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HORST MERZ – COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HANS VON SCHILLER – HFSID 74877


HANS von SCHILLER and HORST MERZ

1971 commemorative envelope honoring Air Force Day at the RAF base in
Henlow, England, signed by German Zeppelin pilot Hans von Schiller and Horst
Merz, who piloted the Dornier Do-X. Accompanied by seven photos of the Do-X and
Zeppelins.

Commemorative envelope signed in blue ink in German, roughly
translated “Hans von Schiller/Zeppelin captain” and “Horst Merz/Leader
of the Do-X”.
German-language biographies of signers stamped on verso in
blue ink. Color, 6½x4¼ envelope. Commemorative envelope honoring Air Force Day
at RAF Henlow, with a color cachet of a Supermarine Southampton 2 flying boat at
left edge. Postmarked RAF Henlow, Henlow, England, May 31, 1971 and
RAF Post Office Kinloss Forres, Morayshire, England.
Two British stamps
affixed. Normal postal stamps. Discoloration in bottom right corner (does not
touch signature). Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Seven
unsigned photos. Purple and red ink stamps on verso. B/w, various sizes, none
over 5¾x4 overall, with some printed on cardstock. Lightly creased and bowed.
Otherwise in fine condition. German pilot von SCHILLER (1891-1976)
began his piloting career during World War I, where he participated in Zeppelin
bombing raids of London. After the war, he captained numerous Zeppelin
flights from Germany to the United States and South America
and
participated in flights to the Arctic and around the world.
In all, he
logged over a million miles in Zeppelins. After the Hindenburg disaster
ended commercial Zeppelin flights in 1937, von Schiller joined the Luftwaffe,
where he commanded a Cologne, Germany airbase and an air-sea rescue group in
Norway. German pilot MERZ is probably best remembered today as chief
pilot of the massive Dornier Do-X flying boat during its epic 10-month flight
from Friedrichshafen, Germany to New York City.
The Do-X was built in 1929
and, at that time, was the largest, heaviest and most powerful flying boat in
the world and was powered by a total of 12 engines, which managed to get the
massive plane only 500 meters off the ground. Merz and his crewmates took off
on Nov. 3, 1930 and hopped around Europe, enduring a fuel tank fire while moored
in Lisbon, Portugal, before landing in New York City on Aug. 27, 1931.
The
Do-X itself was unfeasible for commercial air transport, especially during the
Great Depression, and was destroyed during a bombing raid in
1943.

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