Scarce and exceptionally desirable 6.5 x 3.5 airmail envelope with a stamped cachet honoring National Aviation Day, flown in an aerial parade on December 17, 1934, to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Orville Wright’s first flight in a power-driven airplane, signed in fountain pen by 14 pioneers of flight: “Orville Wright,” “Amelia Earhart,” “C. E. Rosendahl,” “Clyde Pangborn,” “A.C. Read,” “C. Kingsford-Smith,” “Hubert Wilkins,” “R. E. Byrd,” “Frank Hawks,” “Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker,” “Captain Edwin Musick,” “Roscoe Turner,” “Lincoln Ellsworth,” “Dick Merrill,” and “H. V. Wiley.” The cover is displayed with a brown fabric swatch from Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B, removed from the plane while undergoing restoration at the Smithsonian and sold on limited edition prints; and a lighter beige swatch clipped from a larger piece of fabric certified by the Wright Brothers’ friend and employee Harvey D. Geyer and Ivonetta Wright Miller, daughter of the Wrights’ elder brother Lorin, as being ‘used by Orville and Wilbur Wright on 17 December 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.’ These are matted and framed together with two photos and an engraved plaque to an overall size of 24.5 x 23. In fine condition. An absolutely spectacular combination of signed and flown materials from the greatest names in the history of flight. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Orville Wright and Amelia Earhart flown cover and fabric