MAJOR EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 85082
Sale Price $510.00
Eddie Rickenbacker signs a commemorative envelope for the dedication flight Blue Grass Field in Lexington, Kentucky.
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Capt Eddie Rickenbacker", 6¼x3½. Stamped cachet for "Dedication Flight/Blue Grass Field/'Air Crossroads of Kentucky'/Municipal Airport/Lexington, Kentucky/November 10, 1946", 5-cent Air Mail stamp affixed, postmarked Lexington, Kentucky, November 10, 1946. Captain Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890-1973) had joined North American Aviation, the parent company of Eastern in 1933 and became its General Manager in 1935, expanding its shipping and travel services. Rickenbacker purchased Eastern in March 1938 and became its President the following month. He remained in Chief Executive positions until his retirement in 1959. "Rick" had attained recognition as a race car driver before commanding the famed 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron during WWI. He downed 26 enemy aircraft, becoming America's greatest Ace and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war, Rickenbacker promoted commercial air travel and the advancement of air power for the U.S. military. During WWII, he was a special representative in the inspection of air bases in the Pacific. Addressed in unknown hand at middle. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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