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    Lengthy Charles Lindbergh Letter Describing his
    "Crash" in the Philippines

    Charles Lindbergh. Autograph Letter Signed "Charles (A. Lindbergh)." Eleven pages, rectos only, 8.5 x 11 inches, Army & Navy Club, Manila, November 6, 1969, to "Capt. Harold E. Gray". A personal letter of considerable length, in excess of 1,500 words, to Lindbergh's personal friend and fellow pilot, Harold E. Gray. The letter thanks Gray for his sympathy message following Lindbergh's airplane "crash": "In addition to being a great pilot and executive, you are really a good friend. As such, you will be amused by the facts. In the late twenties and early thirties, the newspapers crashed me on an average of several times a year. Recently, they have been more considerate in this respect, so I was taken somewhat by surprise." (At this time, Gray was Chairman of the Board for Pan American Airways). Colonel Lindbergh goes on to describe in some detail his adventure in the Philippines, and how he did not learn about his "accident" until the day after it took place. He was flying in Northern Luzon, Philippines in a [Stinson] L5 that he had rented in Manila, when some newspapermen paid him special attention on an airstrip in Cauayan, asking about his accident, where Lindbergh "had had a forced landing, bellied into a rice paddy, and been rescued by the local population. My passenger and I had escaped with minor injuries. It was a front-page article." The letter goes on to say a bit more about the alleged "crash", and then about how Lindbergh carried with him Dr. Robert Fox (1918-1985; a leading anthropologist and historian on the Philippines) and flew northward. Lindbergh discusses flying and includes details of interest to a fellow pilot such as the weather and clouds, airstrips, airplane performance, and concerns about fuel economy. There is mention of the local people, and how he was able to get a village of over one hundred to assist in clearing an old abandoned airstrip that he had set down on. When Lindbergh returned to Manila after several days, news of his "accident" had spread world-wide and he was receiving cards, telegrams, visits and telephone calls of concern. Near the end, he goes back to discussing the press and the erroneous article that started it all: "How the crash story grew, I do not know; but it is typical of hundreds, if not thousands of newspaper stories I have had part in through the years. I seldom read a press article (where I know the facts) that is accurate - even reasonably accurate. Normally, I pay little or no attention to them; but on occasions such as this, they necessitate some attention and action." Black ink on light-blue onion-skin paper, with two folds. Fine. Harold E. Gray was a pioneering aviator who flew trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic routes for Pan American World Airways on long-range flying boats called "Clippers" in the 1930s, and eventually became Chairman of the Board at Pan Am.

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