N.p. National Aeronautic Association, Federation Aeronautique Internationale, 1928. Item #08332
Pilot's license for one Lloyd Marion Best (Nov. 25, 1905 - Jan. 11, 1993) signed by Orville Wright and Douglas Corrigan; 4 pages (2 1/2" x 4") with photo of Mr. Best, in a black leather wallet style pocket book [together with] 3 cowling rings and a piece of fabric (3 1/4" x 3 1/4") dated 1927, from the Sprit of St. Louis [together with] more than 225 photos, in sizes from 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" to 11" X 14" a letter (ALS) from Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan to Mr. Best saying that his historic airplane, the Robin, was on display at the 1939-40 World's Fair; "Wrong Way" also writes: "The punishment that Mr. Mulligan gave me was in a cablegram delivered to me as I got in the steamship S. S. Manhattan to come back to the U.S. It said your pilots license is hereby revoked for 5 days - It took the boat 5 days to get back to N.Y." The letter is dated June 1, 1985 and is with the original envelope. [Together with] Program for the "Coming-out Party and Celebration" for the Ryan NYP-3, Monday, Dec. 4, 1978 and signed by 7 of the men who built the original Spirit and many other documents, pamphlets and letters related to early aviation. Among the photos is an 11" x 14" black and white photo of the luncheon held for Charles Lindbergh in San Diego on Sept. 22, 1927, showing all 125 employees of Mahoney (Ryan) Aircraft Co., showing Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan standing just behind Lindbergh, and Lloyd M. Best seated directly across from Lindbergh. Some other 8" x 10" photos are Mr. Best in the Linclon Sport Plane, which he built in 1927-28, with the 35 hp Szeleky 3 cylinder engine, Douglas Corrigan standing beside his modified Curtiss Robin OX-5, photo dated September 18, 1938; an excellent 8" x 10" photo of the Welcoming Committee for Douglas Corrigan at Lindbergh Field, in 1938, showing Corrigan, Lloyd M. Best, Fred Rohr, T. Claude Ryan, J. J. "Red" Harrigan, Dan Burnett, and several others. Another photo shows the instrument panel of the Spirit, during construction and another shows Mr. Best standing beside a Ryan M1 at Dutch Flats, in August 1927 - Charles Lindbergh flew this aircraft, so did Mr. Best. Worth noting are 13 color photos (4" x 6") of Douglas Corrigan and Ed Morrow, taken in December 1984. [Together with] a log book kept by Mr. Best while employed at B. F. Mahoney Aircraft Co., showing date of completed wings, from May 28, 1928 to Oct. 19, 1928. Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (1907 - 1995) worked at B. F. Mahoney Aircraft in 1927, with Mr. Best; it was Corrigan who pulled the chocks from the Spirit of St. Louis when Lindbergh took off from San Diego to New York to prepare for his historic flight. In 1933, Corrigan purchased a used 1929 Curtiss Robin OX-5 for $310 and began to modify it for a transatlantic flight. Federal officials deemed his Robin too unstable for a transatlantic flight, so he was denied permission. On the morning of July 17, 1938, Corrigan filed a flight plan at Floyd Bennett Field, indicating a return to California, but he flew East, not West. Twenty-eight hours and 13 minutes later, he landed in Dublin, Ireland, introduced himself and said, "Just got in from New York. Where am I? I intended to fly to California." He was instantly dubbed "Wrong Way" Corrigan by the press - he and his escapade were front page and broadcast news for days and he was instantly an American folk hero. He and his Robin (crated) were returned to New York on August 4th and treated to a ticker tape parade on Broadway, which attracted an estimated million fans and was said to have been even greater than Lindbergh's in 1927.