Read, A(lbert). C(ushing).

US Navy aviator, piloted NC-4 on 1919 1st transatlantic flight

Price: $50.00

Description:
(1887-1967) USNA 06, Naval Aviator #24. As Lieut. Commander, Read commanded crew of 5 on the NC-4 Curtiss flying boat, one of 4 Navy Curtiss seaplanes (NC-4 the only one to complete the journey) on Long Island-Newfoundland-Azores-Portugal-England flight May 8-31 1919. NC-4 was the 1st aircraft ever to make a transatlantic flight weeks before Alcock and Brown's non-stop flight, 8 years before Llindbergh's solo non-stop flight. In 1929, Read and the NC-4's crew were awarded Congressional Gold Medals. RADM 1942, Chief of Air Technical Training in Chicago during WW II, led Naval air activities at Norfolk thru end of War, awarded Legion of Merit. 3 x 6 neatly typed addressed 50th Anniversary Naval Aviation stamp cacheted First Day Cover signed "AC Read" vertically. Postmarked San Diego, California, August 20 1961, "First Day of Issue".

Condition: Very good
Type:First Day Cover






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