Sought-after commemorative airmail postal cover, 9.5 x 4, carried by Hughes on his triumphant 1938 around-the-world flight, signed in fountain pen by Howard Hughes, co-pilot Harry Connor, radio operator Dick Stoddart, flight engineer Edward Lund, navigator Tommy Thurlow, and manager Al Lodwick. The cover bears several postage stamps, postmarks, and rubber stamps indicating the primary stops on the record-setting journey: Paris, Moscow, Omsk, Yakutsk, Fairbanks, Minneapolis, and the final destination, New York City. Also includes a fabric 12 x 8 American flag carried on the journey around the globe. Attractively matted and framed with a small descriptive plaque to an overall size of 19.25 x 24. In fine condition, with the postal cancellation stamps affecting a couple of the crew’s signatures. In 1938, Hughes set a new around-the-world record of 3 days, 19 hours and 8 minutes. The flight took off on July 10 from an airfield on Long Island, New York, in a specially designed Lockheed 14N ‘Super Electra’ aircraft with a range of nearly 5,000 miles, making stops in the aforementioned cities, and establishing Hughes as a national hero. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Howard Hughes Flown cover and flag