Rare Aero Co. Grouping 1911 Ww1 Mechanic Curtiss Biplane Uniform Photos Papers
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Rare Aero Co. Grouping 1911 Ww1 Mechanic Curtiss Biplane Uniform Photos Papers:
1911 Aero Squadron Mechanic Flyer GroupingThis grouping was obtained from Mr. R.'s estate over 10 years ago.
This is a very historic grouping from the early days of military aviation.
This sort of group only comes up once or twice in a lifetime.
According to his Honorable Discharge Mr. R, a mechanic by trade, joined the Signal Corps in 1911.
This branch of service was the first to use flying machines in the history of American Military Aviation.
Being a mechanic Mr. R. went to the aeronautical division to work on planes.
According to his family he worked with both the Wrights and Mr. Curtiss on their first military air machines.
According to the College Park Aviation Museum in Maryland Mr. R. was working on planes there in 1912.
There is, on line, an article from 1912 in the New York times stating:
AVIATORS ESCAPE DEATH IN FALL OF 100 FEET
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22.- Lieutenant
Harold Geiger and Corporal Mr.R. (they use full name)
of the army aviation school narrowly
escaped death today when their hydro-
aeroplane fell into the Potomac river
From a height of 100 feet. A sudden
gust of wind disabled the wings. The
two aviators were rescued by a launch.
Neither was injured.
From College Park Mr. R. ended up in San Diego where the photos of the Curtiss flyers were taken.
From there he served with several other aviation units until his discharge in 1933.
His family is certain that he became an enlisted pilot but there is no documentation to back it up.
It is clear from the New York Times article that he did fly.
First of all is the paperwork all xerox copies.
There is a copy of his Honorable Discharge from 1918.
There is a copy of his Honorable Discharge from 1920 and one from 1933.
There is also a copy of a certificate from 1920 stating that Mr. R. was in the
"Air Service, Aeronautics"
There is a letter from the College Park Aviation Museum stating that Mr. R. served there in 1912
and where he probably went from there.
The Discharges show Mr. R's Service from January, 1911 to 1933 in US military aviation.
There are 5 real photo postcards from early aviation 1912.
One is of Rex Smith's aeroplane at College Park, Md. showing his plane
and the hangers.
Smith's plane was used by the Signal Corps from time to time for training and experimentation.The next two are real photo postcards, most likely from 1912,
showing Mr. R with the Curtiss flying machines.
In one he is sitting in the flyer as if he were the pilot with tent hangers in the background.
In the other he is sitting on a Curtiss flyer with 2 other men.There is a real photo postcard of Mr. R arm in arm with a buddy.
The card is marked Aero.Co.There is another real photo postcard showing 7 planes (mostly Curtiss) in a row with pilots and ground crew.
The first plane in the row, on left, has the propeller in the front of the plane.Lastly there is a photo of a DH- 4 probably from when Mr. R
was in the Second Observation Squadron.All the photos are from the family and are originals not copies.
Next we have Mr. R.'s uniform model 1902.
Both the jacket and pants are ID'd to him.
The jacket has his last name in the sleeve
and the pants are stamped with his initials W.H.R.
Both jacket and pants are in excellent condition.
No holes, no mothing, no tears and very little if any wear.
The only marking in the jacket is a 35 in the sleeve and name in other sleeve.
The collar is marked
United Shirt & Collar Co.
Contract June 1, 1909, 15.
The pants have a very faded maker mark and you can see 1909.
They also have his initials.The visor hat is also in super condition showing no damage and little wear.
The leather sweat band has a paper tag marked 7 for the size.
Under the sweat band is a 1 cent stamp, contract 5/29/09,
Susskind & Co.
Also stamped "Phila. Depot,
M. Schlesinger and CMIf you need more specific photos please let me know.When will you ever see a group like this again ?
This will be the pride of any collection private or in a museum.
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