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1917 AVIATION COLLECTIBLE AND JIGSAW PUZZLE

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Great for anybody interested in aviation and good hands-on aids to teach kids about history.

The aircraft pictured in the relic print is the De Havilland DH-4 – the first one of 3,106 built at the Dayton-Wright Aeroplane Company (Ohio) in 1917. Pictured on the left in the archival image is Orville Wright, a consulting engineer for the company at the time.

The jigsaw puzzle shows a De Havilland DH-4 at a grass airfield, a Mail Express motorcycle driver, a Ford Model T converted into a U.S. mail truck and a couple of “mailmen.” The puzzle is 21” x 15” with 300 pieces.

The DH-4 flew as a day bomber and reconnaissance aircraft in World War One and after the war ended, DH-4s carried the mail. Charles Lindbergh, first to cross the Atlantic non-stop, flew airmail in a De Havilland DH-4 on his route between St. Louis and Chicago. It was a novelty to have your letter carried in an “aeroplane” back then.

The relic print (15” x 20”) has attached to it a four-square-inch swatch of the original wing fabric from the first Dayton-Wright DH-4. It’s now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. The fabric was preserved when they restored the aircraft and is authenticated by a signed Certificate of Authenticity from the National Air and Space Museum (see pics) with two pages of historical documentation.

The print with fabric, Certificate of Authenticity, documentation and jigsaw puzzle – everything for $195. Nice Christmas gift.
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