Historically Important No'ed 1934 PAA 5 Years of Service Pin Owned by R.O.D. Sullivan
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Historically Important No'ed 1934 PAA 5 Years of Service Pin Owned by R.O.D. Sullivan

Code: z99airpi90000b


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Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a historically important numbered circa 1934 Pan Am Airways (PAA) five years of service pin, 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 pin is in 10 karat gold and was made by L. G. Balfour Company.

VINTAGE: Circa 1934.

SIZE: Approximately 7/16" in height and 5/8" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: 10 karat gold, enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Single screw post with disc backing.

MARKINGS: 572 10K-B TOP; L. G. BALFOUR CO. on backing.

ITEM NOTES: This is from an airline collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MBJX12 LEFJX11/12 SEFJX1/13

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

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