RALPH S. BARNABY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 297182
Sale Price $252.00
RALPH S. BARNABY
Shown creating a model glider in this 11x8½ printed black and white photograph.
Printed Photograph signed: "Happy Landings!/ Ralph S. Barnaby/Captain, USN, Retired", B/w 11x8½. Ralph S. Barnaby (1883-1986), who was named an "elder statesman of aviation" by the National Aeronautic Association, designed, built and flew his first "hang-type" glider in 1909 at age 16. In 1930, Barnaby, who held glider pilot's license #1 and was a member of the "Early Birds" (pilots who received their flying licenses before 1916), made aviation history when his glider was launched from a plane some 3,000 feet above Los Angeles. Twenty years later, he was the Captain of the U.S. team in the first world soaring championship, held in Sweden in 1950. A founder of the Soaring Society of America, Barnaby also wrote a number of books on gliding. Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1917-1947, he was an advocate that every pilot should receive glider training, pointing out that even the X-15 became a glider when its fuel was spent. Two horizontal and one vertical fold. Creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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