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    Ed White II: Solid 14K Gold Order of Daedalians Life Membership Card Presented to Him in 1966 and Directly from His Personal Collection. An amazing, rare, and beautiful item, 3.375" x 2.25" in size, made by Bailey, Banks & Biddle and enclosed in its original morocco leather case. Engraved at top is the symbol of the organization with the Latin text Volabamus Volamus (we flew, we fly). The engraved text reads: "Order of Daedalians/ and the/ Daedalian Foundation/ present to/ Astronaut Edward H White II/ A Life Membership/ in the/ Order of Daedalians/ Date: 10-11-66/ Serial No. L10/ [Signed] N. B. Harbold/ National Commander". The idea for this fraternal organization began in 1921 when Brigadier General "Billy" Mitchell urged the creation of an organization to honor and perpetuate the memory of the first American pilots in World War I. In 1934, the Order of Daedalians (named after Daedalus, the character in Greek mythology who was the first person to achieve heavier-than-air flight) was founded at Maxwell Field in Alabama with the founder memberships in the club belonging to the 14,000 U.S. WWI aviators who were commissioned and flight-rated no later than Armistice Day, 1918. The Order has since added descendants of the original group as Hereditary members; Named members, who qualify as military pilots of powered aircraft, are also now eligible for membership. The Daedalian Foundation was established in 1959; it funds a comprehensive scholarship program through donations and bequests. A fabulous memento belonging to the first American to walk in space in 1965 during the Gemini 4 mission. Gross weight is 50.61 grams; contains approximately 0.95 troy ounce of gold. Excellent condition.

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