LT. COLONEL BENJAMIN MENDEZ REY - STAMP(S) SIGNED - HFSID 322570
Sale Price $108.00
LT. COL. BENJAMIN MENDEZ REY
Colombian Air Force pilot signs a stamp honoring his flight from Bogota to Quito on June 4, 1936.
Stamp signed: "Benjamin Mendez Rey", 3½x2½ (stamp 1½x1). Colombian Postage Stamp honoring his 1936 flight to Bogota to Quito. Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Mendez Rey (1889-?), inspired by pilot Charles Lindbergh, took flight from New York to Bogota on January 2, 1929. He earned $20,000 sponsorship from the Colombian government to purchase his airplane, Ricuarte, which would be the first of two airplanes he flew on the trip. A bumpy journey delayed with engineering complications and poor weather, Rey finally landed in Bogota after 42 days in the air and two airplanes. He continued to make adventurous flights around the world, including his 1936 flight from Bogota to Quito (as shown here).Near the end of his career he broke the speed record between Caracas and Bogota which had also been set by Lindbergh years earlier. Fine condition.
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