The Aviation Museum received its longest travelling donation to date

Mr. Otto Chan – retired engineer and aviation enthusiast from Sydney, Australia, recently took his first ever journey to the exhibits of the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C., USA) and RAF Museum Hendon (GB). Fulfilling his life’s dream, Mr. Chan came upon another unexpected gift from Fate. In a small antique store in Washington D.C. he discovered and purchased a signed first edition of Assen Jordanoff’s Your Wings, a 1937 reprint. The ownership inscription reveals it belonged to a pilot-trainee at the Roosevelt Field.

At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Mr. Chan was directed to the Aviation Museum (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), branch of the National Military Museum (Sofia, Bulgaria), as the likely institution to have interest in the book. And so it became that Mr. Otto Chan got in touch with us and following a brief exchange of letters, donated the book to the Aviation Museum, with the words:

“The journey of this book “Your Wings” is now completed. It is back to its permanent home where it truly belongs. I am sure Mr. Assen Jordanoff would be happy with that. I now have good reason to visit your country and especially your museum.

Take care my friends.

Otto Chan”

We thank Mr. Chan and hope to meet him soon in person.

We also thank the Bulgarian “Air Force Foundation”, who made possible the Sydney-Plovdiv flight of this gift.


17.02.2015 г.

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