MAJOR EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 152151
Sale Price $765.00
Eddie Rickenbacker signs a first day cover honoring the U.S. Air Mail postcard.
First Day Cover signed: "Capt Eddie Rickenbacker", 5½x3¼. First Day Cover for the 5-cent U.S. Air Mail postcard, imprinted 5-cent Air Mail postage, postmarked Minneapolis, Minn., June 18, 1960, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Issued the year after Rickenbacker had retired from executive positions with Eastern Airlines. 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. "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. Slightly soiled. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 20½x17.
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