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A Photograph Signed By Pioneering Aviators Wiley Post And Harold Gatty In The Year They Circumnavigated The Globe
WILEY POST (1898-1935). An early pilot, Post was the first pilot to do a solo circumnavigation. Post was killed in an air crash along with Will Rogers. HAROLD GATTY (1903-1957). Gatty, an aviation pioneer, was known for his navigation skills. In 1931, he and pilot Wiley Post flew around the world in under nine days in a Lockheed Vega. PS. 8” x 5 ½”. 1931. Springfield, Massachusetts. A black and white photograph signed “Wiley Post” and “Harold Gatty”. It shows Post speaking at a microphone on a bunting draped platform. Gatty is shown off to the side along with five others. This was clearly during a celebration marking the successful around-the-world flight on which Post and Gatty shattered the record that had been established by the Graf Zeppelin. Their flight, leaving New York a month earlier than the date on this photo and returning on July 1st had made them popular heroes in a time infatuated with such adventures. There are notes in an unidentified hand on the back of this candid photo that provide the date and location. The photograph is slightly trimmed which has cost a portion of the notes, but otherwise it is mostly fine. The aviators are uncommon autographs together. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [United States]
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