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Title Framed 1935 letter from Admiral Richard E. Byrd to Walter Rich, with American flag & photograph of Curtiss Condor flying above three-masted schooner
Collection Walter Rich Collection
Object Name Correspondence
Scope & Content Typed letter from Admiral Richard E. Byrd to Walter Rich, with American flag & photograph of Curtiss Condor flying above three-masted schooner. Framed.

Text of letter reads:

9 Brimmer Street, Boston, Massachusetts

24 September 1935

Mr. Walter Rich
444 Madison Avenue
New York City

Dear Mr. Rich:

Due to the excellent co-operation I received from you as a member of the Board of Directors of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, in making possible our Second Expedition to the Antarctic, and equipping us with the best available aviation equipment, I wish to present you with and American flag, which I carried with me during our 30,000 miles of flying in the Antarctic.

You will be interested to know that the Curtiss-Wright Condor and the two Wright Cyclone engines which powered it never missed a beat during the entire expedition, even though we flew it on pontoons from the icy waters of the Antarctic, and on skiis from the snow at Little America, in temperatures as cold as 40° below zero.

I hope you will accept this little token of appreciation with my best wishes.

Cordially yours,

[Richard E. Byrd's signature]
Accession# 0089G12
Object ID 0089*12.1
People Rich, Walter John, Jr.
Byrd, Richard Evelyn, Jr., 1888-1957
Date 08/24/1935
Year Range from 1935
Year Range to 1935