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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights

Record Flights
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Lot 1042

[James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle] 1928 (Feb.-May), South American Test Flight, two covers from each of Doolittle's five flights, each bearing boxed "CORREO AEREO" straightline and shield-shaped "First/Experimental/Flight/[origin city]/[destination]" in different colors for each leg: Lima to La Paz (blue, green), La Paz to Santiago (blue, magenta), Santiago to Buenos Aires (magenta, black), Buenos Aires to Asuncion (green, violet), and Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro (magenta, blue), with one of each pair signed by Doolittle, Very Fine.
AAMC SH 580-580d.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $375.
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Lot 1043

[James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle] 1931 (Sept. 4 & Oct. 10) & 1932 (July 25) Flights, 3 flights undertaken by the famed pilot: Sept. 4, 1931, Record Transcontinental Flight from Burbank to New York (11 hours, 10 minutes), two covers, one with official typewritten cachet (#SH656), the second with typed "This Letter Carried By Jimmy Doolittle in the /Thompson Air Race./Cleveland Air Races.", both cancelled Cleveland Sept. 7 and autographed; Oct. 10, 1931 Three-Capital "Dawn to Dusk" Flight cover (#SH657) franked with three Mexican stamps and cancelled "Servicio Aereo/Mexico, D.F." with typed "This Letter Carried By/Lt. Jimmy Doolittle From/Ottawa to Mexico City." and autographed; and three July 25, 1932, Washington Bicentennial covers, two of which have the official pictorial cachet (#SH666A), one a handstamped "Aviation Department/Shell Petroleum Corporation" signed cachet; with four pages of autographed photographs of Doolittle and articles, Very Fine.
AAMC SH656, SH657, SH666A.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $600.
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Lot 1044

[James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle] 1931 (Oct. 4), 20th Anniversary of Pioneer Flight, St. Louis, MO, four covers, each with commemorative framed cachet: one in violet, a violet-magenta mix, green and magenta; all but green cacheted envelope autographed J.H. Doolittle, plus two contemporary photos (roughly 4½ x 3 inches) of tent "Post Office" set up at Lambert Field for the event, Very Fine, a pretty set of covers.
AAMC 191.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1045

[Amelia Earhart] 1932 (May 20), Transatlantic Solo Flight (AAMC TO 1165), the historic flight from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Ireland on which Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; franked with a 5¢ Winged Globe tied by May 13 New York City duplex and by G.B. 1½d KGV tied by May 23 Londonderry c.d.s.; signed by Earhart with violet flight cachet numbered 36 of 50 covers carried; addressed to Bernt Balchen, noted aviator and Earhart's technical adviser, Very Fine.
AAMC $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $3,500.
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Lot 1046

[Amelia Earhart] 1932 (June), European Goodwill Tour, airmail cover canceled Milan, Jun 8, and Rome, Littorio Airport, Jun 9, with handstamped cachet welcoming Earhart from her Transatlantic Flight to the Eternal City, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1165 var.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Realized $200.
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Lot 1047

[Amelia Earhart] 1935 (Jan 11), Solo Flight, Honolulu - Oakland, Cal. (AAMC TO 1225), colorful "Wailua" cacheted envelope postmarked Honolulu, Jan 11, with Jan 12 Oakland receiver on the front; numbered "44 of 49 covers, carried by air, Honolulu - Oakland, January 11-12, 1935 (signed) Amelia Earhart", Very Fine. Certainly one of the most attractive of the 49 covers carried.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $2,800.
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Lot 1048
[Amelia Earhart] Mounted fabric from "Lockheed Vega 5B" aircraft used by Amelia Earhart, 2" by 2" square of fabric from the plane used by Amelia Earhart when she became the first woman to make a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic, mounted under glass with a photo of the aircraft, frame is 16" by 21½", photo is 10" by 8", Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

On May 20-21 1932 Miss Earhart made the 2026 mile flight from Harbor Grace Newfoundland to Culmore Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes. On Aug 24-25 1932 in the same Vega Miss Earhart flew from Los Angeles to Newark in 19 hours 5 minutes. This was the first solo nonstop transcontinental flight by a woman. The Lockheed Vega is in the National Air & Space Museum.

Realized $425.
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Lot 1049

[Amelia Earhart] Collection, includes cover from USS Colorado which searched for Earhart, newspaper clippings, 1963 30th anniversary round the world flight, 1963 first day cover of Earhart issue, card and signed check of Sheila Scott, first British pilot to fly solo round the world, please examine, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $200.
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Lot 1050

[Howard Hughes] 1938 (Jul 10), Round-the-World Record Flight (AAMC TO 1307), specially prepared legal size air mail cover signed by Howard Hughes; franked with a 6¢ Eagle (C23) canceled New York, Jul 10; flown from New York to Paris where an 85c air mail (C8) was applied and canceled on the 11th, then to Moscow (a 20k stamp), then on to Omsk, Yakutsk, Fairbanks, Minneapolis and finally, back to New York, where a 6¢ Winged Globe was added and canceled Jul 14; appropriate flight cachet and handstamps of stops en route; also signed by navigator, Harry Connor, and radio operator, Dick Stoddart, Very Fine, quite a rare cover, as Hughes signed very few of them.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $2,600.
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Lot 1051
[Howard Hughes] 1938 (Jul 10), Round-the-World Record Flight, photographs (AAMC TO 1307 var.), three 8" x 10" photographs of Hughes' crew and/or plane, the Lockheed 14 Lodestar, prior to takeoff; all are inscribed by navigator/ co-pilot, Harry Connor, to prominent airmail collector, Bill Schneider, Jr., Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1052
[Howard Hughes] 1938 (Jul 10), Round-the-World Flight, press pass (AAMC TO 1307 var.), green cardboard tag inscribed "Headquarters: New York World's Fair, Incorporated" (sponsors of the flight) with rubberstamped "PRESS" below printed "Representing:", Very Fine. Quite rare.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1053

[John Henry Mears] 1928 (Jun. 28), Mears-Collyer Round-the-World Flight (AAMC TO 1077), Roessler illustrated 1¢ postal card canceled New York, Jun 28 and bearing two 1¢ Chinese stamps canceled Mukden, Jul 10, serially numbered "000124"; backstamped New York, Jul 220, Fine to Very Fine.
AAMC $5,000.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1054

[John Henry Mears] 1930 (Aug 1), Mears-Brown Record Flight, New York - Harbour Grace Newfoundland (AAMC SH 632), two identical Roessler illustrated 1¢ postal cards, franked with a 10¢ Special Delivery canceled East Orange, N.J. on Aug 1 and at Harbour Grace on Aug 2; one card has some moderate creasing but is signed on the back by John Henry Mears, the other is unsigned, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

The illustration on the back of the cards was added by Roessler after the flight. Mears and Brown were attempting to set a Round-the-World speed record, but when they crashed upon take off from Harbour Grace, they had only succeeded in establishing a new record of 8 hours, 5 minutes from New York to Harbour Grace. Includes a letter of explanation from Roessler.

Realized $160.
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