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20th Century Aviation Archive: Charles A. Lindbergh, Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart, Matted W/Photographs & Important Relics of Each, Ready for Display!

20th Century Aviation Archive: Charles A. Lindbergh, Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart, Matted W/Photographs & Important Relics of Each, Ready for Display!

 

Comprises: 

 

CHARLES A. LINDBERGH. Carried by Lindbergh! First Flight Cover Signed: “C.A. Lindbergh.” Airmail Envelope, 6.5” x 3.75”, bearing one George Washington and three airmail postage stamps, postmarked Miami, Florida, February 4, 1929, with a pictorial airmail cancellation. Typed addressed to John A. Hambleton, Pan American Airways, Cristobal, Canal Zone. Pan American Airways won the contracts for several foreign airmail routes between the U.S. and Latin America, and the company hired Lindbergh as a technical advisor. Stamped pictorial cachet at left: “First Flight Airmail International F.A.M 5 Miami - Canal Zone.” F.A.M. (Foreign Air Mail) 5 was piloted by Charles A. Lindbergh on February 4-6, 1929. His return flight from Cristobal, Canal Zone was made on February 10-13, 1929. When FAM-5 was combined with FAM-6, the combination became known as the "Lindbergh Circle" with flights circumnavigating the Caribbean Sea. Fine condition. 

 

ORVILLE WRIGHT. Partly Printed Check Signed “Orville Wright.” Dayton, Ohio, April 16, 1925. Payable for one dollar. Wright Brothers 17¢ stamp affixed at top left, U.S. flag stamp affixed at top, each postmarked on December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of Orville’s first flight at Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills. Postmarked Chico, CA at left and pictorially postmarked at Kill Devil Hills, NC, at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Fine condition. 

 

AMELIA EARHART. Special Event Cover Signed: “Amelia Earhart.” Envelope, 6” x 3.5”. George Washington 2¢ postage stamp postmarked “New York, N.Y., June 20, 1932. Addressed in unknown hand to a collector in Bronx, New York. Stamped pictorial cachet at left picturing Earhart captioned “Amelia Earhart Putnam / ‘America’s First Lady of the Air’ / First Woman to Fly the Atlantic Alone / Arrives at New York City / Sponsored by Fordham Aero-Philatelic Society / Bronx, N.Y.” Fine condition 

+ A metallic propeller pin has been affixed between Lindbergh’s photograph and the signed first flight cover. Provenance: Letter from Ev Cassagneres, Ryan Aircraft Historian and Lindbergh/Spirit of St. Louis Specialist displaying this pin. 

 

+ A 1.5” drive chain link produced by the Diamond Chain Co., Indianapolis, marked “155,” representing type of block chain used in the Model 1905 Wright Brother's airplane engine for driving cam shaft from crank shaft has been affixed between a photograph of man’s first powered airplane flight in 1903. This was given to Louis P. Christman, Chief Production Engineer of the Wright Aeroplane Co., for his later work in restoring the 1905 Wright Flyer. From the Family of Louis P. Christman. 

 

+ A rectangular piece of red fabric removed by the Smithsonian from Lockheed Vega 5B in which Earhart’s made the first solo transatlantic flight has been affixed between her photograph and the signed cover. Accompanied by a letter from the National Air and Space Museum, in part, “the Lockheed Vega made the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight piloted by a woman, Amelia Earhart in 1932. In restoring the plane it was necessary to replace the deteriorated original fabric. The best portions of the fabric have been cut into squares … ” 

 

The Lindbergh signed first flight cover, Wright signed check, and Earhart signed New York City cover have been matted together with the metallic propeller pin, the chain link, and the red fabric, and photographs of Lindbergh and his plane “Spirit of St. Louis,” Orville Wright making his historic first flight on his Wright Flyer, and Earhart wearing her white flying jacket and cap with goggles. Beneath the nine items is a 7.5” x 1.25” metallic plaque engraved: “The Greatest Aviators of the 20th Century / Their Original Signatures along with Outstanding Artifacts.” Overall size, 34” x 28”, ready for framing and display.

 

This item comes with an authentication certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

 

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