Historically Important NAA 1 Year of Membership Pin Owned by Pioneer Pilot R.O.D. Sullivan
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Historically Important NAA 1 Year of Membership Pin Owned by Pioneer Pilot R.O.D. Sullivan

Code: mca10000a

$115.00

Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a historically significant National Aeronautic Association of the United States (NAA) one year of membership lapel pin, originally belonging to Pan American Airways (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 NAA replaced the Aero Club of America in 1923 and is the oldest aviation organization in the United States, responsible for keeping records and presenting certain awards. The pin is by L. G. Balfour Company and dates to circa 1930.

VINTAGE: Circa 1930.

SIZE: Approximately 1/4" in height and 15/16" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Nickeled brass, enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Single screw post with disc backing.

MARKINGS: L. G. BALFOUR CO. on backing.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a civil aviation collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJX12 LAAEX11/12

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The pin shows some minor wear and tarnish only.

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