Bonhams international auctioneers today announced the addition of the Dr. Ralph W.E. Cox Jr. Collection auction to be held on May 10th, in Cape May, New Jersey.

Dr. Ralph Cox Jr. died two years ago at the age of 97. A true pioneer, he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Pittsburgh University in 1937. But once this was achieved, he felt he'd backstopped a career in case his real desire fell foul and chose to pursue his true passion of aviation. Learning his craft in the Navy lead Dr. Cox to a colorful career-long association with the air industry, culminating into a major passenger and commercial aviation enterprise flying all over the country and further a field to Europe, South America and beyond, all from Dr. Cox’s business and home base, the former Naval Air Station at Cape May Country Airport, New Jersey, where he had founded the U.S. Overseas Airlines in 1949.