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HistoryForSaletm Autographs & ManuscriptsMake an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response!Take a Look at This Week's Specials!ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - HFSID 91400 ORVILLE WRIGHT and EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Comprises: (1) ORVILLE WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1937 November 11. Check No. 1731, drawn on The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to U.S. Air Services for $3. Lightly creased, vertical crease at the "i" of Orville. Bank stamps and cancellation holes, not at signature. Slightly soiled. Staple holes at upper left corner, light check mark near amount. Overall, fine condition. (2) EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Check signed: "E.V. Rickenbacker", 6¼x2¾. New York City, 1969 November 11. Check No. 2899, drawn on his personal account at Chemical Bank New York Trust Co., payable to Burrelle's Press Clipping Bureau for $42.74. Folds, vertical fold at the "r" in Rickenbacker. Bank stamp touches the "E". Slightly soiled. Ink notes (unknown hand) at upper margin. Overall, fine condition. Checks signed by two aviation pioneers (who had both been involved in WWI) on Armistice Day, 32 years apart. The year after Wright's check was signed, Armistice Day became a national holiday. Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of the fighting in WWI at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, and had been officially recognized by Congress in 1926. The day of remembrance was renamed Veterans' Day in 1954. Along with his brother, Wilbur (1867-1912), ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) designed and built the first motor-powered airplane and conducted its first successful flight on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The historic flight of the 12-horsepower biplane, Flyer, covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. In May 1905, the Wright brothers began construction of Flyer III, the first practical airplane that could be maneuvered to turn, bank, circle and fly figure eights. They were granted the first U.S. patent for their flying machine in May 1906. Following Wilbur's death in 1912, Orville became President of the Wright Company and continued as a pioneer in the aviation industry. During WWI (1914-1918), he was a consultant to the Aviation Service of the Army Signal Corps. America's greatest Ace during WWI, Captain EDWARD VERNON RICKENBACKER (1890-1973) commanded the famed 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron. He downed 26 enemy aircraft, becoming America's "Ace of Aces", and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the War, the former auto racer developed his own auto manufacturing company, the Rickenbacker Motor Company (1922-1927), and he would later manage and then own the Indianapolis Speedway and Eastern Airlines. Rickenbacker, who battled Germany's Red Baron Flying Circus and survived a 1941 commercial airline crash, cheated death once again during WWII. Acting as Special Consultant to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, "Rick" was aboard a B-17-D "Flying Fortress" when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean. From October 21 until November 13, 1942, the survivors of the eight-man crew floated in three small lifeboats in the shark-infested waters until their rescue. Rickenbacker detailed the ordeal in his book, Seven Came Through (1943). Two items. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 29¾x22.

See more material from these signers:ORVILLE WRIGHT MAJOR EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER See more listings in our AVIATION & SPACE (1,335) category.
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click main images to see larger versionsImages shown may contain our company watermark. The actual document does not contain this watermarkCertificate of AuthenticityThis item has been authenticated and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by our parent company, Gallery of History, Inc. We financially stand behind our COA. Our commitment to authenticity and customer satisfaction are the reasons why we've been able to stay in business for so long (since 1981)! Ask us about our PSA/DNA and JSA authentication guarantee.Make an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response!
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Our Third & Best Handbook - The One You Want On Historical Documents!Enhance your collecting experience. Add this definitive guide to historical documents to your autograph purchase. For the experienced and novice collector and for those who just love learning history this beautiful 253-page hardcover volume is for you! For more information visit our store and select the Autograph Handbook category or click here.Take a look at over 35,000 other listings in these categories:Actors & Actresses | Art & Architecture | Authors | Aviation & Space | Business & Finance | Explorers & Western Americana | Foriegn Leaders | Law & Order | Military | Music & Performers | Presidential | Religion & Humanitarians | Royalty | Science & Medicine | Sports | Supreme Court | U.S. Politicians and This Week's SpecialsGallery of History is the world's largest dealer of authentic autographs and manuscripts. Our inventory contains documents in all areas of interest including presidents, royalty, military, aviation, religion, business, science, celebrities, sports, music, authors and more. Whether looking to add to your collection, acquire a unique centerpiece for the home or office, or as a truly one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, you'll find it here at HistoryForSale. Contact us today and let us assist you in finding that perfect piece.
The Gallery of History, founded in 1981, is a long-standing UACC Registered Dealer, #RD110, and is a long-standing member of the Manuscript Society.

HistoryForSaletm: Gallery of History through HistoryForSale provides users the ability to offer on and purchase from an inventory which has been collected over an amazing 49-year period. The Gallery of History is the largest dealer in the world with an available inventory that exceeds 230,000 rare autographs and manuscripts.
Preserving historical documents is important to us. Your purchase comes to you appropriately protected. Our unframed items are sent to you either in acid-free archival sleeves or have been encapsulated when noted. The majority of our in-house framed items are encapsulated in acid free sleeves to guard against organic acids, mounted in an acid-free enviroment and are framed behind glass or UF3-AR Plexiglas which blocks out most ultraviolet light.
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