Historical 1929 PAA Pilot Hat Badge 1st Issue Owned by Pioneer R.O.D. Sullivan
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Historical 1929 PAA Pilot Hat Badge 1st Issue Owned by Pioneer R.O.D. Sullivan

Code: airpw10000


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ARTIFACT: This is a historically important circa 1929 Pan Am Airways (PAA) pilot hat badge 1st issue, originally belonging to PAA pioneer pilot R. O. D. (Robert Oliver Daniel) Sullivan. Sullivan joined the United States Navy in 1918, functioning as a flight instructor as well as a test pilot, and stayed on as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Navy Reserve even after joining the new Pan American Airways (PAA) in 1929. Sullivan served as 1st Officer on the Clipper that made the historic first trans-Pacific air mail flight in April 1935. Sullivan served with Pan Am for eight years, achieving the rank of Captain. After piloting the first-ever trans-Atlantic Pan Am flight to experience an accident, a distressed Sullivan retired from aviation. Over half of the people on the flight did not survive the crash of the Yankee Clipper near Lisbon, Portugal, including celebrity Jane Froman. The badge is by the Whitehead & Hoag Company.

VINTAGE: Circa 1929.

SIZE: Approximately 13/16" in height and 1-1/2" in length.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Silver-plated and enameled nickel.

ATTACHMENT: Single screw post with disc backing, stabilization teeth.

MARKINGS: W&H CO (Whitehead & Hoag of Newark, New Jersey Maker Mark).

ITEM NOTES: This is from an airline collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VBJJX12 LBEJJX11/12 SLBGIEX08/20 SBEJJX03/28/23

CONDITION: 7 (Very Fine): The badge shows light wear and areas of medium tarnish.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.