Boyd, J. Erroll
“The Canadian Lindbergh”, 1st Canadian & 2nd British citizen to fly the Atlantic
Autograph ID: 777
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1891-1960) Canadian pilot taught to fly by Sir John Alcock (1st British pilot to fly Atlantic nonstop in 1919) in WW I. On October 9,1930 flew Bellanca Columbia (with American navigator Harry Connor) from Newfoundland to England, the 1st Canadian (& 2nd British citizen) to fly the Atlantic – and the first to make the flight outside the summer season. He also flew the 1st York-Haiti nonstop flight 1933, formed the Aviation Scouts of Canada, and recruited hundreds of pilots for the Allied effort during World War II.
Interestingly, the Bellanca monoplane Columbia had been flown across the Atlantic once before, 2 weeks after Lindbergh’s flight, by veteran aviator Clarence Chamberlain with millionaire-aircraft owner Charles Levine as his passenger.
3 3/4 x 6 1/2 FDC, postmarked Dayton, Ohio, May 29, 1953, US 6c 50th Anniversary of Powered Flight airmail stamp cacheted FDC signed by Boyd at top left above cachet.
Uncommon Canadian aviation autograph!”