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OWN A PIECE OF AVIATION HISTORY FROM FAMOUS SMITHSONIAN AIRCRAFT
Have you ever wanted to step over the velvet rope in a museum and inspect an aircraft up close? We invite aviation enthusiasts to not only touch – but to own a swatch of fabric from 7 famous aircraft in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. Our site is offering aviation relic prints with 4-square-inch swatches of the original wing fabric – preserved from restorations by the Smithsonian and authenticated by them.
One of our relic prints depicts the 1911 Wright Vin Fiz – the first aircraft to fly coast-to-coast with 70 landings and 12 crashes en route from New York to California. The pilot, Cal Rodgers, finished the flight at Long Beach with crutches strapped to his battered Wright biplane. The aircraft was a “flying billboard” with VIN FIZ – THE IDEAL GRAPE DRINK painted on the underwing and tail. Vin Fiz was a grape soda company that sponsored the flight. It’s a little-known story – and a nice collectible from the early days of aviation.
Three other relic prints in the collection include American aircraft famous for their “first flights.” Also, a World War I German fighter – a World War I bomber built in Dayton, Ohio – and a beautiful 1914 French monoplane. All have been restored and are now part of the Smithsonian collection in Washington, D.C. These aircraft made aviation history – our goal is to preserve it.