The Vandersarl Blériot
THIS CHARMING BOOK documents the restoration of a Blériot monoplane built by the Vandersarl brothers, Frank and Jules, near Denver, Colorado, in 1911. The restored airplane was flown in 2012 by owner Javier Arango, co-author of the book with Philip Makanna, whose luminous photographs dominate. Since his first book was published nearly 30 years ago, Makanna has set the standard for airto-air shots. His distinctive style—well-lit, full-frame, and saturated— has been widely emulated. Compared to the ghostly archival shots included in his books, Makanna’s photos seem to make the aircraft live. Limited-edition, signed books are available at ghosts.com.
CAROLINE SHEEN IS THE AIR & SPACE PHOTOGRAPHY AND ILLUSTRATIONS EDITOR.