Historically Important 1931 Sikorsky Mfg. Lapel Wing Owned by PAA Pioneer R.O.D. Sullivan
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Historically Important 1931 Sikorsky Mfg. Lapel Wing Owned by PAA Pioneer R.O.D. Sullivan

Code: z99aco90000


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Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a historically important circa 1931 Sikorsky Manufacturing Company lapel wing, originally belonging to Pan American Airways (PAA) pioneer pilot R. O. D. (Robert Oliver Daniel) Sullivan. Sullivan piloted a 1931 inaugural foreign air mail route in a Sikorsky S-41, and the firm made seaplanes and flying boats, some which were used early on by PAA. Sullivan had 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 pin is by Whitehead & Hoag and is in 10 karat gold.

VINTAGE: Circa 1931.

SIZE: Approximately 5/16" in height and 1" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: 10 karat gold, brass findings, enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Horizontal pin with drop-in locking swivel catch.

MARKINGS: WH (Whitehead & Hoag mark) 10K TOP.

ITEM NOTES: The wing you receive will either be the one pictured or one in similar condition. This is from an aviation company collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJX12 VAJM12 LCGEX11/12 TR(1)CGEX4/16 SCGEX4/16

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent): The wing shows hardly any wear.

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