MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM "BILLY" MITCHELL - COLLECTION WITH COLONEL GREG "PAPPY" BOYINGTON, BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE, BRIGADIER GENERAL CHUCK YEAGER - HFSID 90154
WINGS OF WAR: BILLY MITCHELL, PAPPY BOYINGTON, JIMMY DOOLITTLE AND CHUCK YEAGER. Those magnificent men and their flying machines. Comprises: (1) Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Mr. F. Scanlon/with best regards/& eye of expectation of/Wm Mitchell", b/w, 8x10.
Sale Price $1,920.00
WINGS OF WAR: BILLY MITCHELL, PAPPY BOYINGTON, JIMMY DOOLITTLE AND CHUCK YEAGER.
Those magnificent men and their flying machines.
Comprises: (1) Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Mr. F. Scanlon/with best regards/& eye of expectation of/Wm Mitchell", b/w, 8x10. (2) Photograph signed: "Pappy Boyington", b/w, 7x9. (3) Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Louis Bemminger/With every good/wish./J.H. Doolittle", b/w, 8x10. (4) Photograph signed: "Chuck Yeager", b/w, 10x8. All in fine condition. When Wilbur and Orville Wright developed their first practical flying machine, they believed that their invention would maintain international peace. But their airplane would prove to be an instrument of destruction, and was such an effective weapon of war that General Billy Mitchell advocated special attention to military aviation. He did not live to see his goals fulfilled, but during World War II the airplane played an important role: JIMMY Doolittle's first bombing on Tokyo in 1942, the daring raids of "Pappy" Boyington's "Black Sheep Squadron" and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, were instrumental toward a rapid end to the war. The importance of aircraft proven, attention was focused on developing better and faster airplanes. In 1947, U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager made history as the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. His breaking of the "sound barrier" paved the way for commonplace supersonic flight, opening the door to space travel. Framed in Gallery of History style: 33x26¼.
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