ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - HFSID 91400
ORVILLE WRIGHT and EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Comprises: (1) ORVILLE WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1937 November 11. Check No. 1731, drawn on The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to U.S. Air Services for $3. Lightly creased, vertical crease at the "i" of Orville.
Sale Price $2,240.00
ORVILLE WRIGHT and EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Comprises: (1) ORVILLE WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1937 November 11. Check No. 1731, drawn on The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to U.S. Air Services for $3. Lightly creased, vertical crease at the "i" of Orville. Bank stamps and cancellation holes, not at signature. Slightly soiled. Staple holes at upper left corner, light check mark near amount. Overall, fine condition. (2) EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Check signed: "E.V. Rickenbacker", 6¼x2¾. New York City, 1969 November 11. Check No. 2899, drawn on his personal account at Chemical Bank New York Trust Co., payable to Burrelle's Press Clipping Bureau for $42.74. Folds, vertical fold at the "r" in Rickenbacker. Bank stamp touches the "E". Slightly soiled. Ink notes (unknown hand) at upper margin. Overall, fine condition. Checks signed by two aviation pioneers (who had both been involved in WWI) on Armistice Day, 32 years apart. The year after Wright's check was signed, Armistice Day became a national holiday. Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of the fighting in WWI at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, and had been officially recognized by Congress in 1926. The day of remembrance was renamed Veterans' Day in 1954. Along with his brother, Wilbur (1867-1912), ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) designed and built the first motor-powered airplane and conducted its first successful flight on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The historic flight of the 12-horsepower biplane, Flyer, covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. In May 1905, the Wright brothers began construction of Flyer III, the first practical airplane that could be maneuvered to turn, bank, circle and fly figure eights. They were granted the first U.S. patent for their flying machine in May 1906. Following Wilbur's death in 1912, Orville became President of the Wright Company and continued as a pioneer in the aviation industry. During WWI (1914-1918), he was a consultant to the Aviation Service of the Army Signal Corps. America's greatest Ace during WWI, Captain EDWARD VERNON RICKENBACKER (1890-1973) commanded the famed 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron. He downed 26 enemy aircraft, becoming America's "Ace of Aces", and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the War, the former auto racer developed his own auto manufacturing company, the Rickenbacker Motor Company (1922-1927), and he would later manage and then own the Indianapolis Speedway and Eastern Airlines. Rickenbacker, who battled Germany's Red Baron Flying Circus and survived a 1941 commercial airline crash, cheated death once again during WWII. Acting as Special Consultant to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, "Rick" was aboard a B-17-D "Flying Fortress" when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean. From October 21 until November 13, 1942, the survivors of the eight-man crew floated in three small lifeboats in the shark-infested waters until their rescue. Rickenbacker detailed the ordeal in his book, Seven Came Through (1943). Two items. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 29¾x22.
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