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1944 General Henry "Hap" Arnold Signed Typewritten Letter

Lot Number 1208

Quantity: Bid Starts: 02/07/2020 12:00:00 
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Who knew that Commanding General Arnold was so ahead of his time when it came to gender equity? Here, just a few short months before D-Day, the five-star officer encourages an aspiring aviatrix and her sister to dream big. "Dear Janice," he writes, "It was very pleasant to receive your letter in which you expressed your enthusiasm for the Army Air Forces and told me that both you and your sister, Jean, are determined to learn to fly. I hope nothing will occur to prevent either you or your sister from realizing your ambition to become pilots. In the years you have ahead of you before you are old enough to qualify as pilots there is much you can learn which will be of great value to you before you actually begin flight training...Many thanks for your cordial invitation to visit you. While the war is on I am afraid there isn't much chance that I will be in Easton, but if my official duties should occasion my having to be there, I hope you will identify yourself to me." The sheet of Air Force stationery has a 7-1/2" x 10" visible area that's EX-MT within a 19-1/2" x 14-1/2" frame. Arnold's signature is an "8-9" example. Auction LOA from JSA.

 

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