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GENERAL BERNARD A. SCHRIEVER - COMMEMORATIVE SHEET WITH FIRST DAY CANCELLATION CIRCA 1978 - HFSID 225204

BERNARD SCHRIEVER. Commemorative Sheet signed: "B.A. Schriever/Gen USAF (ret)", 1p, 8½x11. Reproduction of the first page of the "Virginian-Pilot.", December 18, 1903 issue, 31-cent Wright Brothers stamp affixed, postmarked Dayton, OH, September 23, 1978, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE.

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Condition: slightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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BERNARD SCHRIEVER. Commemorative Sheet signed: "B.A. Schriever/Gen USAF (ret)", 1p, 8½x11. Reproduction of the first page of the "Virginian-Pilot.", December 18, 1903 issue, 31-cent Wright Brothers stamp affixed, postmarked Dayton, OH, September 23, 1978, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. The headline from the Norfolk, Virginia paper reads: "Flying Machine Soars 3 Miles in Teeth of High Wind Over Sand Hills and Waves at Kitty Hawk on Carolina Coast". German-born General Bernard A. Schriever (1910-2005) is best known for overseeing the Air Force's development of the intercontinental ballistic missiles and rockets that ushered in the space age. Schriever, who became an American citizen in 1923, flew mail missions for the Air Corps before flying 63 combat missions as a B-17 pilot in the South Pacific during WWII. Assigned to the Pentagon after the war, Schriever was the leading missile officer for the Air Force from the mid-1950s into the 1960s. He was Commander of the Air Force Western Development Division that developed the I.C.B.M. and then headed the Ballistic Missile Division of the Air Research and Development Command before becoming Chief of the Air Force Systems Command. Schriever's duties included overseeing the research and development of the Atlas, Titan, Thor and Minuteman missiles. Schriever, who retired as a four-star general in 1966, was married to singer Joni James at the time of his death at age 94. Ink blot at the "A" and "Sc" of signature. Slightly creased. Fine condition.

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