Scarce Elly Beinhorn hand signed b/w photo. The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 6 x 4 inches.
Elly Beinhorn-Rosemeyer (1907 –2007) was a German pilot. In 1928, she attended a lecture by famed aviator Hermann Köhl, who had recently completed a historic East-West Atlantic crossing. At just 21 years old, she had a little money from an inheritance and against the wishes of her parents learned to fly under the tutelage of instructor Otto Thomsen. She had soon learned to fly solo in a small Klemm KL-20, but her money was running out, so it was suggested she give aerobatic displays at weekends.
In in 1931 she seized the opportunity to fly to Portuguese Guinea (now Guinea-Bissau) West Africa on a scientific expedition. On the return journey, engine failure resulted in a crash-landing in the Sahara. With the help of nomadic Tuareg tribesmen, Elly joined a camel caravan to Timbuktu. She subsequently returned to the crash site to recover parts of the plane. Word of her plight reached the French authorities and they sent a military two-seater plane to collect her.
In April 1931, fully recovered, she was able to fly herself back to Berlin to a warm reception from the crowds.
Soon after this, she embarked on another flight, her Klemm monoplane developing mechanical problems near Bushire, Persia. She found Moye Stephens, another pilot, in Bushire, who helped her fix the problem on her Klemm. Stephens and travel-adventure writer Richard Halliburton were flying around the world in a Stearman C-3B biplane, The Flying Carpet. She accompanied them on part of their flight, including the trip to Mount Everest.
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