A selection of autograph letters, signed photographs, historical documents and manuscripts authentically signed by various pioneer aviators, record breaking and famous pilots & other individuals associated with flight, which have previously come under the hammer with IAA. Many similar items are featured in our regular auctions and are available to bid on.
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NUNGESSER CHARLES: (1892-1927) French Fighter Ace of World War I, ranking third highest in the country with 43 air combat victories. Vintage signed 4½ x 7 magazine photograph, the image depicting the Bartholdi's statue Lafayette and Washington. Signed by Nungesser with his name alone, in bold blue fountain pen ink, to the upper left corner. A rare signature due to Nungesser's untimely death whilst attempting a non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.
JOHNSON AMY: (1903-1941) English Pioneer Aviatrix. Vintage signed sepia postcard photograph, the image depicting Johnson piloting her glider over the Shropshire countryside and the Long Mynd. Signed ('Amy Johnson') in bold blue fountain pen ink with her name alone across a light area of the image.
DE MEULEMEESTER ANDRE: (1894-1973) Belgian Fighter Ace of World War I, ranking second highest in the country with 11 air combat victories. Signed and annotated, 12mo, gummed label. Signed by De Meulemeester in black ink below the annotated 'to my friend', to a clear area within the label's red border. Together with a signed and annotated, 12mo, gummed label, stating, in blue ink 'The Commandant Andre De Meulemeester Escadrille No.1' in Demeulemeester's hand.
COPPENS WILLY: (1892-1986) Belgian Fighter Ace of World War I, ranking the highest in the country with 37 air combat victories. Signed and annotated colour 6½ x 8 photograph of Coppens, the image depicting an artist's portrait of Coppens wearing a World War I Air Force uniform with scenes of battle behind him, his name drawn to the upper right corner. Signed ('Willy Coppens de Houthulst') by Coppens in bold blue ink to the lower edge, and annotated 'Aviation Belge 1ere escadrille de chasse'.
THAW WILLIAM: (1893-1934) American Fighter Ace of World War I, ranking joint fifteenth highest in the country with 5 air combat victories, believed to be the first American to engage in aerial combat in the war. Bold black fountain pen ink signature ('Cordially yours Wm Thaw') and date, 24th November 1928, in his hand.
ROBINSON WILLIAM LEEFE: (1895-1918) British Flight Lieutenant of World War I, Victoria Cross winner for his actions in becoming the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship over Great Britain, 2/3rd September 1916. Rare ink signature ('W. L. Robinson') and date, 10th September 1916, in his hand. Autographs of Robinson are rare as a result of his tragically early death at the age of 23 after contracting Spanish flu, most likely due to his treatment as a prisoner of war.
MOORHOUSE WILIAM: (1887-1915) English Aviator. Victoria Cross winner for his actions against railway installations at Courtrai, Belgium, and as such became the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Vintage signed postcard photograph of Moorhouse seated in his Bleriot Monoplane. Signed in black fountain pen ink to the image and dated 1912 in his hand. A rare autograph due to Moorhouse's tragically early death at the age of 27 when he died as a result of wounds received in action.
AVIATION: An 8vo printed Carte du Jour dinner menu from The Progress Club in New York, 27th June 1930, individually signed to the front cover by the aviators Charles Kingsford Smith, Anthony Fokker and further signed by the three crew members who accompanied Kingsford Smith in the Southern Cross on an historic flight in 1930, comprising Evert van Dyk (co-pilot), Paddy Saul (Navigator) and John Stannage (Radio Operator).
WRIGHT & LAWRANCE: WRIGHT ORVILLE (1871-1948) American Aviator who, with his brother Wilbur, invented and built the world's first successful airplane, making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on 17th December 1903 & LAWRANCE CHARLES (1882-1950) American Aeronautical Engineer, an early proponent of air-cooled aircraft engines. A good vintage signed sepia photograph by both Wright and Lawrance individually.
HINKLER BERT: (1892-1933) Australian Pioneer Aviator, the first person to fly solo from England to Australia (1928) and also the first person to fly solo across the South Atlantic Ocean (1931). Scarce A.N.S., Bert, to the verso of a postcard photograph, the image depicting Henri Farman's Bi-plane New Type 32, n.p., 15th September 1918. Hinkler writes, in full, 'I've had a ride in one of these in Bailleul in Northern France, not a bad stunt either'. Autographs of Hinkler are scarce in any…
[LINDBERGH CHARLES]: (1902-1974) American Aviator who made the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 20th - 21st May 1927. An excellent vintage unsigned 11 x 9 sepia photograph depicting Lindbergh surrounded by a French delegation, the image taken a day after his landing at Paris - Le Bourget Airport, the culmination of his historic solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh is accompanied in the photograph by American Ambassador Myron T. Herrick.
VON BRAUN WERNHER: (1912-1977) German-American Rocket Scientist. T.L.S., Wernher von Braun, one page, 4to, n.p. (Huntsville, Alabama), 19th July 1955, to Mrs. Bonnie G. Holmes, on the printed memorandum stationery of the United Sates Government. Braun writes a letter of appreciation in his capacity as Chief of the Guided Missile Development Division.
CAMM SYDNEY: (1893-1966) English Aeronautical Engineer and Aircraft Designer, famous for the Hawker Hurricane fighter plane. A good vintage signed 6.5 x 5 photograph depicting the Hawker Hunter Prototype WB188 designed by Camm in flight over some clouds. Signed by Camm in blue fountain pen ink to a clear area of the image and dated 8th February 1954 in his hand. Rare.
JOHNSON AMY: (1903-1941) English Pioneer Aviatrix. A good vintage signed 8 x 5.5 photograph, the image depicting Johnson in a three quarter length pose happily emerging from the cockpit of her aircraft and being greeted by a gentleman, presumably her husband the aviator James Mollison. A little surprisingly Johnson is not wearing aviator's clothes. A crowd of onlookers can be seen to the right of the image which bears the credit stamp of Keystone to the verso. Signed ('Amy Mollison')