FRANK M. HAWKS - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 180973
Sale Price $126.00
FRANK M. HAWKS
Signature of the pilot who gave Amelia Earhart her first airplane ride
Signature: "Frank Hawks", 6¼x3¼. Frank Monroe Hawks (1897-1938), a US Army flight instructor during World War I, took to barnstorming after the war. In 1929 Captain Hawks (an army reservist) established a record roundtrip flight between New York and California. In 1930, he made the first transcontinental flight in a glider towed by an airplane. The Texaco Eaglet took off from San Diego on March 30, 1931 and landed in Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx, New York eight days later. On June 2, 1933, Hawks set a west-east nonstop record in his Northrop Gamma, flying from Los Angeles to Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 13 hours, 26 minutes and 15 seconds, aboard his Texaco Sky Chief, which gave its name of Texaco's premium gasoline. Hawks was a personal friend of the most famous aviators of his era, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Amelia Earhart, having given Earhart her first airplane ride in 1920. Hawks starred in a radio series, Hawk's Trail, and in a film serial, The Mysterious Pilot (1937). He was killed in a plane crash on August 23, 1938, fulfilling his prediction that he would die in an airplane. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.
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