HARMON & COLLIER TROPHY AIR MAIL SERVICE PILOT SMITH!
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HARMON & COLLIER TROPHY AIR MAIL SERVICE PILOT DEAN SMITH 1931 SIGNED COVER!Dean Cullen Smith, PIONEER MILITARY AVIATOR, U. S. AIR MAIL SERVICE PILOT AND RECIPIENT OF THE HARMON TROPHY, COLLIER TROPHY, ANTARCTIC MEDAL AND AIR MAIL MEDAL. An air mail commemorative cover, signed by Smith across the cartouche by Smith "TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY SEPTEMBER 23 1931 P.O.D - FIRST FLIGHT AIR MAIL MINEOLA N.Y. SEPTEMBER 23 1911". Postmarked MINEOLA 23 SEP 1931 and bearing multiple backstamps LOS ANGELES 26 SEP 1931. Excellent condition except for stains from the glue used to assemble the envelope, visible in the scan. Smith: (1898- ). pre-WWI aviation training as a New Mexico National Guardsman; USAS (1917-19); F.A.I./Aero Club of America Landplane Cert. no. 599 (10-4-16); Junior Military Aviator (1916); member or instructor, the thirty-fifth Reserve Military Aviator class at Kelly Field, the class of 3-16-1918; Reserve Military Aviator (1918); flying instructor (1918-19); resigned his commission as captain, NM National Guard (1919); U. S. Air mail Service pilot (1920-27); appointed 5-21-1920 and assigned at College Park MD (1920), Bellefonte PA (1920), Cleveland OH (1920), Omaha NE (1920-24), Hazelhurst Field (1924), Maywood Field (1924), Iowa City IA (1924-25) and Hadley Field (1925-27); he flew a total of 3,765 hours and 365, ... read more