Propeller Wood of the "America" Relic Card
Own a true piece of history!
Concluding an otherwise successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the "America" crashed-landed in the waters off Ver-sur-Mer, France. Her engines were removed and overhauled, but the remainder of the aircraft fell victim to the tides, and to overzealous souvenir hunters. For more information about the 'America' and the historic flight, click here.
In the 1980s, Pat Reilly, who once worked for Pan American Airline, was doing a story on the historic flight of the "America" and, in the process, acquired numerous items relating to the airplane, including one of the propeller spinner caps, as well as the front propeller itself. Using his knowledge and resources, he started a museum in France about the celebrated flight.
However, he also noted the connection between the aircraft and the state of New Jersey. After all, the aircraft was assembled in the city of Teterboro in New Jersey. Thus, several of the objects Reilly acquired in France became destined for the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, who's mission is to preserve the Garden State's distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage.
The card itself is post-card size. Affixed to the front of the card is an actual piece of wood from the propeller of the monoplane "America". The gold-painted wood propeller which was the third plane to fly non-stop from New York to France, just months after Lindbergh and Chamberlin. The propeller currently hangs in the vintage Aviation wing of the Museum as the plane was proudly built at Teterboro Airport.
Each piece is hand numbered on the back of the card. Along with the artifact card is a 'Certificate of Authenticity' from the Museum which is also hand numbered to the corresponding piece. Only 100 of these artifact cards were and will be produced by the museum, ever!
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