The 4-square inch swatch of the original wing fabric included with this relic print was preserved when the Smithsonian restored the Curtiss NC‑4 before installing it in their permanent collection. Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Deputy-Director of the National Air and Space Museum and 2 pages of colorful historical information on this aviation milestone along with aircraft specs. An extraordinary flight and an opportunity to own a piece of early naval aviation history.
The following description of the Curtiss NC-4 appears on your relic print, just below the original fabric swatch.
“The Curtiss NC-4 was the first airplane to complete a trans-Atlantic flight. On May 27, 1919, the flying boat set down on the water of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal. The 4000-mile flight from Rockaway Beach, New York, was accomplished in nineteen days. The NC-4 is part of the collection of the National Air and Space Museum and is currently on loan to the Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida.”
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