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"Aluminum Company of America Makers of Alcoa Aluminum, the metal that flies best"

Detailed color-printed folding pictorial map of the world on an Azimuthal Equidistant Projection, prepared for Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America) in 1943.

The map features the emblems of diverse national Air Forces during the Second World War, including Iraq, Latvia, Iran, Guatemala, "Fighting France", China (Kuomintang), Brazil, and many others.

The verso features U.S. military insignia (Army, Navy, and Air Force), Aircraft Squadron Insignia, tips on spotting aircraft, aircraft formations, etc. It also features a vignette on the kinds of aluminum used to make airplanes.

The covers show three representations of the Earth, comparing the times it took to travel around the world in 1872, 1903, and 1943. The caption states:

In 1872 it took 80 days to circle the world. In 1903, 54 days. In 1938, Howard Hughes flew 'round the world in 3 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes, 10 seconds. The three globes show how the airplane has shrunk our world.

A fascinating and highly desirable map for those interesting in the flying history of World War II.