REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/22/1927 - HFSID 257597
Sale Price $337.50
Typed Letter signed at Roosevelt Field, Long Island on June 22, 1927, one week before he took off from there on the second successful non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
Typed Letter signed: "R. E. Byrd", 1 page, 8x10. Roosevelt Field, Long Island (NY), 1927 June 22. To Mr. R. Hoffman, Hanover, Pennsylvania. In full: "It gives me pleasure to send you my autograph. Sincerely yours". Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) made the first of his four expeditions to Antarctica between 1928 and 1930, during which time he established the "Little America" base. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett had claimed the first over-flight of the North Pole in 1926, but modern aviation historians are skeptical that they reached the Pole. When he signed this letter, Byrd was preparing to make the second successful non-stop flight over the Atlantic. He had intended to make the first such flight, but a crash during a practice take-off in early May (and serious injury to his co-pilot) delayed the flight until June 29, nearly 6 weeks after Charles Lindbergh had achieved this goal, taking off from the same Roosevelt Field. Subsequent Antarctic expeditions were made between 1933 and 1935 and between 1939 and 1941. Byrd detailed his adventures in books and on the lecture circuit following his returns to the U.S. Proceeds from his books and talks were used to finance additional expeditions, which continued through 1956. Byrd, who discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains, was given the honorary title, "Mayor of Antarctica". Richard Byrd was the brother of Virginia Governor and Senator Harry F. Byrd. Normal mailing folds. 3 filing notches at left edge. Creased and soiled. Lower left margin stained. Top right corner notched. Otherwise, fine condition.
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