ROSCOE TURNER - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LYNN UPSHUR STAMBAUGH - HFSID 47637
ROSCOE TURNER and LYNN UPSHUR STAMBAUGH. Signatures: "Roscoe Turner" and "Lynn U. Stambaugh/National Commander", 5¼x2¾, affixed to 6¾x4½ sheet. Picture postcard photograph of Turner with an airplane, b/w, 6¾x5, included.
Sale Price $270.00
ROSCOE TURNER and LYNN UPSHUR STAMBAUGH. Signatures: "Roscoe Turner" and "Lynn U. Stambaugh/National Commander", 5¼x2¾, affixed to 6¾x4½ sheet. Picture postcard photograph of Turner with an airplane, b/w, 6¾x5, included. The American Legion, a patriotic, mutual help, wartime veterans' organization chartered by Congress in 1919, has its international headquarters in Indianapolis, housing the office of the National Commander. LYNN UPSHUR STAMBAUGH (1890-1971), a veteran of WWI, had been elected National Commander of the American Legion in 1941 after serving as Commander of the North Dakota Legion since 1934. Before and after the outbreak of WWII, he headed the Legion's efforts in the war effort and directed civilian defense activities. Stambaugh, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1944, was appointed as the first Vice President and a member of the Board of the United States Export-Import Bank by President Harry Truman in 1945, serving until 1960. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, ROSCOE TURNER (1895-1970) was one of the biggest names in aviation. In 1929, he had helped organize Nevada Airlines, operating between Los Angeles, Reno and Las Vegas (the Governor of Nevada would bestow the title of "Colonel" on Turner). Turner then flew four passengers in his Lockheed from Los Angeles to New York, proving that transcontinental service was practical. Turner's other feats include setting speed records between Los Angeles and New York (and breaking more transcontinental records than any other pilot), winning the Bendix Transcontinental race in 1933 and winning the Thompson Trophy in 1934, 1938 and 1939. The only pilot to win the trophy three times, Turner and Jimmy Doolittle were the only two pilots to win both the Bendix race and the Thompson Trophy. In 1934, Turner won the Robertson Race from England to Australia. In 1952, Congress awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross to Turner, who had trained over 3,000 pilots in WWII. In 1975, five years after his death, Turner was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Mount lightly soiled. Chipped at upper edge. Two items. Overall, fine condition.
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