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BRIGADIER GENERAL MARTIN F. SCANLON - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: E. HAMILTON LEE, GLENN MESSER - HFSID 297248

EARLY BIRDS OF AVIATION Aviation pioneers Martin Scanlon, Glenn E. Messer and E. Hamilton Lee sign an envelope commemorating the final flight of Will Rogers and Wiley Post. Commemorative Envelope signed: "Martin Scanlon/Early Birds of Aviation", "Glenn E. Messer/Solo May 13 - 1911", "E. Hamilton Lee", 6½x3½.

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EARLY BIRDS OF AVIATION
Aviation pioneers Martin Scanlon, Glenn E. Messer and E. Hamilton Lee sign an envelope commemorating the final flight of Will Rogers and Wiley Post.
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Martin Scanlon/Early Birds of Aviation", "Glenn E. Messer/Solo May 13 - 1911", "E. Hamilton Lee", 6½x3½. Ink stamp cachet showing the Barrow, Alaska monument to Will Rogers and Wiley Post, killed when their airplane crashed there on August 15, 1935, postmarked Venpex Station, Oxnard, California, September 8, 1979, 15-cent US flag stamp affixed. The Early Birds of Aviation was a club founded in 1928, open to those who had flown a glider, gas balloon or aircraft prior to December 17, 1916. The last of the 598 members died in 1998, but the organization has been kept alive to research the history of early aviation and to identify other flyers who might have qualified for membership. MARTIN F. SCANLON (1889-1979), who made his first flight in 1912, spent most of his service career in the army air corps and newly formed Air Force, serving as a pilot in France during the closing days of World War I. Between 1924 and 1942, he alternated between flying commands and duties as a military attaché at the U.S. embassies in Rome and London, serving in the latter capacity during the aerial Battle of Britain. During this period he reached the wartime grade of Brigadier General. After an unannounced overseas assignment in 1942, he took command of the 38th Flying Training Wing, Roswell, New Mexico. He retired in 1948. GLENN MESSER (1895-1995) learned to fly on a Wright biplane in 1911, and founded a stunt "flying circus" in 1920. He later founded Southern Aviation, creator of the Air Boss plane, and established Messer Field in Birmingham, Alabama. E. HAMILTON LEE (1892-1994) made his first flight in 1913. He trained US military pilots during World War I, and afterwards joined the Air Mail Service. He became a commercial pilot in 1927, and was United Airlines' most senior pilot at his 1949 retirement. Fine condition.

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