Lady Hay Drummond-Hay
76 Strand London, W.C. 2. England.
Telephone: Temple Bar 7440.
Telegrams: Drumohay, Swiss, London.
Cables: Drumohay, London.
14th June, 1933.
I wouldn't part with this snapshot if I had not got another one just like it for myself! It reminds me of a very interesting visit to Akron, and most especially of cheery - and protracted - farewells as we were waiting for the "Waco" cabin from Troy to pick us up, and taking each landing aeroplane for the expected "Waco!"
I returned to New York for a few days after that short visit to Troy. Then back to Troy again, and spent more than two weeks there while they built a lovely cabin aeroplane for me, which I brought home, figuratively under my arm, on the s.s."Bremen," arriving at Southampton in the last days of May, so that I have really only just got my new aeroplane up to London. It was hauled on deck by means of a crane, and conveyed, wholly assembled and uncovered; disembarked at Southampton, taken to Hamble, there to be greased and washed and made ready for flight.
It has certainly created a wonderful impression over here, and I am very proud of it. I wish that I had had time to have brought it to show to you at Akron, because the under-part of the upper wings has been painted and decorated with a very beautiful Egyptian scarab pattern, in three shades of rich blue and gold - something really outstanding, and I know YOU would have appreciated it.
When I see Mr. Norman I will remember to give him your greetings, and I know he will be pleased to receive them.
With kind regards,
Grace M. Hay Drummond-HayA letter from Lady Grace Drummond-Hay, aviation journalist, to Shorty Fulton, Akron Municipal Airport Manager. In the letter, Lady Grace thanks Shorty for a photograph Shorty sent her, and tells him about her new airplane. Lady Grace Drummond Hay [1895-1946] was the first woman to travel around the world by air in the Graf Zeppelin. She wrote articles about her aerial adventures in mainstream American newspapers in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lady Grace became a well-known, well-respected journalist. During World War II, Lady Grace and her companion Karl H. von Wiegand were held in a Japanese camp in the Philippines. When they were set free in 1945, Lady Grace was very ill. They returned to the United States, but during their stay in New York, Lady Grace died of exhaustion.http://www.akronlibrary.org/internetresources/sc/finding/fulton.pdf
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