Lot 9018: Remarkable vintage 8 x 10 photo of Earhart posing in front of her Lockheed Model 10 Elektra along with Hollywood stunt pilot and flight instructor Paul Mantz and Lockheed test pilot Marshall Headle, each signing in black ink. Mounted to a same-size sheet. Slightly trimmed edges, and some light irregular adhesion to signatures, otherwise fine condition. Prior to her January 11, 1935, flight from Hawaii to California, Earhart sought the guidance of Mantz and Headle to ensure her safe passage across the Pacific. Mantz, who had arrived in Hawaii with Earhart aboard the ocean liner Lurline on December 27, 1934, served as her technical advisor, test-flying the Lockheed Vega and confirming its two-way radio voice communication with land stations as far west as Arizona. Headle, the chief pilot in charge of flight operations for Lockheed Aircraft, had tested over 300 of the company's planes, and his presence provided the aviatrix with both moral and safety support. Although her 18-hour transpacific flight proved a rousing success and world-first, Earhart's 1937 around-the-world journey aboard the very plane pictured in the background—the Model 10 Elektra—would ultimately be her last.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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