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Extremely rare circa 1930's Cuba Curtiss Flight Crew Wing. A predecessor of CUBANA, this company was purchased by Pan America (PAN-AM) in 1932. Starting off as a school in 1929 and charter with scheduled flights starting in 1932, little is known about this extremely rare ?? wing, as to whether it was for a Flight Engineer, Radioman, or some other functionary. It was definitely for a member of the Flight crew. The airline was established in October 1929 under the name: Compa????a Nacional Cubana de Aviaci??n Curtiss S.A. CUBANA's original fleet included the Curtiss Robin, amphibian Sikorsky S-38, Ford Trimotor, and Lockheed Electra (L-10) aircraft. After PAN-AM purchased the airline in 1932, Curtiss was removed from the name. During the late 1950's and early 1960's relations between the US and Cuba cooled tremendously and in 1959 the Cuban government assumed ownership of the airline and in 1962, the US embargo led the airline to the cancellation of all US services. CUBANA has grown to become the country's largest airline. The half wing features an enameled red, white, and blue shield with a white star resembling Cuba's flag and reads: "CUBA CURTISS" with a nicely detailed wing and is the First Issue of a once major Pan American affiliate.
Approximately 1-3/4" x 11/16"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Horizontal pin with 'C' type catch
This is from an airlines collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MEJJX14 LFEJJX1/16
8+ (Excellent): The wing shows minor to moderate wear, nearly all the enamel details remain fully intact, overall excellent condition with a handsome patina.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.