ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - HFSID 91403
Sale Price $1,360.00
ORVILLE WRIGHT and EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Comprises: (1) ORVILLE WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1947 December 4. Check No. 4440, drawn on The Winters Bank & Trust Co., payable to Mabel Beck for $62.70. Mid-vertical fold, not at signature. Show through from bank stamp on verso (not windowed to show verso) at the "ville" of Orville and underlines Wright. Bank stamps on front and cancellation holes, not affecting signature. Red pencil check mark to right of amount. Overall, fine condition. (2) EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Check signed: "E.V. Rickenbacker", 6x2¾. New York, N.Y., 1969 December 4. Check No. 2922, drawn on the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company, payable to Cash for $200.00. Bank stamps on verso (not windowed to show verso) lightly show through at the "E" and "R" of signature. Red check mark at upper right above date, ink smudges at lower right blank margin. Fine condition. 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: 29¾x21¾.
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