Autograph of Albert Hegenberger, Long-Distance Flight Pioneer.
Fort Devons, Massachusetts: 1927. Autograph of Lt. Albert Hegenberger (1895-1983), who on June 28, 1927 (a month after the solo Atlantic crossing of Charles Lindbergh), with co-pilot Lester Maitland, flew a trimoter Fokker monoplane, the Bird of Paradise, 2,418 miles nonstop from Oakland, California to Hawaii in 25 hours and 50 minutes. His signature is accompanied by a newspaper photo and his name pasted onto the 3 1/2 x4 1/2" paper and a notation in pencil that reads "Camp Devens 1927 after speaking." The camp, located in Ayers and Shirley, Massachusetts, would become Fort Devens. News accounts place his visit as July 28, 1927 ("Trans Pacific Flier Here," The Lowell Sun). At the time Hegenberger spoke, Devens was a National Guard training camp. The autograph is accompanied by an 8 by 10 inch official B&W Air Force glossy photo taken at Wright Field in Ohio. Item #16961