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Allen Herr performed as a professional musician while running a family business for four decades. He has written articles on early
aviation for Air Enthusiast Quarterly, the American Aviation Historical Society Journal, and Northern California historical societies. Herr has flown over eighteen hundred hours as a private pilot of which nearly a tenth were flying aerobatics. A member of the International Aerobatic Club, Herr achieved his Sportsman with Stars Certificate in competition. He has belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Association and the American Aviation Historical Society nearly forty-five years. Herr is a member of the National Air-racing Group. He's attended Air Race Week at Reno National Air Races since it began in 1964.
Allen Herr lives near Yuba City, California, with his wife Kathe (also a pilot and author) and their children Bella and Skeezix.
Historian Allen Herr's historical aviation stories document fearless risk takers in Northern California with lively biographies of the pioneer aviators, stories of barnstormers, commercial flying, local airplane builders, massive turnouts at airshows, and airfield development from 1910 to 1939. Author Herr devoted years of research to his narrative including 94 illustrations, some published for the first time. Originally published in 2015 as Golden Wings over the Feather River (ISBN 978-1-935807-14-8), this edition includes added information and more illustrations. Golden Wings is complemented by two other titles of early Northern California aviation history written by private pilot Herr: Wooden Wings over the Golden Gate, Early Aviation in the San Francisco Bay Area 1910-1939 and Ragwings over the Sacramento River, Early Aviation in Sacramento County, the westside counties, and the far northern counties of the Sacramento Valley 1909-1939.