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Spruce Goose - Hughes H-4 Hercules - Signed Howard Hughes

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$1,495.00

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This Aviation Collectible is exquisitely Framed with double mattes and comes in a 1 ½" Matte Black Frame, exclusively produced by Planejunkie.

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Dimensions: 15.25" x 19.75"
Signature: Howard Hughes (Original Signature - Not a COPY)

First Day of Issue Envelope: New York Commemorative Stamp - 1939

Plane Type: Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"

 

Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976)  is largely known for being one of the wealthiest men and one of the most famous recluses, but hughes had many professional accomplishments before withdrawing from public life. 

Film and Flight

Son of a successful oil-drill tool manufacturer, he inherited the family business in 1923 at the age of 18. He used some of his fortune to finance films, beginning in 1926. He produced several movie, including the Wold War I epic Hell's Angels (1930), which featured expensive aerial flight sequences and the then-unknown actress named Jean Harlow. Some of this other significant films were Scarface (1932)  and The Outlaw (1941). During his days in Hollywood, Hughes developed a reputation for being a playboy, dating such actresses as Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner an Ginger Rogers.

Hughes developed a passion for flying and founded his own aircraft company in the early 1930s. Besides designing and building planes, he risked his own life several times testing planes and setting world air-speed records in the mid-to late 1930s. He is credited with many aviation innovations, such as the first retractable landing gear, and is also remembered for the H-4 Hercules, which the press nicknamed the Spruce Goose. For years, Hughes labored on this massive wooden seaplane, which was intended to transport troops and materials across the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Completed in 1947, it was flown only once and never went into production, however, Hughes maintained the H-4 in a climate-controlled hangar until his death in 1976. It is currently housed in the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. 

Envelope - Authenticity Statement:

We at Planejunkie have worked with famous aviators for 30+ years and inspect each and every signature we sell along with all First Day of Issue envelopes. We have either obtained the signatures we sell personally or purchase them from private trusted sources that we stake our reputation on.

I obtained this Cover from a long time Aviation Autograph Collector who has had this in his collection for over 35 yrs.
He bought it from Al Zimmerman's Auctions in New York in 1984.
At the time he bought it his auctions were the leading auctions in the U.S. for Aviation items. He and his Brother Joe Merman were the guys to go to for these types of Aviation signatures.
He is now selling his Aviation collection for others to enjoy and I am framing these one of a kind items with complimentary photos or artwork. 
There has never been a doubt about the signatures on the items that Al Zimmerman sold back then because most famous aviators were still living and collecting just wasn't what it is today.
He was the leading guy on Aviation Signatures back then, way before the current so called experts decided to convince collectors they knew it all and if it didn't have a COA from them it wasn't to be trusted. 

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