Post by BasSWarwick on Nov 28, 2016 3:20:48 GMT -5
I thought it might be a nice idea to have a separate thread for FAM and Inaugural covers. It was a topic I collected earlier and I still have a large collection.This one was posted on the 'aircraft stamps' thread but its probably more at home here.
Stamp on cover - #C22 – 1937 50c Trans-Pacific carmine.
Mystic list these used at US$6.95 - that seems expensive. 2 US airmail stamps were issued on February 15, 1937 for use on the new Trans-Pacific Airmail Service to Hong Kong and to China. (The other one was green and value 20c) .
Postmark. Morgan Annex - The Morgan Annex was and is a major mail sorting centre in Manhattan and it's attached to the Farley building. It's also where an enormous amount of incoming and outgoing foreign mail was sorted which is why the naval mail service was based there.
Cover - First Air Mail Flight New York - Bolama Feb 1st 1941
Post by BasSWarwick on Nov 28, 2016 3:34:09 GMT -5
Pan Am 707 Clipper Jet inaugurates first U.S. commercial jet service on Oct. 26, 1958. New York - Paris. Interesting that they would use a 1946-47 15c Air Mail #C35 Stamp - New York Skyline. Has a nice Paris back-stamp . There is also a 'barber pole' cover circulating, but haven't seen many of this one shown here*.
There is often treasure in trash. but sometimes its just recycled trash
Post by BasSWarwick on Nov 28, 2016 4:15:52 GMT -5
Also interesting is the fact that the back stamp is an ERROR - YEAR Jan 6th 1338
Samoan Clipper was one of ten Pan American Airways Sikorsky S-42 flying boats. It exploded over Pago Pago, American Samoa, on January 11, 1938, while piloted by famous aviator, Ed Musick. Musick and his crew of six died in the crash.
The aircraft developed an engine problem shortly after taking off from Pago Pago Harbor. The S-42 was fully loaded with fuel and exceeding the gross weight maximum for a safe landing. Because of this, Captain Musick elected to dump fuel before attempting an emergency landing. However, because of the seaplane's weight and reduced power, the S-42 circled the harbor with flaps extended to maintain lift while fuel dumping was in progress. Apparently, Sikorsky and Pan American had never tested fuel dumping with flaps fully extended. The position of the fuel dump vents on the wing, coupled with the consequent airflow with extended flaps created a back flow of vaporizing fuel which lingered and grew around the trailing edge of the wing.
It is believed that an explosive fuel/air mixture eventually extended to the engine exhaust manifold causing a catastrophic detonation that destroyed the plane in flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoan_Clipper
The aircraft on the New Zealand Air Mail stamps is a De Havilland DH84 Dragon, which was one of the aircraft on which the first economic scheduled airline services was started in early 1930's.
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