The American Geographical Society’s Fliers’ and Explorers’ Globe is considered one of the most important and valuable globes in the world. Acquired in 1929 as a gift from then-AGS President John H. Finley, the Editor of The New York Times, it has been signed by virtually every major hero of exploration and aviation in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Globe signings are gala events covered extensively by the international press.
There are many well-known Fliers’ and Explorers’ Globe signers, ranging from polar explorers to aviators to astronauts. Some of the signers include Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, the crew of the Apollo 13 spacecraft, and many holders to travel records. The most recent signers of the Globe were cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Valentina Tereshkova, who was the first people to go for a “spacewalk” and the first woman in space, respectively. Currently, there are several potential signers approved to sign by the AGS Council including explorer and film director James Cameron, who, in 2012, performed the first solo dive with a submersible to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. If you might be interested in supporting one or more of these splendid activities, please let us know.