Collection Item Summary:
This tablecloth was maintained by Jimmy Doolittle's wife Josephine. Following a dinner celebrating his first all-instrument flight in 1929, Josephine asked her guests to sign the white damask tablecloth that covered the dinner table and then embroidered over the names with black thread. She continued this tradition and collected hundreds of signatures of other aviation personalities. The Gen. Doolittel donated the tablecloth to the National Air and Space Museum in 1974.