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    Douglas World Cruiser New Orleans: A Leather Relic from its Restoration Presented to Neil Armstrong by Colonel John P. Stapp, with Note and Signed Photo Postcard, Directly from The Armstrong Family Collection™, CAG Certified. A 3.5" x 0.5" piece of brownish leather as removed from the legendary New Orleans, one of the original DWCs that made the first flight around the world in 1924, while it was being restored at Wright-Patterson in the late 1950s. Included is a handwritten note: "Part of Douglas Cruiser". Also included is a 5.5" x 3.5" color photo postcard Stapp in the Sonic Wind Number One rocket-powered sled, signed in black ink on the front: "To Astronaut Niel [sic] A. Armstrong with my/ Highest regards/ John P. Stapp Col USAF (MC)". Leather strip well-worn as expected, other two items fine. Sealed in two numbered archival holders, CAG 1002022-016 & 1002077-015. This lot will include a Statement of Provenance signed by Neil Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark.

    It was the World Cruiser that made the Douglas Aircraft Company a major player in the aircraft industry. On April 6, 1924, eight pilots in four Cruisers, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, and Seattle (named for geographical areas of the country), took off from Sand Point on Lake Washington in Seattle to attempt the first around-the-world airplane flight. Nearly six months later, three of the planes (including the New Orleans) became the first to circumnavigate the earth. For a period of time, Douglas's company logo pictured the earth with three planes in orbit and the slogan "First Around The World". Here is a relic from an incredibly important event in aviation history. The New Orleans is now on display at the Museum of Flying, Santa Monica, California

    Stapp was a flight surgeon, physician, biophysicist, and pioneer in researching the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans. In one ride of this rocket sled in 1954, he showed that a human could withstand at least 46.2 G and a speed of 632 miles per hour earning him the "fastest man on earth" title. His contributions to the space program were numerous. Interestingly, Stapp is credited as authoring and popularizing the final form of Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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