AIR FORCE & NASA: ROBERT C. SEAMANS, JR. (1918-2008) TYPED LTR SIGNED, "Robert C. Stevens, Jr.", one page, 8 x 10, June 30, 1970, on "Office of the Secretary, Department of the Air Force, Washington" letterhead, regarding the death of American aviation pioneer Colonel Roscoe Turner. Seamans was a NASA Deputy Administrator and MIT professor and served on technical committees of NASA's predecessor organization, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. In 1965 he became NASA Deputy Administrator. In 1969 he became Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. In part: "It was with deep regret that we learned of the death of your husband. Colonel Roscoe Turner made many significant contributions to the development of aviation and we recognize that the Air Force has lost a true friend...." In fine condition.
Roscoe Turner (1895 – 1970) was a record-breaking American aviator who was a three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy air race, and widely recognized by his flamboyant style and his pet lion named Gilmore.