VIN FIZ (TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT) - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED CIRCA 1911 - HFSID 265830
Sale Price $1,020.00
VIN FIZ: FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT. Fabric, unsigned. Wing fabric, 2x2, from the historic plane, affixed to a 15x10 poster with photograph (b/w with reddish hue, 10x8) of the Vin Fiz in flight. Printed caption, in full: "Wright Ex 'Vin Fiz'/Pilot: Calbraith Perry Rodgers/[fabric mounted here]/Original Fabric/The 'Vin Fiz' made the first U.S. transcontinental flight in 1911 taking off from Sheepshead Bay, Long/Island, New York on September 17 and landing in Pasadena, California on November 5. Calbraith Perry/Rodgers covered the 6953 kilometers (4321 miles) in 82 hours and 2 minutes flying time at an average speed/of 84 kilometers per hour (52 miles per hour) with seventy landings en route. The 'Vin Fiz' is part of the/Collection of the National Air and Space Museum." Calbraith Perry Rodgers (1879-1912), a descendent of famed U.S. naval commanders Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Perry, had spent far more hours as a motorcycle racer than as aviator before beginning this historic flight. He was sponsored by Vin Fiz, a grape soft drink, hence the name of his aircraft, a 35-horsepower Wright Ex biplane. Rodgers' wife and support team followed the flight by train, a necessity since he crashed 19 times and needed many repairs on the journey. Rodgers died in a plane crash the following year. This wing section was removed from the plane when it was reconditioned in 1960 in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the flight. Fine condition. Accompanied by 2-page essay on the flight published by the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. and a Certificate of Authenticity from the Smithsonian. Two items.
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