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    Lindbergh Writes a Heartfelt, Personal Thank You Letter to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pan Am

    A Very Personal Charles Lindbergh Autograph Letter Signed to Harold E. Gray, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pan American World Airways. Two pages, 8.5 x 11", Maui, Hawaii, May 3, 1969 to Harold E. Gray. A personal letter thanking Gray for his kind words upon Lindbergh being granted an honorary membership in the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) at a meeting in 1968. The letter reads, in full: "Dear Harold: I have been wanting to write you ever since the ALPA meeting; but the days have been crammed with [illegible] obligations, and at night I've been too sleepy to either read or write. I have been wanting to tell you how deeply I appreciate your flying to Washington to be present when the honorary membership was presented to me. I had no idea that you were coming, and still feel a little embarrassed at having added one more obligation to the heavy load you are now carrying. It was certainly a great gesture of friendship - one I shall never forget. And my ears still tingle when I think of the things you said about me at the dinner. I hope I can live up to them. Harold, I'll be seeing you at the stockholders and Directors meetings in Los Angeles before you get this letter; but I doubt that I can tell you in words as well as I can in writing how much your coming to the ALPA presentation meant to me. With best wishes always, Charles (A. Lindbergh)". Some slight toning to paper and with the usual fold creases, otherwise in very good condition.

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