Lot 15: Fabric square from Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

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Lot 15: Author: Earhart, Amelia; Title: Original fabric section from Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B; Place Published: No place; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1930s; Description: Square of fabric, approximately 2x2", mounted beneath a reproduction photograph of Earhart standing on the landing gear of her aircraft, descriptive text beneath the fabric. Matted and framed, overall 53x40 cm (20¾x15¾").An artifact from the plane's restoration, originally sold by Smithsonian Institution in the late 1970's. The text below reads: "This Lockheed Vega 5B was the aircraft used by Amelia Earhart when she became the first woman to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic, May 20-21, 1932. Miss Earhart made the 3260 kilometer (2026 mile) flight from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to Culmore, Londonderry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes. On August 24-25, 1932 in the same Vega, Miss Earhart flew from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey covering the 3940 kilometers (2448 miles) in 19 hours 5 minutes. This was the first solo nonstop transcontinental flight by a woman. The Lockheed Vega is now a part of the collection of the National Air and Space Museum." Condition: Sample with cracking and chipping; smudged beneath sample, not examined out of frame; near fine. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $700-1000
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