Lot #385
Orville Wright

Wright meets nine young fliers nearing the end of their 20,000-mile air tour of America
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Wright meets nine young fliers nearing the end of their 20,000-mile air tour of America

Vintage glossy 9.75 x 8 photo of Wright meeting with nine young pilots known as the ‘Sky Fleet,’ signed in ink by all pictured, with Wright signing diagonally in the center below his image. Among the other signers are “Lt. Sheldon B. Yoder,” “Lieut. A. F. Kalberer,” “Lieut. A. C. Lybarger,” “Lieut. Horace J. Reid,” “Lieut. J. S. B. Harvey,” and “E. E. Seward.” In very good condition, with a tear to top edge, a crease to lower right, a stain to left edge, and scattered overall creasing.

Sponsored by the General Tire and Rubber Company, a group of nine young pilots dubbed the ‘Sky Fleet’ set out on a nationwide tour in 1929 to promote commercial aviation. At the tail end of their five-month, 20,000-mile air tour, the squadron of army pilots descended upon Orville Wright’s Dayton-based research laboratory for a brief layover. Despite having met President Hoover and several of the nation’s top leaders, the majority of the fliers professed that their proudest moment was speaking with Wright, the man who started the industry in which they were engaged. A one-of-a-kind image from a historic moment in early aviation. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs And Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #479 - Ended July 13, 2016

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