HE WAS AN AMERICAN AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER WHO DEVELOPED THE AIR-COOLED ENGINE USED ON MANY HISTORIC FLIGHTS, INCLUDING THE ONE THAT POWERED CHARLES LINDBERGH’S “SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS” FLIGHT TO PARIS, AS WELL AS THE LONG-DISTANCE FLIGHTS OF AMELIA EARHART, CLARENCE CHAMBERLIN AND ADMIRAL BYRD.
CHARLES LANIER LAWRANCE (1882-1950) SIGNED CARD, “Best wishes for 1929, Charles L. Lawrance”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the American aeronautical engineer who was instrumental in the development of air-cooled aircraft engines. His own company, the Lawrance Aero Engine Company, was purchase by Wright Aeronautical in 1923. In 1925, Lawrance would become the president of Wright Aeronautical and lead the development of the Wright J-5 Whirlwind that powered the “Spirit of St Louis” that flew Lindbergh to Paris. Long-distance flights of Admiral Byrd, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Clarence Chamberlin were all made possible by the Whirlwind series of engines, which could operate continuously for 33.5 hours. He won the 1927 Collier Trophy for the year’s greatest achievement in American aviation. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.