MAJOR GENERAL LEIGH WADE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/13/1930 - HFSID 321811
MAJOR GENERAL LEIGH WADE
Brief handwritten letter mentioning two colleges which awarded him honorary degrees: Tufts and Norwich.
Autograph Letter signed: "Leigh Wade", 1 page, 8½x11. Buffalo, New York, 1930 October 13. On letterhead of Fleet Aircraft, Inc. to "Dear friend 'Bis'", in full: "Sorry not to have included all info. There are 2 schools to mention. Tufts College of Boston; Norwich University of Northfield, Vermont. Best wishes. Sincerely". Leigh Wade (1897-1991), a pioneer aviator who became a Major General in the U.S. Air Force, is best known for his participation in the first around-the-world airplane flight. Wade was one of eight aviators who took off in four 2-winged single-engine Douglas aircraft from Seattle on a 175-day mission that would involve 363 hours of flying time and stops in two dozen countries. Wade was at the controls of the Boston on the historic flight, which was divided into 73 segments of up to 830 miles each. En route from Iceland, the Boston developed mechanical problems and went down in the North Atlantic. Although Wade and his co-pilot were rescued, the plane was a loss (the second of the original four planes not able to finish the flight), but Wade was able to resume the flight from Nova Scotia in the Boston II. Wade, who became a test pilot in the 1920s and an aircraft sales executive in the 1930s, was back in uniform in WWII, serving in intelligence and commanding an air base in Cuba. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1955. Wade received honorary Master of Science degrees from Tufts College (now Tufts University) and Norwich University. Normal mailing folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Light surface creases. Staple holes in top left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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