8 or 9 years since the book was compiled. There has been a lot of happenings since then. It is about time for a sequel.”
Here’s the description of the book as listed on the Turner Publishing Company website:
This collector’s item publication will trace the history of the Short Wing Piper Club from its humble beginnings at Van Sant Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to its current standing of being comprised of over 3,200 aviation enthusiasts who own, fly, or simply admire five of Mr. Piper’s best aircraft, the PA 15/17-Vagabond, PA 16-Clipper, PA 20-Pacer, PA 22-Tri-Pacer, and PA 22-108 Colt PA-22/20, built between 1948 and 1964. The 41 different chapters the Short Wing Piper Club represents will also be featured prominently in this one-of-a-kind book. 136 pages, 9″ x 12″ – Hardbound
Thanks, Daniel, for sharing your find about the SWPC Commemorative History Book with us!
Interested in ordering a copy of the Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History for yourself? The books are available through Turner Publishing Company. Click HERE or on the picture below for more information or to order your copy.