A vintage magazine photographic illustration of the IRISH AVIATOR PIONEER JAMES FITZMAURICE, who flew on the first East to West Trans-Atlantic flight, shaking the hand of American aviator FLOYD BENNETT, Byrd's pilot during his expedition to the North Pole who also flew the relief mission to the Bremen aviators.


- A 12-1/8 inch high by 8-3/4 inch wide leaf from the Argentinian sports magazine "El Grafico", with a full-page illustration of the Irish aviation pioneer James Fitzmaurice shaking the hand of American aviator Floyd Bennett following the Bremen's flight and shortly before Bennett's death from pneumonia in 1928. Fitzmaurice, in his officer's uniform wearing high boots over jodhpur pants and cap is portrayed shaking Floyd Bennett's hand in front of a tri-plane. Bennett is attired in a full-leather body suit with goggles over his pilot's hat. The corners are slightly creased and there are stab-marks along the page's right edge. A color illustration of the "Team Capital" soccer team is portrayed on the verso. Good. The Irish aviator, James Fitzmaurice served in the RAF during the first World War and subsequently joined the Irish National Army's Air Service following the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922. Fitzmaurice accompanied Captain Hermann Kohl and Baron Ehrenfried Gunther Freiherr von Hunefeld on the Bremen's trans-Atlantic flight, the first executed from East to West. The aviators were stranded on Greenly Island in Canada at the conclusion of the flight on April 13th, 1928. Floyd Bennett and Bernt Balchen flew a Ford Trimotor to offer relief to the stranded pilots. Bennett, who had contracted pneumonia during an earlier crash, succumbed to the disease a few days later. Founded by Constancio Vigil in 1919, "El Grafico" was an Argentine sports magazine which started as a weekly newspaper before subsequently turning exclusively to the coverage of sports. One of the most highly regarded sports magazines in Latin America, it came to earn the nickname "La Biblia de deporte" ("The Bible of sports").

Title: A vintage magazine photographic illustration of the IRISH AVIATOR PIONEER JAMES FITZMAURICE, who flew on the first East to West Trans-Atlantic flight, shaking the hand of American aviator FLOYD BENNETT, Byrd's pilot during his expedition to the North Pole who also flew the relief mission to the Bremen aviators.

Author Name: Fitzmaurice, James (1898-1965). Irish aviation pioneer who flew as part of the crew of the Bremen on the first successful trans-Atlantic flight from East to West.

Categories: Aviation,

Publisher: Argentina: El Grafico, [1928].: [1928].

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 37427

Keywords: AVIATION; ILLUSTRATION; MAGAZINE; PERIODICAL; IRISH AVIATOR; PIONEER; JAMES FITZMAURICE; FIRST EAST TO WEST TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT; BREMEN; FLOYD BENNETT; TWENTIETH CENTURY; 20TH CENTURY; RELIEF FLIGHT; EL GRAFICO; ARGENTINE; ARGENTINA; FORD TRIMOTOR; AIRP