BRUNO POELKE - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CIRCA 1971 - HFSID 147223
BRUNO POELKE Extremely rare signature from the German flight pioneer called the "eagle from Kuhwald", written on an envelope honoring UK flight Commemorative envelope signed: "Bruno Poelke.", in black ink, 6½x4¼.
Sale Price $162.00
Extremely rare signature from the German flight pioneer called the "eagle from Kuhwald", written on an envelope honoring UK flight
Commemorative envelope signed: "Bruno Poelke.", in black ink, 6½x4¼. Commemorative envelope honoring the Royal Air Force and the 60th Anniversary of the First UK Aerial Post. Accompanied by unsigned black and white photographs of Poelke. Called the "eagle from Kuhwald", Bruno Poelke (1883-1975) was to Germany what Wilbur and Orville Wright were to America, making several pioneering flight attempts during the early 1900s. First beginning with gliders much in the same style of the Wright's brothers, Poelke got his first gravity defying experience in 1900, though his flight was short lived. He continued to experiment through the years, making his first powered flight in 1909, reaching a height of six meters. One year later, he designed and his own gliding bi-plane. As an expert on the newly seized technology of flight, Poelke was one of the first flight instructors for German military, and even flew himself as an infantry pilot in World War I. He was well respected in the aviation world, receiving accolades from local figures, and even met with Neil Armstrong in Germany after his successful moon mission. He continued to flight late into his life, supposedly until 1973, just two years before his death. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Ink stamp on verso. Toned on bottom right corner. Corners slightly worn. Lightly toned. Ink stamp. Otherwise, fine condition.
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