Scarce and impressive flown commemorative airmail postal cover, 9.5 x 4, carried by Hughes on his triumphant 1938 around-the-world flight. The cover, issued in conjunction with the 1939 New York World’s Fair, bears several postage stamps, postmarks, and rubber stamps indicating the primary stops on the record-setting journey: Paris, Moscow, Omsk, Yakutsk, Fairbanks, Minneapolis, and the final destination, New York City. The front of the envelope has been nicely signed in fountain pen by Hughes, and also signed by his co-pilot Harry Connor. Accompanied by a flown printed fabric 11.75 x 8 American flag. In fine condition. By this time, Hughes had become a record-breaking pilot and a national hero, and aircraft (and later, entire airlines) would remain his primary obsession for the next several decades. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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