Aviation Autographs - Gathering of Eagles Lithographs
Lot 7. 1982 “Great Moments in Aviation History” Print Signed by Neil Armstrong, 14 More Aviators and Astronauts. This print is the first produced in conjunction with the “Gathering of Eagles” annual event at the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. The program encourages the study of aviation history and the contributions of aviation pioneers. William J. Reynolds produced the artwork for the lithograph, #454 of 1,100. Armstrong leads a list of notable “Eagles” who autographed the print. His signature is perhaps the scarcest among important living Americans. He essentially stopped signing years ago. Besides Armstrong, the print is signed by Curtis LeMay, J. H. (Jimmy) Doolittle, Charles E. (Chuck) Yeager, Paul W. Tibbets, George Vaughn Jr., Leigh Wade, Geo. Gay, Joe Foss, John Mitchell, Gail Halverson, Francis (Gabby) Gabreski, Robin Olds, Michael Novosel and Pete Knight. These aviators span World War I to the Space Age. Their pencil signatures are 10s authenticated by Kevin Keating. The artwork is double-matted and framed to 32 ¼” x 33 ¾”. An accompanying 32-page hardcover book, about 6” x 9” describes the print and provides information on each of the signers. An exceedingly fine collectible!
Winning Bid $2,541.
Lot 196. 1983 “Gathering of Eagles” Print Signed by 27 Aviators – Yeager, Sakai, the Haizlips, Vaughn, Hill, Borman, Etc. John Ficklen’s “Great Moments in Aviation History” lithograph, matted to 30” x 35”, features a variety of World War I and II aircraft, as well as a space shuttle and capsule. The print is hand-signed in pencil by 27 aviation pioneers, including: “Tex” Hill (died 2007), U.S. World War II ace; Chuck Yeager, the U.S. test pilot who was the first to travel faster than sound; Olli Puhakka, World War II ace from Finland (d. 1989), and Saburo Sakai (d. 2000), the fourth-ranking ace in Japan’s World War II Navy. Also, James G. Haizlip, legendary air racer who learned to fly with the French in World War I and won the second Bendix Trophy race, and his wife, Mary Haizlip, the second woman in the U.S. to receive her commercial pilot's license. For seven years, she held the world's speed record for women, and at the 1931 National Air Races, she was the second highest money winner, man or woman. The other autographs are by George Vaughn Jr., World War I ace; Leigh Wade, aviation pioneer who began flying in the 1920s and commanded a U.S. air base in Cuba during WWII; Pete Quesada, (d. 1993), pioneer in developing tactical air power, lieutenant general and one-time owner of the Washington Senators; Witold Urbanowicz, Jack Cram, recipient of the Navy Cross for heroism at Guadalcanal; Clive Caldwell, Australia’s top fighter ace of WWII with 28.5 victories; John W. Oswalt, pilot of the first WWII forward air control aircraft who later helped to develop the U.S. Army’s first armed helicopter; Francis (Gabby) Gabreski (d. 2002), one of the top-scoring U.S. aces of WWII; Günther Rall, Pierre Clostermann, WWII French fighter ace; William Hudson, Carl Fraser, Frank Borman, retired NASA commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon; Maxie Anderson, pilot and commander of the crew that completed the first trans-Atlantic crossing in a gas balloon in 1978; Punch Dickens, pioneering Canadian aviator, bush pilot and World War I bomber pilot; John Cunningham, Paul W. Tibbets, (d. 2007), commander and pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; James Brewer, Cook Cleland, Bernie Fisher, the first living U.S. Air Force recipient of the Medal of Honor and the first USAF member to receive it in Vietnam, and Joe Engle, one of the first astronauts in the Space Shuttle program and commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, which are 9s and 10s. This lithograph was issued in an edition of 1,000. This copy is numbered HC 3/100. HC, or Hors Commerce, prints are seldom offered to the public. They typically are used for commercial purposes such as entering shows or advertising. The Gathering of Eagles is an annual event at the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. It focuses on the study of aviation history and the contributions of aviation pioneers.
Minimum Bid $400.
Lot 197. 1984 “Gathering of Eagles” Print Signed by Doolittle, Schirra, Ridgway, McCampbell, Cheshire, 19 Other Aviators. This is the first Gathering of Eagles “Great Moments in History” lithographs to feature images of the signers. Jay Ashurst created the artwork, which is presented as a triptych double-matted to 32” x 40”. The central image, about 18” x 25”, presents a variety of aircraft, from World War I to the Space Age. Plates on each side of the aircraft contain the portraits and pencil autographs of J. H. (Jimmy) Doolittle (died 1993), who received the Medal of Honor for leading the Doolittle Raid on Japan; Gerald Young (d. 1990), Medal of Honor recipient in the Vietnam War; E. Ilmari Juutilainen (d. 1999), Finland’s top World War II ace; Matthew Ridgway (d. 1993), who commanded the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division in WWII and contributed significantly to the U.S. Korean War effort; Wally Schirra (d. 2007), the only astronaut to fly in all three of the first U.S. space programs; Douglas Campbell, WWI fighter pilot, the first American flying in an American unit to achieve the status of ace; James H. Howard, Medal of Honor recipient; Waclaw Makowski, WWII commander of the Polish Air Force; Leonard Cheshire, British pilot who received the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest award for gallantry; John F. Whiteley, pilot of the first cross-continental bomber flight in 1923; David McCampbell (d. 1996), all-time leading ace of the U.S. Navy with 34 WWII victories; Haywood S. Hansell, Jr., a general and leading advocate for strategic bombing and daylight precision bombing; Roland de la Poype, French fighter ace; Jose Larios, Spanish Civil War ace; Adolf Galland (d. 1996), WWII commander of Germany’s fighter force and an ace with 104 victories; Bram van der Stok, the Netherlands’ most decorated aviator and one of the three men to escape to freedom in The Great Escape; Bryce Poe (II) (d. 2000), four-star general; Chuck Yeager, famous test pilot and WWII ace; Chesley G. Peterson, U.S. ace and commander of the famous 4th Fighter Group 1942-1943; Robert H.M. Gibbes, a leading Australian fighter ace; Marion E. Carl (d. 1998), the first U.S. Marine Corps ace in World War II; Randy (Duke) Cunningham, fighter ace in Vietnam; Leon W. Johnson, Air Force general and Medal of Honor recipient, and Brewster H. Shaw, Jr., astronaut. The artist also signed; the signatures are 9s and 10s authenticated by Kevin Keating. This print is numbered HC 45. HC, or Hors Commerce, prints are seldom offered to the public. They typically are used for commercial purposes such as entering shows or advertising.
Minimum Bid $400.
Lot 198. 1985 “Gathering of Eagles” Print Signed by Boyington, Foss, Voll, Other Aviators. Sixteen aviators signed next to their portraits by Jay Ashurst, who also provided the central artwork featuring a pilot and primarily World War II aircraft amid the clouds. The original painting was commissioned by the 1985 class of U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. The Gathering of Eagles program focuses on the study of aviation history and the contributions of aviation pioneers. Double-matted to 32” x 40”, this lithograph, #439 of 1,200, includes the signatures of Pappy Boyington (died 1988), WWII flying ace who was awarded the Medal of Honor and later commanded the “Black Sheep Squadron”; Joe Foss (d. 2003), the leading fighter ace of the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the 20th governor of South Dakota and the first commissioner of the American Football League; John J. Voll (d. 1987), highest scoring ace in the U.S. 15th Air Force during WWII; John Alison, highly decorated WWII ace and Korean War veteran; Francis S. Gabreski (d. 2002), one of the top-scoring U.S. aces of WWII; David McCampbell (d. 1996), all-time leading ace of the U.S. Navy with 34 WWII victories, and George A. Vaughn Jr. (d. 1989), World War I ace. The lithograph is signed also by Red McColpin, Rex T. Barber, Bud Mahurin, Boots Blesse, jet ace in Korea; Chuck Yeager, famous test pilot and WWII ace; Randy (Duke) Cunningham, fighter ace in Vietnam; Steve Ritchie, Herman Ernst and Robbie Risner, Korean War ace, decorated Vietnam War pilot and seven-year POW, and the first living member of the service to receive the Air Force Cross twice. The autographs in pencil are predominantly 10s, with an occasional 9. Kevin Keating authenticated them. A high-quality color softcover book accompanies the print; it contains a description of the artwork, as well as a portrait of each aviator, biographical information and a description of the plane the aviator flew.
Winning Bid $711.