VIOLA GENTRY - COMMEMORATIVE COVER SIGNED - DOCUMENT 285216
 

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VIOLA GENTRY - COMMEMORATIVE COVER SIGNED
VIOLA GENTRY
Signed First Day Cover of a US air mail stamp honoring another woman pilot
First Day Cover signed: "Viola Gentry", 6x3½. First Day Cover signed: "Happy Landings!/Elisabeth Boselli", 6x3½. FDC in a US air mail series honoring US female aviator Blanche Stuart Scott. Cachet reproduces a French-language poster celebrating a 1909 air competition. Postmarked Hammondsport, New York, December 20, 1980, 28-cent stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Viola Gentry (1906-1959), the first female flyer in North Carolina, set a non-refueled endurance record for women of over 8 hours in 1927. The record was best by Bobby Trout the following year, and in 1929 Gentry suffered a crash and severe injury (and the death of her co-pilot) while attempting to reclaim the record. Gentry, a close friend of Amelia Earhart, remained an aviation advocate throughout her life. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise fine condition.


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