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    Fantastic Military Aviation Photograph Album Belonging to the First Presidential Pilot, Henry Tift Myers, Circa 1931. Larger-than-life presidential pilot Henry Myers - Hank to his friends - traveled with dignitaries and celebrities during the tumultuous WWII years and beyond, ferrying them around the world and striking up friendships along the way. Born in 1907 the privileged son of wealthy entrepreneurs, Myers took up flying while still in college, later graduating at the top of his Army Air Corps training class. His first assignment was serving as an aide and pilot for Lt. Gen. Harold S. George, Commanding General of the Air Transport Command, and the man who would ultimately recommend him for the job of presidential pilot.
    In February 1945, Myers flew President Roosevelt to Yalta, to meet with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin to establish an agenda for governing post-war Germany. Following FDR's death, he also acted as President Truman's pilot.

    Offered here are photographs from the early days of Myers' remarkable flying career. Included is his Certificate of Graduation from the Army Air Corps Advanced Flying School (Pursuit) at Kelly Field, Texas dated June 26, 1931 and many, many personal as well as Signal Corps photos from his time at Kelly Field and a few from Selfridge Field in Michigan. There are about 140 photographs of various sizes featuring a wide variety of aircraft types of the period. There are many photographs depicting squadron-marked aircraft, formation flying, aerial shots of aircraft flying over cities and air fields, group shots, and the inevitable shots of crashed aircraft. Tragically, two of Myers' classmates were among the crash victims and a gruesome photograph of their charred bodies and the obituary that appeared in the newspaper are included in his album. Additionally, there are about 20 photographs of the various buildings and installations at Kelly Field. Rounding out the fabulous album are many personal photographs of Myers and his numerous girl friends. Finally, there are several shots of Myers from his early days as a pilot for American Airlines, including a 1932 dated typed signed letter from Major George H. Brett to Myers acknowledging the transmittal of a letter of recommendation to help Myers secure a job with American Airlines. Many of the photos have come loose from their mounts, the album covers are damaged and there is a musty smell present, still it remains a valuable archive of this flamboyant pilot's life.


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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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