MAJOR GENERAL LEIGH WADE - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 297271
LEIGH WADE The aviator signs a First Day Cover honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Solo Transatlantic Flight. First Day Cover signed: "Leigh Wade/Maj Gen, USAF, retired/Member of the Forest/World
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The aviator signs a First Day Cover honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Solo Transatlantic Flight.
First Day Cover signed: "Leigh Wade/Maj Gen, USAF, retired/Member of the Forest/World Flight 1924" in blue ink, 6½x3¾, FDC honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Solo Transatlantic Flight, postmarked Roosevelt Field Stadium, New York, May 20, 1977, 13-cent U.S. Stamp affixed at top right, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. 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, 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, three years before writing this letter. Fine condition.
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