Joseph Smith Cut Signature (navigated over the treacherous, rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains in a Martin YB-10 in 1934) | PSA 84177952
- Autographed by Joseph Smith
- March 1934 was cold in Utah and Wyoming, but it seemed even colder to Captain Joseph Smith, a young Army Air Corps pilot assigned to fly the mail. Open cockpits, bad weather, and crude instruments took their toll, and 12 pilots died in the effort, but Joseph Smith prevailed. Flying a Martin YB-10, he navigated over the treacherous, rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains. This dramatic use of military airpower focused the nation's attention on the Air Corps' need for a modern, reliable, all-weather air force which would be needed as war clouds gathered around the world.
- PSA 84177952