(n. p.): 1951 - 1952. 1st edition (presumed). Unpaginated, though 130 sheets (including ~ 6 large fold-out maps) divided into 11 tabbed sections. 2 Index sheets at front: a listing by Command [10 total], and the second by installation . Each base depicted on one sheet by a color coded map, with ancillary data to reverse [e.g., wind analysis graph]. Marked "Restricted" in top margin, and "Preliminary Master Plan" in lower right title block. Album: 16" x 23-1/4". Typical map: 15-1/2" x 21-1/2". Plain blue cloth album, bound triple screwpost. General wear & soiling to binder, Very Good. Maps generally bright, with little wear [occasional paper clip rust shadow] - VG+ to Nr Fine. Item #47024
The album provides a physical layout overview for ~140 Air Force installations about the country in the early 50s, the album being compiled a scant 5 years after the Air Force was established as a separate branch of the US military. We surmise it was created to aid senior staff, probably at the newly formed Department in Washington DC, and no doubt, was consulted often during the Cold War years.
Per the preliminary index, commands represented include: Air Defense Command, Air Material Command, Air Research & Development Command, Air Proving Ground, Air Training Command, Air University, Continental Air Command, Military Air Transport Service, Strategic Air Command & Tactical Air Command [tabs add: HQ Comd.].
We find no other record of this massive document, which today provides an invaluable historical record, all in one volume, of the divers USAF bases during this period, many of which have been are no longer in existence or have been repurposed [e.g., Hamilton Air Force Base, San Rafael, California].