Button shows white text and an illustration of a white monoplane with red markings over a yellow and orange background.
YANK JUNIOR AIRPLANE SERIES RELIANCE MFG CO CHICAGO ILL.
Though marked 41-A, this button refers to the Vultee V-1A, a single-engine passenger plane designed by Gerard Vultee that first flew in 1933. Though airlines bought the model, its use was greatly cut back in 1936 when the U.S. government ruled that all commercial passenger aircraft had to have multiple engines. Several private companies and pilots continued to use the plane.
In 1936, Harry Richman and Dick Merrill bought a V-1A once flown by James Doolittle for a planned roundtrip flight from New York to London. They had it filled with thousands of ping-pong balls to help it float in case of a water landing. They landed in Wales, went on to London, and on the return flight had to make an emergency landing in Newfoundland, flying on to New York a week later.
This button is part of a larger set of 20 buttons, each with an illustration of a different airplane. They were originally given away by Yank Junior clothing with purchases.