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COLONEL GREG "PAPPY" BOYINGTON - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN GLENN, ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE, BRIGADIER GENERAL CHUCK YEAGER, GENERAL IRA C. EAKER, GENERAL CURTIS E. LEMAY - HFSID 65890

 

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Aviators salute Glenn Curtiss.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "J.H. Doolittle", "Pappy Boyington", "John Glenn", "Paul W. Tibbets", "Ira C. Eaker", "Curtis E. LeMay" and "Chuck Yeager", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring aircraft designer and manufacturer Glenn Curtiss (1878-1930), 35-cent airmail stamp affixed, postmarked Hammondsport, NY, December 30, 1980, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. GLENN CURTISS became involved with Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) in 1907. The postmark, Hammondsport, New York, was the site of Curtiss' aircraft factory where the JN-4 was built, tested and manufactured. The JN-4, commonly called the Jenny, was used as a trainer in World War I. Major General JAMES H. DOOLITTLE led an air raid on Tokyo, the first American offensive blow in the Pacific in World War II. Doolittle was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Silver Star. GREGORY "PAPPY" BOYINGTON, leader of the Black Sheep Squadron of the Flying Tigers in China, was the fourth highest ranking U.S. World War II Ace with 28 victories. He was awarded the Navy Cross and the Congressional Medal of Honor. JOHN GLENN was selected as one of the original U.S. astronauts in April 1959 by NASA. He was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth. PAUL W. TIBBETS was the Air Force Officer in Charge of employing the atomic bomb during World War II. He piloted the Enola Gay that deployed the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, and the Nagasaki mission that came three days later. Record-setting aviator IRA C. EAKER's aviation records include a 150-hour, 40-minute, 15-second endurance flight in the Fokker Question Mark, and the first instruments only transcontinental flight. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Congressional Gold Medal. Bombardier strategist CURTIS E. LeMAY formulated advanced bomber tactics as a division Commander. The combat box formation and pattern bombing are attributed to his development. CHUCK YEAGER was the first to travel faster than sound when he broke the sonic barrier for the first time on October 14, 1947. A fighter pilot and U.S. Air Force test pilot, he flew the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis with four rocket engines above 37,000 feet to a speed of Mach 1,015 (670 mph). Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 38½x30.


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COLONEL GREG BOYINGTON   BRIGADIER GENERAL PAUL W. TIBBETS   BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. DOOLITTLE   BRIGADIER GENERAL CHUCK YEAGER   GENERAL IRA C. EAKER   GENERAL CURTIS E. LEMAY   JOHN GLENN  


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COLONEL GREG BOYINGTON
Born: December 4, 1912 in Coeur DóAlene, Idaho
Died: January 11, 1988 in Fresno, California


Film Credits
1977-1978 Black Sheep Squadron (Performer), 1976-1978 Black Sheep Squadron (Other), 1976 Black Sheep Squadron (Writer), 1963 The Lieutenant (Performer), 1959 Shotgun Slade (Performer), 1958 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1957 To Tell the Truth (in person)


BRIGADIER GENERAL PAUL W. TIBBETS
Born: February 23, 1915 in Quincy, Illinois
Died: November 1, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio




Film Credits
2012 Missions That Changed the War (Other), 2011 Democracy Now! (Other), 2005 X Day: The Invasion of Japan (Other), 2005 The Last Days of World War II (Other), 2005 Hiroshima (in person), 2002 Price for Peace (in person), 2002 Modern Marvels (in person), 2001 Moments of Truth with Stephen Ambrose (in person), 2001 Heaven on Earth (in person), 1999 The American Experience (in person), 1995 Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (Other), 1995 Men Who Brought the Dawn (in person), 1995 Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan (Other), 1982 The Atomic Cafe (Other), 1974 The World at War (in person), 1962 V Was for Victory (Other)


BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. DOOLITTLE
Born: December 14, 1896 in Alameda, California
Died: September 27, 1993 in Pebble Beach, California




Film Credits
2009 Apocalypse: The Second World War (Other), 2008 Great Planes (Other), 2006 Pritzker Military Library Presents (Other), 2005 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 2003 Failure Is Not an Option (Other), 2002 A Man Called Jones: The Real Virgil Hilts (Other), 2001 History Undercover: One Hour Over Tokyo (Other), 1994 D-Day, 6th June 1944: The Official Story (Other), 1973 The World at War (in person), 1973 The 45th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1960 The Twentieth Century (in person), 1956 Air Power (in person), 1955 Person to Person (in person), 1945 Army Air Forces - Pacific (in person), 1944 Tunisian Victory (Other), 1944 Attack in the Pacific (Other)


BRIGADIER GENERAL CHUCK YEAGER
Born: February 13, 1923 in Myra, West Virginia



Film Credits
2009 The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club (in person), 2007 Nova (Other), 2005 Thunder in the Desert (in person), 2004 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 2003 The Real Men with 'The Right Stuff' (in person), 2003 Realizing 'The Right Stuff' (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (Other), 2002 Rocket Science (in person), 1989 Presidential Inaugural Gala (in person), 1987 Good Morning America (in person), 1986 Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (in person), 1985 Spaceflight (in person), 1985 Flying Without Fear (Performer), 1984 Speed (Other), 1983 The Right Stuff (Performer), 1983 The Right Stuff (Other), 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II (Performer), 1966 I Dream of Jeannie (in person), 1964 What's My Line (in person), 1957 Jet Pilot (Stunt work), 1953 Goodyear Playhouse (Performer)


GENERAL IRA C. EAKER
Born: April 13, 1896 in Field Creek, Texas
Died: August 6, 1987 in Camp Springs, Maryland




Film Credits
1974 The World at War (in person), 1944 The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (in person)


GENERAL CURTIS E. LEMAY
Born: November 15, 1906 in Columbus, Ohio
Died: October 1, 1990 in Riverside County, California





JOHN GLENN
Born: July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio
Died: December 8, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio


John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired)
NASA Astronaut (Former)

PERSONAL DATA: Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. Married to the former Anna Margaret Castor of New Concord, Ohio. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

EDUCATION: Glenn attended primary and secondary schools in New Concord, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College in New Concord and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Muskingum College also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree in engineering. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from nine colleges or universities.

SPECIAL HONORS: Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters for his service during World War II and Korea. Glenn also holds the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Korea, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy's Astronaut Wings, the Marine Corps' Astronaut Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

EXPERIENCE: He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in March 1942 and was graduated from this program and commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1943. After advanced training, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 155 and spent a year flying F-4U fighters in the Marshall Islands.

During his World War II service, he flew 59 combat missions. After the war, he was a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and served on Guam. From June 1948 to December 1950 Glenn was an instructor in advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended Amphibious Warfare Training at Quantico, Virginia. In Korea he flew 63 missions with Marine Fighter Squadron 311. As an exchange pilot with the Air Force Glenn flew 27 missions in the in F-86 Sabrejet. In the last nine days of fighting in Korea Glenn downed three MIG's in combat along the Yalu River.

After Korea, Glenn attended Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he was project officer on a number of aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) in Washington from November 1956 to April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.

In July 1957, while project officer of the F8U Crusader, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, spanning the country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. This was the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed. Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Glenn was assigned to the NASA Space Task Group at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, in April 1959 after his selection as a Project Mercury Astronaut. The Space Task Group was moved to Houston and became part of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in 1962. Glenn flew on Mercury-6 (February 20, 1962) and STS-95 (October 29 to November 7, 1998), and has logged over 218 hours in space. Prior to his first flight, Glenn had served as backup pilot for Astronauts Shepard and Grissom. When astronauts were given special assignments to ensure pilot input into the design and development of spacecraft, Glenn specialized in cockpit layout and control functioning, including some of the early designs for the Apollo Project. Glenn resigned from the Manned Spacecraft Center on January 16, 1964. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in October 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. He was a business executive from 1965 until his election to the United States Senate in November 1974. Glenn retired from the U.S. Senate in January 1999.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

STS-95 Discovery (October 29 to November 7, 1998) was a 9-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and investigations on space flight and the aging process. The mission was accomplished in 134 Earth orbits, traveling 3.6 million miles in 213 hours and 44 minutes.



Film Credits
2014 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Other), 2014 The Sixties (Other), 2013 John Glenn: A Life of Service (in person), 2012 The Astronomer (Other), 2011 Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (Other), 2009 The 23rd Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards (in person), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (in person), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Other), 2008 Swing State (in person), 2007 Mars Rising (Other), 2006 The First Miracle: 1960 US Olympic Hockey Team (Other), 2006 Challenger: The Untold Story (Other), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 2005 Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 2 (Other), 2004 I Love the '90s (Other), 2003 Save Our History (in person), 2003 Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (in person), 2003 Failure Is Not an Option (Other), 2001 Modern Marvels (Other), 2001 Korean War Stories (in person), 2001 Frasier (Performer), 2001 50 Years of NBC Late Night (in person), 2000 The Dish (Other), 2000 The American President (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1999 Viden om (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (in person), 1999 The 71st Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1998-1999 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1998 Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch (in person), 1998 John Glenn: American Hero (in person), 1998 Cold War (in person), 1997 Cronkite Remembers (Other), 1996-2003 Biography (in person), 1994 Star Trek: A Captain's Log (Other), 1994 Moon Shot (in person), 1994 Houston, We've Got a Problem (Other), 1993 The Tribute: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & Skylab (in person), 1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (Other), 1989 11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (Other), 1988 Korea: The Unknown War (in person), 1987 Future Flight (in person), 1986 CNN Prime News (in person), 1985 Spaceflight (in person), 1984 Samantha Smith Goes to Washington: Campaign '84 (in person), 1972 Here Comes Tomorrow: The Fear Fighters (in person), 1970 The David Frost Show (in person), 1968 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1968 On the Trail of Stanley and Livingstone (in person), 1965 John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (Other), 1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (Other), 1953 Name That Tune (in person)


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