South Africa 1939 Alex Henshaw Record Flight Southbound


  • Lovely neat small format envelope carried "By favour of Alex Henshaw" on SOUTHBOUND RECORD TRIP.
  • Cachets of London East Airport Gravesend (m/s date 5.2.39) and Cape Town Municipal Airport 6 Feb 1939.
  • Addressed to Cape Town.
  • SIGNED "ALEX HENSHAW" on front.
  • Backstamped London East Airport Gravesend.
  • With accompanying letter to L A Wyndham in Cape Town.
  • Rare & important piece,
  • only 12 letters in total carried; uni-directional ones being the more elusive.
  • Superb.
  • Ex Milton Stern.
  • This flight set a new record of 1 day 15 hours & 25 minutes Southbound. Henshaw flew a Percival Mew Gull. His racing pilot friend Air Commodore Arthur Clouston described this flight as "Probably the most outstanding solo flight ever made."
  • We believe that as solo flights the records stand to this day.
  • See additional images below.
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