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ONSV5903

Original U.S. Framed Early Aviation Set - Fragments from Explorer II Balloon & U.S.S. Shenandoah Dirigible

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. These are two great pieces of Early U.S. Aviation history! After notable events in aviation, such as flights as well as crashes, souvenirs are collected, then sold on the market. Here we have two framed examples of such memorabilia.

The first is a piece of the Balloon EXPLORER II, used for high altitude experiments. It is actually a bookmark, sold by the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, complete with information regarding the piece. The right side has a nice caption which encapsulates what it is:

THIS FABRIC BOOKMARK IS
A PART OF THE BALLOON
"EXPLORER II" WHICH IN THE
SERVICE OF SCIENCE ATTAINED
A WORLD'S ALTITUDE RECORD
OF 72,395 FEET ABOVE SEA
LEVEL ON NOVEMBER 11 1935.

NATIONAL
GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Washington, D.C.

There is additional information regarding the specifications of the balloon on the left side of the bookmark, and underneath is a commemorative post card from the landing site. All of this is very nicely mounted and glazed in a wooden frame, which measures about 15 1/2" H x 12 1/2" W x 3/4", and is in wonderful display condition.

The second part of this set is a piece of one of the gas bags from the U.S.S. Shenandoah ZR-1 dirigible aircraft. This was the first of four United States Navy rigid airships. It was constructed during 1922–1923 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and first flew in September 1923. It developed the U.S. Navy's experience with rigid airships, and made the first crossing of North America by airship. On the 57th flight, Shenandoah was destroyed in a squall line over Ohio in September 1925.

Inside the frame is a signed affidavit from M. Ducar of Lorain, Ohio, who picked up a piece of the gas bag while crossing the street to get better look at the wreck. The affidavit has an image of the crash, and is notarized from April 1931. The fragment itself measures about 1/2" x 3/8" and is attached to the affidavit.

All of this is very nicely mounted and glazed in a wooden frame, which measures about 16 1/4" H x 13 1/8" W x 1", and is in wonderful display condition.

Together these make a very nice early aviation set, perfect for any wall.

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