|FRANK P. LAHM - SIGNED 1st DAY ENVELOPE ,|
Comemorating the 10th anniversay of the original Wright Flyer to the United States. Frank Lahm was credited with being the first military aviator in 1909. Later, he became General of the Air Corps.
|GORDON GOLLOB - SIGNED NOTE ,|
He achieved 150 aerial victories in WW II in 1945. He became General of the Fighters In 1995. He signed this on note paper thanking the addressee for his letter. Also included is the envelope.
VICE ADM. JOHN A. COLLINS (1899-1989), |
Photograph & bio of Sir John A. Collins. He commanded HMAS Sydney, Battle of the Mediterranean, 1940-41. Was wonded , 1944, HMAS Australia, in the first recorded kamikaze attack.
RUTH NICHOLS (1901-1960) - Signed Envelope (dated 1931)
She became the first licensed femal seaplane pilot in 1924. In 1925, co-pilot on first NYC to Miami (non-stop). She co-founded the Ninety Nines in 1929. In the 1930s she set several speed, endurance & altitude records.
EDWARD TELLER (1908-2003) - signed photograph, |
Hungarian born Teller emigrated to the U.S. in 1933. In April, 1943, he joined the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. After the war his further research culminated in the first successful detonation of the hydrogen bomb.
HUBERT WILKINS (1888-1958) & Charles Sherman (Casey) Jones (1894-1976) - Signed Envelope
Wilkins, with pilot Carl Ben eilson, explored the Polar Regions by air. In 1928, they were the first to fly over the North Pole (Pt. Barrow to Spitsbergen). In 1932, he made an unsuccessful to cros the Atlantic by submarine.
Jones learned to fly during WW I. In 1919, he joined the Curtiss Aeroplane Company in sales & as a test pilot. He competed in several air races in the 1920s. 1929 saw him become a V.P. at Curtiss. In 1932, he started his own flying school.
|ARCH WHITEHOUSE (1895-1979) - Signed Letter |
He was born in England, raised in New Jersey, he served as an aerial gunner with the RFC/RAF. He later trained on fighters. He became a prolific writer on the air war of World War I.
WOLFGANG SPATE (1911-1997) - Signed post card
Spate was a 99 Victory Ace in WW II and prominent in the development of the Me-163, the first rocket fighter. Five of his 99 victories were while flying the Me-262.
HANS-EKKEHARD BOB (1917-2013) - signed photograph, |
He did the bulk of his flying in various models of the Me-109 with JG-54 (Green Hearts) beginning 1940 in France through the Battle of Britain and the Eastern Front. He attained 59 victories.
ADM. WILLIAM A. MOFFETT (1869-1933) - signed card, |
His inscription on a blank card (about the size of a business card) reads "With best wishes for your success, Wm. A. Moffett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy"
In 1914, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for a daring night landing at Vera Cruz, Mexico. although not a pilot, he was a very strong advocate for Naval Air Power. He lost his life aboard the USS Akron when it went down in a storm, april, 1933.
AVM A. EARL GODFREY - 1890-1982 -SIGNED ENVELOPE |
He was a 14 Victory Ace in WW I with the R.A.F. 1926 saw him make the first Trans-Canada flight in a seaplane. He was promoted to Air Vice Marshal in 1943. He retired from the RCAF in 1944.
FRANK ELLIS 1898-1979, |
Signed first day envelope, Canada's last surviving pioneer pilot.
1914 Constructe & flew the first aircraft built and flown in Canada
1919 First Canadian to parachute into Canada
1920 Flew the first Canadian air flight
He was prolific in writing books & articles on Canadian aviation history.
WOODY JONGEWARD & BOB WOODHOUSE, |
signed envelope, they set an endurance record (August 24 to October 10, 1949) of 46 days, 20 hrs flying an Aeronca Sedan.
|BERNT BALCHEN (1899-1973 - AUTOGRAPHED ENVELOPE,
6 1/2" X 3 1/2 ". He was involved in the planning of Byrd's 1927 North Pole flight. Was the pilot of Byrd's trans-Atlantic flight and the 1929 South Pole flight. During WW II, he was involved in clandestine missions to Scandanavia for the USAAF.
|COOK CLELLAND (1916-2007 - AUTOGRAPHED ENVELOPE,
6 1/2" X 3 1/2 ". Flew dive bombers from the WASP & Lexington during WW II. He became famous in the late 1940s flying F2G Corsairs to victry in the Thompson Trophy Races of 1947 & 1949.
|FRANCIS "GABBY" GABRESKI (1920-2002) - |
WALTER G. BRENZ (1919 - ?),
Signatures are on an enveloe commemorating the 40th Anniversary of V-E Day. Certified copy No. 0094.
Also signed by Peter Jarvis, RAF, who flew the mission.
Gabby Gabreski gained fame flying P-47s with the 56th FG with 28 victories and 6 1/2 more in Korea.
Walter (Jim) Benz achieved 8 victories against the Japanese with the 5th AF. He flew combat and led the 8th Fighter Bomber flying F80s & F-86s.
|CHARLES WILLARD (1883-1977) - The Exhibition Years |
He was Glenn Curtiss's first fying pupil. He soloed June 30, 1919. He inscribed this 16 page booklet which covers his flying for the years 2909 to 1919, with photos & 2-view drawings of the Curtis Golden flyer.
HANS SUSSENGUTH - Signed Photograph (5" x 7") + 3 page biography (English)
He joined the technical department of Lufthansa in 1939, with whom he was involved in aircraft research & development. For 7 years after the war, he was in private business. In 1952, he rejoined ufthansa and was very involved in the resurrection of the airline.
|VICTORIN KATCHINSKY (1891-1986)
envelope signed, he soloed April 29, 1912 at the Sebastopol Army Flying School, on a Farman IV. After service as Chief of Ukranian Navy Aviaition andlater Polish Naval Aviation, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1928.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER -|
Framed (12" x 15")
Air Vice Marsha D.C. M. Bennett
Air Marshal Sir Harry Burton
Group Captain John Cunningham
Group Captain Denys Gillam
Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson
Wing Commander David Shannon
Group Captain Hugh Verity
|WALTER E. GILBERT,
Canadian bush piot, awaded the Trans-Cananda (McKee) Trophy in 1933, He wrote his memoirs "Artic Pilot in 1939. Envelope signed by Gilbert.
Hia signature at the end of a anecdote of a 1919 Air Route Survey. Fysh was involved in 5 aerial victories with 1 Sqdn. RAAF (WW I). Later was director of Quantas.
9 envelopes, each signed by a Snowbird pilot (1992)
|SCOTT CROSSFIELD, Signed photo (7 1/2" x 9 1/2") signed. Crossfield was the first
pilot to fly twice the speed of sound. Later, he was the chief pilot on the X-15 project.
| OLIVER STEWART SIGNATURE Signature cut from a letter. Oliver Stewart, WW I British pilot flew Sopwith Pups with 54 Sqdn., credited with 5 victories. WW II RAF instructor. He became a prolific aviation author. His autobiography - WORDS AND MUSIC FOR A MECHANICAL MAN was published in 1976 just before his death.
| WILLIAM C. REID, VC - SIGNED ENVELOPE, Flew Lancasters with 61 Sdn. On Nov. 3, 1943, his plane was severely hit by Night Fighters twice. He was wounded but continued e
on to hit the target (Dusseldorf) and returned to England. After recovering from
his wounds, he transfered to 617 Sqdn.
Framed & Matted 23" x 17"
EACH DAY I DIE - MOVIE LOBBY CARD & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO, 1939 starring James Cagney & George Raft - 1939 film.
Original lobby card and photograph autographed by James Cagney & George Raft. Please note: Cagney signed Raft's photo & Raft signed Cagney's photo (I guess they did it to be funny). In the film Cagney is framed, sent to prison, where he meets tough guy, Raft. Framed & Matted 23" x 17".
Framed & Matted 18 1/2" x 24 1/2"
THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE - MOVIE POSTER (reproduced) & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS, 1939 Movie poster and photographs autographed by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Portrays America's hugely popular early 20th century husband and wife dance team.
Vernon served as a pilot and flight instructor during World War I. In 1918, while conducting flight maneuvers at Benbrook Field near Fort Worth, Texas his plane crashed and he was killed instantly.
Fred Astaire's photograph is signed. Ginger Roger's photograph is inscribed "To Sue A. Salter, My warmest blessing, Ginger Rogers 1988" Framed & Matted 18 12" x 24 1/2".