JAMES MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER FITZMAURICE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 05/19/1930 - HFSID 176711
JAMES MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER FITZMAURICE
The Colonel who was a member of the crew of the Bremen, which made the first successful Trans-Atlantic aircraft flight from East to West, pens this encouraging note to an admirer, signed in iron gall ink
Autograph Note Signed: "To Eleanor Scanben/'Keep on Flying'/Jas C. Fitzmaurice/Colonel/New York/New York 19-5-30" in iron gall ink. 5x4½. Affixed on verso is a printed captioned photograph of Fitzmaurice: "Colonel James Fitzmaurice, who made the westward flight in the airplane 'Bremen,' just before he started off on his first attempt at motorless flying in a glider, at Massapequa, N.Y.-Wide World Photo." Irish pilot James Michael Chistopher Fitzmaurice (1898-1965) was determined to cross the Atlantic on an east-west flight, which was considerably more difficult at the time than crossing west to east as Lindbergh had done 11 months earlier. On April 12, 1928, Fitzmaurice, Bavarian Captain Hermann Koehl and Baron Guenther von Huenfeld took off from Baldonnel, Ireland aboard the Bremen, an all-metal Junkers monoplane. On April 13, 1928, they landed on the frozen surface of a small lake in Greenly Island in the Strait of Belle Isle on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, between Labrador and Newfoundland. The Bremen had made its historic flight in 36 hours and two minutes. Ink notations on front (unknown hand). Vertical fold between the "z" and "m" in signature. Lightly creased from mounted image on verso. Shaded lower edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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